New Yatt Riding for the Disabled

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Fundraising and News



Safeguarding Workshop - Friday 2nd March 2018

On Friday March 2nd we are hosting a Safeguarding Workshop for Coaches and Volunteers 12noon to 2pm at the Turner Hall, North Leigh to be run by Regional advisor Anne Coney.


Safeguarding refers to the proactive approach to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. All RDA groups have a legal “duty of care” not only to protect those who use their services but also to promote their welfare by taking all reasonable steps to ensure risks of harm are minimised.


This workshop focuses specifically on safeguarding in RDA groups and will help those who attend to create a safe environment for staff, volunteers and participants. RDA South Region coaches and volunteers welcome, please email for more information.


ASDA Collection December 18th
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ASDA Collection December 18th

Our festive fundraisers collected £339.40 from the generous customers at Asda Carterton Supermarket on December 18th.


Thanks to the Store for giving us this Community opportunity and to all who supported us.





Polly Retires to The Horse Trust

Polly moved to The Horse Trust, Speen in December.


Now aged 28, she has been an exceptional NYRDA pony since 2008, helping countless riders gain confidence and independence, win rosettes in Handy Pony and Dressage competitions and learn about stable management.


She was popular with volunteers who and we are most grateful that she will receive excellent care and enjoy a leisurely life, amongst the police, military, RDA and rescue horses.




Newsletter - Autumn 2017

Our Autumn Newsletter has been published, please pick up a copy from the Tack Room

or download HERE


Aviva Community Fund

Please support our project on the Aviva Community Fund as we have applied for a £1000 grant towards the Arena Surface Fund. This is a competition and there are 380 £1k grants on offer nationwide.


Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects until 21st November. To register, please click on the link below; you will need to supply your name and email address. Each voter has 10 votes to place. Riding on an optimum surface is really important, 100+ Friends voting for NYRDA would be a great boost towards our Arena Fund total.

Alice Maclennan
Alice Maclennan




Marathon Woman

Congratulations to Alice Maclennan who completed her first Marathon in Birmingham in 4 hours 30.1 seconds raising £733.50 for our Arena Surface Fund and thanks to everyone who supported her.




Charity Ball at Witney Lakes Resort

Sarah Milloini and Amy Slater organised a fantastically glamorous Dinner and Ball at Witney Lakes Resort to raise £1600 for New Yatt RDA and The Silver Star Society (NHS Fund)



Photos by Vicky Lewis People Photographer DJ Tom James, (find him on Facebook @TJ-DJ) and Raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses.


Charity Golf Day at Kirtlington Golf Club

Eleven teams entered our first ever Golf competition, raising over £1100 for the Group from entry fees and the raffle. Special thanks to our Fundraising team for organising such a great event in a very short space of time; our hosts and to all who played, sponsored and supported this event. We aim to make it a regular fixture so please save the last Friday in September 2018



Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year 2016/17

We have received a further payment of £2171.31 from the sale of 5p plastic carrier bags in Sainsbury’s Witney during our years as Local Charity Partner, finally a tax we like!


Fundraising Roundup July 2017

An amazing £500 was raised for New RDA by the West Oxon Community Choir performing “Songs from the Shows” for an appreciative audience in Stonesfield, followed by afternoon teas. Thanks to Ruth Marshall who nominated us, organisers Laura and Dave, the choir and all the helpers who turned out to make the afternoon such a success.


The popular Country Fair & Open Day at Common Leys Farm Campus of Abingdon & Witney College is organised mainly by students who choose charities to raise money for and this year, led by Nell Hardy, they raised £222.38 for NYRDA. Thanks as ever to all who support us.


Summer Open Day June 2017

At our Summer Open Day 13 riders and 6 of our ponies took part in a Handy Pony competition – see Home page. Class 1 winner Michelle Rogers, who achieved the highest overall score of 90%, was awarded the Tamba Cup by RDA South Region Judge Moo Nowell-Smith. Class 2 winner was Julie Bennett on new recruit Betty in her first ever competition, and in Class 3 for junior riders Alex Rosenwasser also paired with Jasper was the winner.


Congratulations to all competitors, they showed great confidence and skill and thanks to all our volunteers for investing extra time invested in to prepare the riders, ponies and site. Through a great team effort we created a really enjoyable afternoon event for our riders and their guests.


Sainsburys Witney

Fundraising Roundup June 2017

Trustees Pam and Jenny were invited to Sainsbury’s Witney to receive a cheque for £4920 from their Public Relations Ambassador Lily Bancroft.


As Charity Partner 2016/17 this is the largest amount ever raised by Witney Sainsbury’s, who we thank for nominating and supporting us.


Special thanks are also due to our wonderful volunteers who turned out on 3 separate bucket shaking weekends and the generosity of customers who really value the local service we provide.


In May Chair of Trustees, Pam and Monday helper Judy set off on 4 day, 60km Sponsored Ride over a section of the Claude Duval Bridle Route from Great Barrington to Bucknell on their trusty steeds Nutmeg and Briar. They had a fabulous adventure and have raised over £1350 for the Group


Students at the Common Leys Farm Campus of Abingdon & Witney College held their Country Fair & Open Day, organised mainly by our students and opted to donate £222.38 raised to New Yatt RDA. We are currently working with YELA Equine students from A&W College and very much our relationship with them


Ragwort Patrol

Ragwort is a common weed that grows throughout the British Isles and presents a danger to horses if allowed to spread into pastures used by them. If eaten in any state, it can cause cumulative and irreversible liver damage – making it a worry for many owners.


Ragwort contains the toxic compounds pyrrolizidine alkaloids and whilst most horses won’t immediately choose to eat ragwort if it’s growing among their grazing – its taste at this stage is usually off-putting – this isn’t a guarantee and if left to grow, ragwort may spread quickly and easily. Following BHS guidelines we aim to remove ragwort from our paddocks and need an extra team of helpers at this time of year.


Newsletter - Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 New Yatt RDA Newsletter is available to download HERE



In September we announced that New Yatt RDA was nominated as a local cause for the Co-op Local Community Fund.


The 6 month funding period ended on 8 April and we awarded a total of £3,940.01 and we say a huge “Thank you!” to the Witney Co-op members and customers who voted for us.


This money will be spent on horse care and help to subsidise our session fee for the next 6 months, which is vital to keep riding affordable for our riders. NYRDA is one of more than 4,000 causes across the UK who’ve benefitted from the Local Community Fund and are making a difference in their communities” #TheCoopWay.


“200 Club” News

Thank you to everyone for buying tickets for New Yatt RDA 200 Club. So far this year we have sold 181 tickets (up on the 168 sold last year) which makes a minimum profit for the Club of £1086. The prize money will be: 1st Prize - £40, 2nd - £20, 3rd - £15, 4th - £10, 5th - £5 and the first draw takes place on April 14th. Good luck to all Members.


Fundraising Roundup

EFC donation
Ethical Fruit Company donation

We have received an unprecedented number of donations this month and thank the following supporters for their amazing generosity


Bartlett Taylor Trust who made a £1000 grant towards field shelter repairs and site maintenance.


Ethical Fruit Company Ltd Director Hazel Hunt visited NYRDA to see the work we do and present a £2000 cheque


Members of the Charlbury WI raised £200 at their Coffee Morning


Cokethorpe Junior School February Sponsored Walk raised £2895.86 excluding Giftaid and the Cokethorpe Senior School raised £894.66 from their Non Uniform Day


Cokethorpe Junior School Sponsored Walk 2017