Blairgowrie RDA

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Clip Clop Club 100 Draw Terms and Conditions

The Clip Clop Club 100 Draw is run by, and on behalf of, the Blairgowrie Riding for the Disabled Group.

 

Each entry into the draw costs £5 and gives participants the chance to choose a number between 1 and 100. If your preferred number has already been taken, you will be allocated a new number, which will be entered into our monthly cash prize draw. The prize for the monthly draw currently stands at £100.

 

Payment should be made directly into our bank account:

 

                        Sort Code:      80 05 68 

                        Account No:   00187178

Payment reference: Your initial, surname and CCC i.e. LRiseboroughCCC

 

Our first draw was held in June 2020. If you wish to pay annually, then a payment of £60 (per entry number) must be received by the 10th of the calendar month in which you wish to join the draw. (This method of payment will make Linda’s life a bit easier!!).

 

However, if you wish to pay monthly then this payment must also be received by the 10th of each calendar month. If at any time payment is not received by the 10th of the month, your entry number will not be included in the draw for that month.

 

The draw is made on/around the 25th of the month and the winner notified by email. Once you have provided us with your bank account details, we will pay the prize money into your account. The winner’s name will also be published on our Facebook page and website to promote the draw.


Our winners to date are:

Kate Hood (June), who very kindly donated her prize back to the group to help fund the ponies' care;

Brenda Moran (July) who said "it was the perfect way to end my birthday!".

Carol Isherwood (August) who lives near Buckie - our supporters come from far and wide!. Having just finished an evening shift as a carer she was "delighted to see the email confirming I'd won the August draw". 

 

Promoter: Linda Riseborough, Silverbirch, Perth Road, Blairgowrie PH10 6QB

Perth and Kinross Licensing Board Registration Number: 467

 

For further details, please contact Blairgowrie RDA’s Secretary, Linda Riseborough, on blairgowrierda@outlook.com or secretary.blairgowrierda@gmail.com

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

Blairgowrie RDA, a registered charity with OSCR and a member group of Riding for the Disabled Association, will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2021. Its purpose is to enable people with disabilities to ride for the benefit of their health and well-being and to achieve their personal goals.


Presently we offer riding sessions for special needs children from primary schools in the Blairgowrie area. We currently cater for 25-30 children in a typical school term week. Our Primary School children have various mental and physical challenges.


PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

The whole team is determined that the Group will continue to offer RDA activities in the immediate vicinity of Blairgowrie. There is continuing and growing demand for our services in this area. 


Although we had started lessons in March 2020, with the onset of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions, all lessons and work at Easter Rattray have temporarily ceased. The ponies continue to be cared for and plans are being considered for increasing lesson capacity over a longer period of the year, catering for adults as well as children, once restrictions are removed.


Although the schools have now returned, unfortunately we have not been able to welcome back the children, who come from across the local area including Coupar Angus, Meigle, Burrelton and Alyth, but we've been working hard over the last few monthsto keep the four-legged foursome fit and healthy for lessons restarting.

Presently we have three qualified coaches and have recruited others to train through the RDA coaching pathway system. With these personnel in place we can offer weekend and private lessons.


We're very proud at Blairgowrie RDA to be one of the oldest groups in the UK and we're hugely excited about our 50th birthday, so whether you've been a volunteer, rider or supporter over the last five decades, please get in touch with us at publicity.blairgowrierda@gmail.com and let's make this a great excuse for a celebration after a challenging 2020!


RELOCATION

We were extremely fortunate for 40 years to have had free access to a field for running our group, but in mid 2019 due to circumstances beyond our control, we made the decision to relocate to Easter Rattray farm. As well as being a working farm it has livery facilities.  We feel that this decision is the right one.

We ran successful lessons at our Golf Course Road site from April to June 2019 before commencing our move to Easter Rattray Farm, our official home from 1 September 2019.


The farm has much improved facilities and the ponies are loving the large, interesting field with a burn. A container office was purchased and installed in the courtyard, a tack room was erected in the barn and we now have running water and electricity. An on-site toilet is also available for volunteers and participants alike. The purpose-built outdoor arena for lessons proved highly successful in the autumn term and there is potential opportunity to take participants on hacks around the tracks on the farm.


Several new coaches are continuing training in line with the current RDA coaching pathway and have already started giving lessons at our new venue.

 

Our volunteers excelled themselves during our move and we are extremely grateful for all their ongoing support.


We appreciate that we may not achieve all our goals immediately and major fundraising efforts are now required to maintain and expand our services.


YOUR SUPPORT

Our income from lessons does not cover our costs and historically we have managed to balance our books through kind benefactors and timely donations. We undertake fundraising and application for small grants etc. We are mindful that there are many worthy causes all vying for attention and support.

Our costs are for the running of the centre and in particular the welfare and maintenance of the ponies Erin, Morven, Tony and Percy. All volunteers give freely of their time and expertise.


In August 2020 Blairgowrie RDA Chair, Rhona Christie, said "Our fantastic team of volunteers have done a great job of caring for the ponies at our base at Easter Rattray over the last few months and we're very grateful for their support. Blairgowrie RDA is always keen to welcome new volunteers, so please do get in touch if you're interested - experience with horses is not essential!"

We are a group who passionately believe in what we do and would welcome any financial support you can give us. Should you like to see what we do, we would be delighted to show you around the facilities and discuss our plans.