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We returned to Camberley Cricket Club for our Christmas lunch this year.  Stuart and Sue were our caterers yet again and we had another delicious meal.

Forty-three people attended, including special guests Jacqui Greet from Ascot Racecourse, Anne Coney from RDA South Region and Alan Carr, a co-founder of The War Horse Memorial.

Some drivers were presented with certificates for completing the 50km challenge, some volunteers received long service certificates and Daniel who drives and volunteers got both!

We had our usual fundraising raffle and there were so many prizes this year that everybody went home with at least one.

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rda logo 50The group had a very successful day at the races with many participants and volunteers raising money in a bucket collection.

Many thanks to Ascot Racecourse for giving us the opportunity to do the collection during the RDA 50th Anniversary Celebration Week and for their generous hospitality on the day, including afternoon tea in a box and a chat with jockey Ryan Moore.

It was good to be joined by our special guests Ed Bracher and Caroline Ward from RDA National Office and Frances Lochrane, our Regional Chair.

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There are lots more photos in the gallery (2019 Ascot Racecourse Collection) kindly provided by Karlene Laycock (https://karlenelaycockphotography.co.uk/)

Here's a link to an article on the Ascot Racecourse website: https://www.ascot.co.uk/50th-anniversary-of-riding-for-the-disabled

 

rda logo 50Across the UK RDA groups are celebrating 50 years of providing therapy through horses!

We joined in the celebrations with a Golden Day - a picnic drive followed by tea and cakes including a magnificent golden cake made by Jo. The ponies joined in wearing golden rosettes and ribbons in their manes and tails.

We were joined by some of our longstanding supporters from Ascot Racecourse, including some of the team that recently painted our barn, the Crown Estate, Ascot Rotary Club, the War Horse Memorial and the livery yard.

Nick Smith from Ascot presented rosettes to every team member for completing the 50km challenge and a special certificate and gift to Janet - the first individual participant to achieve the 50km target.

Bob Oliver from Ascot Rotary Club presented Sarah with a cheque for £350 to assist with the purchase of a new harness for Blue.

Peter made some lovely keyrings to give to our guests.

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Great to have two teams of office and maintenance staff from Ascot Racecourse painting our barn doors and windows. A brilliant job - the barn is transformed!
Thanks to all the hard working painters and to Jacqui and Angela for organising it all.

 

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In preparation for the Group's annual visit to Windsor Home Park we had to have our flatbed trailer serviced and repaired. 

Many thanks to Alex and the staff at Berkshire County Trailers who did a great job for us at no cost - they even repainted the trailer, which is unrecognisable now. Their generosity is really appreciated.

Here's the flatbed with the carriages loaded ready for the picnic drive.

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The Group had its annual visit to Windsor Home Park.  We were lucky with the weather this year and had lots of drives by the river and a picnic at the cricket pavilion.  It was great to see lots of new faces.

Thanks to Jo for bringing lots of delicious cakes!

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