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2017

SEPTEMBER


After quite a few journeys to and fro, we have all now settled in to our new home at Manor Farm Stables in Chilton Foliat. The horses are all looking very well after a relaxed summer and they have been out on some lovely hacks across the amazing expanse of beautiful farm land which lies behind the stables with the kind permission of Mr and Mrs Pearce. We are also looking forward to taking some of more able riders out to enjoy the countryside.

The new term started on 12th September with a flurry of activity organizing our new riders and welcoming back our regulars. We have a dedicated classroom/meeting room at the stables in a portable cabin which was purchased with money raised from the Hearstone Art Exhibition, which was held in July. This will be our main base, where riders will sign in and get their hats and boots before going out in to the yard for their riding sessions. It will also provide a waiting area for parents, school staff and carers and of course a place for our volunteers to gather for a cup of tea and a chat!

​​​​​​​The summer brought us some very mixed weather, but we hope that our volunteers all had a good break and are ready for a busy time ahead.  On Saturday 16th September we are holding a table top sale in the Memorial Hall in Lambourn where we will be selling home made cakes, gifts, good quality second hand clothes and some equestrian items. On the following weekend on Saturday 23rd September we hope to get a team together to run in the Ridgeway Run and on Tuesday 26th September we have invited all our sponsors, donors and supporters to have a look around our new stables, which will be followed by a riding demonstration and refreshments with an opportunity to find out about our plans for the future. We look forward to welcoming them all.


AUGUST

It was a busy summer with plenty going on. The main riding activity focused on the RDA National Championships, which two of our riders, Alex MacKinney and Ellen Benn had qualified for earlier in the year. This is one of the biggest weekend’s in the RDA calendar and it is a massive competition spread over three days. The standard is extremely high and we were therefore absolutely delighted that Ellen came second in her class and Alex came joint third in her class. This is a great achievement for both riders who had both worked very hard.

On the same weekend as the National Championships, Maddle Farm was transformed by a wonderful range of sculptures and art by Heartstone Arts and over the following week we welcomed numerous friends, supporters and visitors. The Exhibition had been instigated by a chance meeting between artist, Lendon Scantlebury and one of our Trustees, but sadly at the start of the year, Lendon suddenly and unexpectedly died. We are therefore indebted to Lendon’s partner, Dawn Benson and to Meriel Lewis for continuing as planned and for all their hard work in curating the exhibition and inviting 45 artists to exhibit their work – no mean feat when there were over 250 sculptures, paintings and prints on display inside in the riding school and outside in Pauline and Nick Spence’s gardens, all for sale with prices ranging from £2.50 for a home-made card to £89,000 for a full-size bronze of a horse! Proceeds from the sales were split between Lambourn RDA and The Heartstone Fund, in memory of Lendon Scantlebury. It was a wonderful display of art and sculpture and from the feedback we received during the week, many people really enjoyed the opportunity to see such a range of inspiring pieces.

The other main activity over the summer has been looking for a new yard for Lambourn RDA.  A small group of some of the Trustees looked at four possible local premises, all of which had a lot to offer and we were very encouraged by the welcome we received from them all. After very careful consideration, we have agreed that Manor Farm Stables on the B4192 at Chilton Foliat, near Hungerford, RG17 0TJ, will be a very good new base for the Group.  It is a British Horse Society approved livery yard and we shall have our own yard for the ponies, with turn out paddocks, use of a horse walker, and an excellent outdoor manege.  There is plenty of parking and a Portacabin style building will be installed to be used as a classroom and waiting/coffee room.

JULY

Lambourn RDA are moving from Maddle Farm after around 30 years!

It is going to be very sad and a huge upheaval for us all, but it is also a very exciting oportunity to continue to develop the Group in the future.

We are looking for somewhere which has grazing/stabling for a maximum of six horses/ponies with an outdoor manege as a minimum and ideally safe access to some hacking. It would also be beneficial to have an indoor space for our riders and volunteers to meet and wait and perhaps have a cup of coffee or two!

If you can help please contact our Chairman, Frances Lochrane on 07798 941229 or flochrane@btinternet.com


FEBRUARY

We are already into the second half of the term and our riders are all enjoying their riding. We have had some very chilly days with a few sessions having to be confined to the indoor school, but we do try to get outside as much as possible. We are already thinking about the RDA dressage competitions and preparations are beginning to be made, selecting the right tests and starting to practice. We are not out of the winter yet and we would remind everyone to keep an eye on our website and social media in case any sessions have to be cancelled due to the weather.
 
Sadly, our Stable Manager has decided that she is no longer able to work for us and we are therefore urgently looking for a new stable manager. The job entails providing daily care and management of the Lambourn RDA horses and ponies and maintaining the RDA equine yard to a high standard. Reporting to the Chairman of Lambourn RDA this role is based at Maddle Farm, Upper Lambourn. This is an important role requiring an expert knowledge of horses, quick decision making, adaptability and leadership skills. We need to provide care for our horses 7 days a week and therefore this position would be very suited to a job share and we will be flexible in order to find the right person or people. We offer a good hourly rate. Please contact Frances Lochrane on 07798 941229 to find out more or to apply.
 
We have now found a lovely little grey 12.2hh pony called Lily, who has been on trial with us. She hasn’t put a hoof out of place, so we will be buying her to join our team on a permanent basis. We are also very lucky to have the gorgeous Strumbles on loan again while we continue to look for a 13.2/3 and a 14.2 – 15hh. Thank you very much to the generous Armytage family for allowing Strumbles to help us out again.
 
Don’t forget to get your table booked for the Bridge Lunch on Thursday 9th March in the Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. Please contact Meg on 07860 203301 or Rosy on 01672 541589 to book your table.



JANUARY

The new term started on January 17th and as always, particularly for the first part of this term, we would remind everyone to keep an eye on our website and social media in case any sessions have to be cancelled due to the weather.
 
Now that the festive season has come to an end, we have had time to reflect on the most fantastic, fun Christmas party of the season, which was organised by Claire Barratt, Jane Rowlinson and Katie Osborne with the help and support from a huge team of people, not least all those wonderful people who bought tickets. A staggeringly large sum of money was raised for Lambourn RDA, far more than anyone could ever have expected - with the ticket sales, donations, auction bids, raffle money, gift aid etc., the sum is definitely over £60,000! We cannot thank everyone enough for the enormous amount of work that went into organising the party and to the Rowlinsons for providing such a spectacular venue. What an amazing way to end the year. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
 
Haffy, our lovely 14.1hh Haflinger pony, who has been on box rest, following an injury, is now recovering well and is hopefully going to be back in light work very soon, although it is unlikely he will be able to do the number of sessions he was prior to his injury. With the retirement of two other ponies last year, we are therefore looking to buy some new permanent horse/ponies.So the search begins for a 12.2hh/13.2hh, 14.2hh and 15.2/16hh - quite a shopping list!
 
Planning ahead, our annual bridge lunch will be held on Thursday 9th March in the Walwyn Hall in Lambourn. This is very popular and tables go fast, so please check our website for details a bit nearer the time or contact Frances Lochrane on 01488 72953 to book your table. There are plenty of other events and activities being planned for the rest of the year, so do keep checking our website for details.



2016

We ended the year with our Christmas parties and a visit from Father Christmas bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. We also presented some of our riders with their RDA Endeavour Awards. This new Award has been designed to enable groups to recognise and reward individual achievements by ALL riders; regardless of ability or time spent in sessions – and without the constraints of any set syllabus or the need to take any kind of test. So we are looking forward to celebrating success with many more of our riders in 2017.
 
The AGM took place on 6th December and was very well attended by many of our members. After around 30 years of running Lambourn RDA, Pauline Spence decided it was time to give someone else the opportunity to be Chairman and was subsequently unanimously voted in as our first ever President. Lambourn RDA would not exist without all the hard work Pauline has devoted to the RDA for all those years and we are all very very grateful for everything she has done.  We are fortunate that Nick and Pauline Spence are happy for us to remain running the Group at Maddle Farm, so our new term will start on Tuesday 17th January with all our sessions running as normal. Frances Lochrane was voted in as our new Chairman and Jill Fitzpatrick is taking up a new role as Deputy Chairman.
 
After a very mixed period with some ups and downs with our horses and ponies, sadly Ranger and Ivey have been retired. Haffy has been on box rest, following an injury, but he is recovering well and we hope that with continued improvement he will be brought back into work in the Spring.  In order to continue our sessions, we therefore badly needed a couple of ponies and following an email and a cry for help on social media we were totally overwhelmed by the response. Within 24 hours we had been offered a number of ponies and as a result Strumbles and Sasha came to help us out. We would like to thank everyone who responded and shared the messages and to the two wonderful families who lent us their ponies.

AUGUST

The Autumn Term starts on Tuesday 13th September and we look forward to catching up with everyone after the holidays.

The main fund raising event in September is The Ridgeway Run which takes place on Saturday 24th September. We have 9 brave runners signed up, but if there are any more keen runners out there, we would love to hear from you to sign up to run and raise money for Lambourn RDA. Please support our runners by visiting www.mydonate.bt.com and searching for Lambourn RDA. For more details, visit www. theridgewayrun.com and if you would like to sign up, please contact Frances Lochrane on 01488 72953.

We had a very busy weekend at the National Championship's with riders competing on both Saturday and Sunday. Alex went first on Saturday and rode a brilliant test riding Ivey, scoring 106.5/62.64%. On Sunday, Ellen rode Louis and did one of the best tests we have seen them do, scoring 128/71.1%, which is a personal best. Both our riders worked very hard to achieve these results and we are very proud of them both. A huge thank you also goes to the Lambourn Team who gave up an enormous amount of time to instruct, groom, transport and generally make it happen. An exhausting but very rewarding weekend.

On the 21st July, we enjoyed meeting the group of officers from the Thames Valley Police who stopped off at Lambourn RDA on a ride to get to know the area and its people better.

Two officers from the mounted division, based in Milton Keynes arrived on their beautiful police horses, Trojan and Odin. They were accompanied by three officers from the Lambourn team, based in Hungerford and six officers from the Faringdon Neighbourhood team, three very bravely on bicycles! After refreshments they set off for Sheeprove via Lambourn, joined by four of our horses and riders.

The horses are enjoying the summer break, mostly at leisure in their paddocks, but they also like being taken out for rides around the beautiful Lambourn Downs. Some of our volunteers took a few of our regular riders on a picnic ride which was a lovely day out for everyone.


JULY

We would like to welcome our new stable manager Paula, who started working for us on 1st July. Paula is well known to many of us as she has helped out with the horses occassionally in the past. She therefore knows the horses and ponies and the yard at Maddle Farm. We look forward to working with Paula.

Even though the summer term has finished we are still busy with our two riders who have qualified for the National Championship's at Hartpury College on the 16th and 17th July. This means team Lambourn are busy washing, grooming and plaiting in preparation to ensure the horses look their very best. Alex MacKinney competed on Ivey on Saturday and Ellen Benn competed on Louis on Sunday.  A small team of people accompanied the riders and we were all delighted with the results. Alex scored 106.5/62.64%, coming seventh in her class and Ellen scored 128/71.1%, coming second in her class. Ivey and Louis both behaved impeccably and didn't put a hoof wrong. We are very proud of all of them. Four of our riders who come from Newbury College also entered pictures in to the Arts and Crafts competition which was judged on Friday. Results to follow. 

A huge thank you to everyone who made going to Hartpury possible: Paula for turning the horses out to such a high standard; our drivers Teresa and Frances; Jane for all her instruction and support; Emma for leading and of course to family and friends who came to cheer them on.

Once the competitions are over our horses will be enjoying the rest of the summer break, hopefully soaking up some sunshine out in the paddocks at Maddle Farm. We will be carrying out some essential maintenance work over the summer as well as cleaning tack etc. in readiness for the new term which starts on 13th September.

Our Grand Draw which took place at the Leavers Supper on 7th July was a huge success, raising around £3,500 for Lambourn RDA. We would like to thank everyone who generously donated all the wonderful prizes, our volunteers who sold tickets far and wide and of course to all those people who bought the tickets.

If there are any keen runners out there we would love to hear from you to sign up for The Ridgeway Run which takes place on Saturday 24th September. We already have a number of people signed up for both the 5 mile and 10 mile run to raise money for Lambourn RDA, but we would love to have more. The run starts and finishes in Ashbury, taking in Ashdown House, Uffington White Horse Hill, Wayland’s Smithy along the Ridgeway and surrounding countryside. For more details visit www. theridgewayrun.com and if you would like to sign up, please contact Frances Lochrane on 01488 72953.

JUNE

After a very busy term we finish riding sessions on the 7th July and we celebrate the end of term with a prize giving to recognise the achievements of all our riders over the year. We also have a helpers supper on the 7th July which gives all the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday helpers the chance to get together and reflect on the events of the year. We will also be presenting Volunteer Certificates to mark significant milestones achieved by our wonderful team of helpers and drawing the prizes for our Grand Raffle. So if you haven’t got your tickets yet and would like to buy some, tickets are available in some of the Lambourn shops or you can contact Jane Adamson on 01488 648826.

Team Lambourn had a fantastic day at Wellington Equestrian for the RDA Southern Region Show. Christopher Houchin won his class riding Louis with 67.78%, which was a great result as this was his first competition. Alex McKinney won her class riding Ivey with 67.06% which has qualified her for the Championship's and Ellen Benn rode a super test on Louis finishing second with 73.89% also qualifying for the Championship's at Hartpury College on the 15th,16th and 17th July. Well done to our riders and thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers for all their help on the day.


Over 60 tennis players took part in the first ever RDA Tennis Tournament on the 5th June, organised by Charlie James. 8 Courts in the Lambourn Valley hosted the games, with the semi-finals and final played at Charlie's house in East Garston. It was a competitive tournament, with Mr and Mrs Orr-Ewing eventually succumbing to Charlie Smith and Harriet Lombe. The winners were presented with their prize by John Francombe. The RDA helpers provided a delicious lunch for the players and their supporters, young and old, and we all had a great day in the sunshine. A huge thank you to Charlie James and Mandy Weldon for organising the event which raised £2,650 for Lambourn RDA.

APRIL/MAY

We had a very busy Easter break which found many of our volunteers baking and cooking. On Good Friday we set up our colourful cake stall which was laden with a very wide range of delicious homemade cakes and bakes. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who manned the stall all day every last crumb was sold raising a fantastic £410 for our funds. Sadly we were unable to provide pony rides this year, which is the first time we haven’t taken our ponies for as long as anyone can remember, however the cost of providing insurance for the day has just become too expensive.

On the Tuesday after Easter our aprons were back on as guest chefs for the evening in the Rose & Crown Inn in Ashbury. Thanks to our volunteers and supporters we had a full house of 55 booked in for the 3 course meal for just £10! Everyone had a really enjoyable evening and not only did we raise £366 we also won the guest chef competition with the highest score for our food. 

We had a successful Bridge Day at Oaksey House, which provides such a lovely venue right in the centre of Lambourn. We feel extremely privileged to be able to use this space and we are hugely grateful to all the staff who make it possible. We had a very full house with 21 tables, and thanks to everyone who came and helped on the day we raised £2,400.

At the bridge day we launched our Grand Draw with tickets available for only £1. There are some fantastic prizes such as a 3 bedroom villa in Northern Cyprus for a week, 2 tickets for the Aegon Tennis Championships at Queen’s Club, London, a Lady’s Jacket from Browne & Daughters and many many more. The draw will be made on the 7th July at the Helpers Supper, so there is plenty of time to get hold of a ticket for a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.


The summer term started on the 19th April and we are now concentrating on getting as much practice as possible for those riders who will be competing at the RDA Regional Show at Wellington in June. This is a qualifier for the National Championship which is held later in the year.  We are hoping to be able to take more riders this year because a new class has been added which is an introduction to dressage, which is the perfect opportunity for those riders who are not quite ready for the main classes just to have a go and experience a competition. We are really looking forward to the challenges ahead.

FEBRUARY/MARCH

Although we have been experiencing some extreme weather courtesy of storm Henry and Imogen, we have managed to keep the majority of our riding sessions going this term. As we go into the second half of the term and approach spring, we are focusing on the RDA dressage competitions and will be beginning to prepare our riders. The first competition is on the 5th June, which is a bit later than previous years, so we thankfully have more time to practice.

Don’t forget to come and visit us at the Lambourn Open Day, where we usually have a cake stall full of delicious goodies baked by our wonderful volunteers. Our ponies will be there in force giving pony rides and you will also be able to see all the information about adopting one of our ponies. So do come and see us in the paddock next to the Equine Veterinary Centre from 1pm.

On the 29th March, Lambourn RDA are going to be guest chefs in the Rose & Crown in Ashbury. This is a very enterprising event being organised by the pub every Tuesday evening in February and March. The challenge is to provide a 3 course meal for £10 and we keep any profit we make on the food. The menu will be published in advance, so do please put the date in your diary and book into the Rose & Crown to enjoy good food in a wonderful cosy country pub.


The summer term will start on the 19th April, when we are looking forward to warmer weather and plenty of riding outside in the beautiful countryside around Maddle Farm.

JANUARY

We wish all our riders, friends, supporters and volunteers a very Happy New Year.

Our new term starts on Tuesday 12th January and we look forward to seeing all our riders after the break. As the weather can be a bit unpredictable this term, we do remind everyone to keep checking our website, which is updated regularly with weather reports and cancellations.   


We are holding our annual bridge lunch on Thursday 25th February, which is a bit earlier than in previous years, so please do book your tickets. Full details can be found on our website or you can contact Pauline on 01488 71674.                               

2015

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

The autumn term continues to go very well, with everyone settling in and gaining confidence in their riding. The weather has generally been dry and quite mild, which means our riders can carry on riding in the outdoor school and take advantage of the beautiful countryside around the Farm. We hope the dry weather stays so we can maintain all our riding sessions for the rest of the term. All of our horses and ponies have now had their first clip of the winter and they are looking very smart.

We ended the year on a very happy note with our Christmas parties marking the end of term with a visit from Santa. Some of our riders have been working towards their RDA Endeavour Awards and these were also presented at the end of Term. We were delighted that a few more people adopted a pony when we were in the Library at Lambourn’s Open Evening on 4th December. We hope to see them later in the year when they have the opportunity to come to Maddle Farm to meet the ponies and join us for afternoon tea. 

OCTOBER

We are delighted to report that the hats we bought last year, which don’t comply with a recent change in EU regulations, have been donated to Nairobi RDA, kindly transported by British Airways for free. We received the following message and photo's from Nairobi:

Dear Frances,

Maria arrived yesterday with a huge box of your beautiful hats, just in time for our afternoon rda session. Thank you so much. It means that we can retire our rather older models for your wonderful new ones.  They work really well and are obviously a lot more comfortable for our riders.

No doubt you know how difficult and expensive it is for us to keep up dating our equipment.  Your very genius donation is amazing and very timely.

Once again thank you so much

All the best


Sue (Anderson) RDA Coordinator

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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

The autumn term started on the 8th September and it's lovely to see everyone again after the summer break. Hopefully everyone will be refreshed and ready for the weeks ahead. 


The first week of term was taken up with hat fitting! Following a change to EU regulations we have had to purchase new hats for all our riders, which has been quite a costly exercise. The hats we bought last year, which are perfectly good but have not been tested to the new standard, are hopefully going to be sent abroad so they will not go to waste.

We are still desperately short of volunteers for our session on a Thursday morning. We are constantly being approached asking if we have space for new riders and we would like to be in a position to offer as many people as possible the chance to ride with us and experience the therapeutic benefits of riding. Without our wonderful volunteers our group would not be able to function, so if you are able to help we would love to hear from you. We provide all our volunteers with support and training, so previous knowledge of horses is not essential. 

As we approach the winter months fund raising is always uppermost in our minds with the additional costs for feed and bedding.  We are very grateful for local support, in particular we would like to thank Ian Barratt for having a collection at his recent birthday celebrations and for the very generous donations received as a result and to Newbury Racecourse for inviting us to do a bucket collection which raised £500. We had an entertaining, if rather chilly evening for Newbury Dramatic Society’s production of “Oh! What the Dickens!”. It certainly wasn’t the warm summer evening we had anticipated and although the Pimms went down well, mulled wine might have been more appropriate! We had a full house and thanks to all our supporters we raised just over £1,200. 

July

Alex Mackinney and Ellen Benn went to the RDA National Championships at Hartpury on the 18th and 19th July respectively to compete in dressage. Both did exceptionally well and we are very proud of them both. Alex came 6th against very stiff competition and Ellen came 3rd out of a very large class of 32 with only 3 points between the top three competitors. We could not enter our riders into competitions without the help of a great team of people and of course our star horse Louis. Thank you to everyone who helped our riders achieve this super result.

The summer term always seems to go by quickly and we had some wonderful sunny days to enjoy riding outside. We had beautiful weather when we welcomed some of our benefactors to Maddle Farm to have a look around and watch some of our riding sessions. It was so lovely to meet so many of our supporters and for them to see how much fun we have.

On the last Tuesday of the term, as well as having our usual barbecue and prize giving, we were joined by the Wantage RDA Group for a Fun Day. This has become an annual event and one we all look forward to. Wantage kindly provided a magnificent spread for the helpers’ lunch and there were a lot of clean plates by the end! 

Before we all go our separate ways for the summer, all the volunteers get together for supper to reflect on the past year and thank everyone for all their help and support. It is an opportunity for the helpers from the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday groups to get together and swap notes! Most of us will now enjoy the break before we start to plan for next term as we welcome new riders.

Ellen Benn and Alex Mackinney will be going to the National Championships at Hartpury on the 18th and 19th July to compete in the dressage and we wish them every success.

Looking ahead to the 3rd September, we are staging a production of a play which celebrates the life of Charles Dickens. The play titled ‘Oh What a Lovely Dickens’ will take place at Maddle Farm at 7pm.  Tickets cost £15 to include Pimms and Canapés. To apply.


We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us through another (academic) year of riding and particularly to all those who have kindly donated money to our group. We couldn’t continue without this invaluable help.

June

We were back at Wellington in June for the RDA Fun Day. We took 5 of our horses and ponies and we had 14 riders competing in dressage, handy pony and a walk in the woods! As you can imagine this is quite an outing to organise and we couldn’t do it without the amazing support of all our volunteers, parents, teachers and carers. All our riders came home with lovely rosettes and big smiles. Photographs.

Unfortunately we have had to postpone our Golf Day this year because we didn’t have enough teams entered to play in June. We are hoping to re-schedule this fantastic event later in the year and we would ask that you spread the word to everyone you know who plays golf. It is a really fun day on a beautiful course within easy reach of the A34 and M4. A new date will be posted on our website as soon as possible.


We are really excited about our new fundraising service BT MyDonate. This is a free fundraising service where every penny donated comes directly to us. We would like to thank Anna Chapman for being the first to use this service to donate all her sponsorship for competing in The Windsor Triathlon on 14th June. Anna not only completed the Windsor Triathlon, but came 3rd out of 34 in her age group. A huge thank you to Anna and her sponsors who raised over £1,000 for Lambourn RDA!

May

At the Royal Windsor Horse Show we entered a team in the RDA fancy dress competition dressed up as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Wendy, John and Michael with a full crew of pirates in the Jolly Roger!  Our ponies, Beamish and Ranger were amazing as the Crocodile and a cage to trap Tinkerbell. Despite the rather drizzly weather, we all had a memorable day and our riders came home with two beautiful rosettes having been placed second! Thank you to everyone who helped behind the scenes and who dressed up on the day – a real team effort. Photographs of the day.

Well done to Ellen Benn and Alex Mackinney who competed in the dressage competition at the Southern Region Show on Sunday 17th May at Wellington. Alex got 72.9% for her dressage test and was 1st in her section and Ellen got 67.8% for her's and was also 1st in her section.  They both qualified for the National Championships at Hartpury in July.  This a great achievement for them both. It was the best test we've seen Alex ride and a great result for Ellen who has only been back riding for a few weeks after a long break. Our new pony Ant behaved impeccably at his first competition and now the work continues in preparation for Hartpury. 













The summer term is well underway, but unfortunately we have had to cancel a few riding sessions due to having insufficient volunteers to safely supervise and instruct the riders. We are in need of some new volunteers and would welcome anyone who has a few hours to spare on a Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, during term time. Alternatively if you are able to go on our list of reserve helpers to be called on only when we are short of help due to holidays or absences, please get in touch. Thank you.

On a brighter note, we are very fortunate to have a number of supporters who have very kindly donated over the last few months and as a result we have been able to buy some new equipment. We have bought a grass topper of our own to maintain our paddocks, and we would like to thank the Hills family for lending us their topper for many years. In addition, we have replaced a very aged microwave in the classroom!


The last of our purchases is a defibrillator, which is something we have wanted to buy for some time, so we are very pleased to finally have one. The unit has been placed in a central location at the Farm in a clearly marked red box in the rear of the new white block built garage to the right of a set of green painted double doors. As you approach Maddle, using the drive with the house to your right, the garage is on the left heading towards the gated drive of the two farm cottages. As highlighted in a recent First Aid course held at the farm for some of our volunteers, a defibrillator substantially increases the chance of survival when someone suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest. We hope we never have to use the unit, but having one will give us peace of mind.

March/April

We had a slightly damp start to the Lambourn Open Day on Good Friday, but this didn’t deter a constant stream of people coming to ride our ponies. Ant, Beamish, Ranger, Haffy, Drummer and Sparkle were kept very busy. We raised an amazing £600 from the pony rides, cake stall and Bric-a-Brac table. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us on the day.

The summer term starts on the 21st April and we will be very busy preparing for the fancy dress competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show which takes place on 14th May. This year we are dressing up as Peter Pan and Captain Hook, with Ranger as The Jolly Roger and Beamish as the Crocodile! A lot of work goes into this behind the scenes, but it is always a wonderful day out for us all.

We are also very busy getting our riders ready for the RDA Regional Show, which is being held at Wellington Equestrian Centre on the 17th May. This is the first dressage competition of the year and the first chance for Ant, our lovely new pony, to be put through his paces. Good luck to all our riders.


Looking ahead, our Golf Day will be in June again this year, although we are still finalising the date. If you would like to get in early and book a four ball, please contact Bob Dore on 01488 648826 or visit our website.

January/February

Happy New Year! 

The new term started rather hesitantly on January 13th as we had to cancel the session on the 14th due to a severe weather warning. We had a sprinkling of snow and are hoping that there isn't too much more to come!

The Bridge lunch on the 26th February at Oaksey House was a great success with 20 tables of players. Thanks to our helpers who organised and ran the event and our loyal supporters who came to play, we raised just over £2,500.  

Future dates for your diary are:

3rd April - Good Friday pony rides

14th May - Royal Windsor Horse Show fancy dress competition

17th May - Regional Show at Wellington

9th June - Wellington fun show

17th,18th & 19th July - RDA National Championships at Hartpury

                       



















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