Riding club marks 35 years

Presenting saddles to Fenland RDA to celebrate their 35 year anniversary.
Presenting saddles to Fenland RDA to celebrate their 35 year anniversary.
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A Lincolnshire riding club for disabled people is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Fenland Group was founded by Liz Dixon Spain in 1981.

“The club has touched the lives of more than 1,000 people with disabilities,” said Jane Carter, who has been an instructor for the group since it was founded.

On Wednesday, Kelly Roake from Chandlers Holbeach presented the group with new saddle cloths to celebrate the momentous anniversary.

The presentation was the first event in a series of celebrations.

On July 13, RDA Fenland Group will be holding its annual open day, before hosting an anniversary ball at the South Holland Centre on October 1.

Volunteers will then commemorate 35 years of Fenland RDA with lunch on October 19.

Every session that the club holds requires 25 volunteers.

All of the ponies used by the group are privately owned, many of which are competition ponies.

“We are very unique in that sense,” added Mrs Carter.

The club is currently hosted by Mr and Mrs Jeremy Hitcham in Whaplode St Catherine.

RDA Fenland Group welcomes new volunteers.