Riding for the Disabled members enjoy grand day out

RDA members in Swinton Park.

Four riders with disabilities and a group of volunteer helpers from the Richmond & Catterick Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Group enjoyed an event billed as a Grand Day Out on Saturday.

Courtesy of Lady Swinton, an active member of the House of Lords and an avid disability campaigner, riders with their volunteer leaders and side walkers rode through the woods from Masham Riding and Trekking Centre and the grounds of Swinton Park.

They returned after an hour for a picnic.

The group was joined by the RDA National Holidays lead, Judy Olby, her son, Peter, and volunteer Rae from Otley RDA.

To conclude the day, the group visited Brymor Ice Cream Parlour.

Coach Sheri Wild said: “We’ve had a day out each year for our disabled riders. Of course, the pandemic put paid to it last year.

“So this year was extra special. We’re very grateful to Lady Swinton and her team at Masham Riding and Trekking Centre for once again hosting us in the beautiful grounds of Swinton Park.

“We were delighted to have Judy, Peter and Rae join us for our picnic lunch as it was Judy’s brainchild to have a Grand Day Out when holidays had to be curtailed.

“This led to RDA national office, with support from People’s Postcode Lottery, providing us with a grant. At the end of the day, over a delicious ice cream treat at Brymor Ice Cream Parlour, everyone – our riders and amazing volunteers – agreed it was a truly grand day out.”