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Firm’s funding support for disabled riding team

From left, Chloe Wyatt, Morpeth RDA coach Laura Winter, Bellway Homes sales manager Alex Philipson, Kaelin Fairgrieve and St Mary's Inn manager Robin Freer.
From left, Chloe Wyatt, Morpeth RDA coach Laura Winter, Bellway Homes sales manager Alex Philipson, Kaelin Fairgrieve and St Mary's Inn manager Robin Freer.

The Morpeth RDA (Riding for the Disabled) Group has received useful donations to help get riders and ponies to the RDA National Championships next month.

If the group has the required funds in place, it will have a team of eight. In May, it qualified to take part in the event at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, on July 13, 14 and 15.

Morpeth RDA Group chairman, Abby Boyle, said: “This is a very significant competition and one of the largest events of its kind in the world for disabled riders.

“It is a flagship event, bringing together hundreds of competitors of all abilities in events including carriage driving, countryside challenge, dressage, show jumping, vaulting and showing.

“Naturally, we are very keen to garner support for our riders to compete at Hartpury College.

“We approached Bellway Homes, knowing of its support for local events, and were delighted when it offered £500 towards the cost of us transporting our horses and riders to Gloucestershire.

“In addition, St Mary’s Inn at Stannington Park has also donated £250 towards our costs, which is really fantastic.”

The championships at Hartpury have grown year on year and many of the current Great Britain Paralympic riders have competed at the event.

Those who qualified from Morpeth RDA Group are both children and adults and most of them have benefited from riding with the group for many years.

Chloe Wyatt, aged 14, started riding at Morpeth RDA at a young age and is now a very confident rider and a member of Morpeth Hunt Pony Club.

She qualified in both the dressage and show jumping classes on her pony, Billy.

Kaelin Fairgrieve, aged 12, is a visually impaired rider who has been with Morpeth RDA for six years.

She has benefited greatly from riding and has improved her core strength so much that she now has an excellent posture when sitting on a pony.

Kaelin really trusts Baz, the pony she rides, and feels very relaxed when taking part in lessons.

If you wish to add your support, call Abby at The Pegasus Centre in Tranwell on 01670 518219.