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Fundraising and News


Anniversary Displays

On July 7th we celebrated the 35th Anniversary of New Yatt RDA and the 50th Anniversary of RDA with 2 special arena displays for riders, helpers and guests. The main focus was to celebrate our ponies, who currently range in age from 7 years to 26. Bramble received his 15 years’ service medal and Kipper received his 5 years’ service medal. We are very proud of our track record and look forward to providing therapeutic riding services for many years to come.



RAF Brize Norton and Smiths of Bletchindon to the rescue!

Heartfelt thanks to Sgt. Sean Jordan and his team of over 20 RAF and army personnel Army Training Delivery/Defence Movements Training Squadron, RAF Brize Norton who reported for service to tackle several site maintenance tasks including the clearing and re-stoning of the French drain. Sean writes: “It was an absolute pleasure to have been able to assist you; and we can only look forward to our next visit”. Thanks also to Smiths of Bletchingdon who supplied the stones for this work free of charge from their Gill Mill quarry.




Recent donations


The Chadlington Bridge Group. which is run by Ina Merriman, held a bridge drive and raised £265 for NYRDA. including money raised for the tea, raffle and other fundraising. We are very thankful for their continued support.


We have received a £200 donation from long standing supporters at the Hailey Gardening Club with a lovely letter saying “we know that NYRDA is an organisation that make a significant contribution to the lives of people with disabilities in our community... we wish you well in continuing the valuable work you do.. “


 We have received this wonderful announcement from The White Stuff Foundation. We are very proud to be the Charity Partner of the Witney store


“.... payment of the latest donation of £712.33 will be with you soon. The total is a combination of all the fundraising carried out by our shop from November ‘18 – January ‘19 in White Stuff Witney and a top up from our core fund. The main fundraising event during this period was the sale of our Christmas charity jumpers. We were delighted with the response to this campaign which raised over £100,000 for our local charities"



We have received a cheque for £500 raised at the West Oxon Steam & Vintage Show in Ducklington July 2018. For details of their 2019 Show please follow this link

Witney Lions
Witney Lions Dream Scheme presentation


Witney Lions Dream Scheme: Witney Lions have shared out £3000, was raised by their Christmas Santa collections, to 12 local charities and organisations.


NYRDA received £115 to purchase adjustable riding hats for our junior riders.


Trustee Annie Cripps and Coach Karen Stubbs attended an evening reception to receive the cheque from Dream Scheme organiser John Pole.


For further information about Witney Lions please visit their website




Thanks to Stonesfield Gardening Club for making a surprise donation of £200, how blooming lovely!


Five Star Events

We are most honoured to be nominated yet again by Five Star Events who will be supporting New Yatt RDA and Flexicare during the 2019 season. Richard Pineo and his sociable golfing associates are tireless fundraisers, playing tournaments from May to October. By the end of 2018 they had organised 146 events around the Oxford area and have raised an amazing £140,000 for 15 local charities. Please visit the Five Star website to read about forthcoming events


2019 is our 35th Anniversary Year

Our Group was established in 1984 and over the past 35 years hundreds of local volunteers, well-wishers and riders have worked hard to create a special environment for therapeutic riding. We will post some special memories from the Archive and news of events for Friends, past and present, shortly. In the meantime, do take a look back at the highlights of 2018 HERE


2019 also marks the 50th Anniversary of RDA, which is now a national network of 500 volunteer groups who deliver riding, carriage driving, vaulting, and Hippotherapy to over 25,000 people each year and continues to challenge the perceptions of disability, volunteering and equestrian sport.

Waitrose Witney Manager Andy


Waitrose Witney Community Matters

Thanks to all customers and Partners who supported us in the November draw. We received our cheque for £341 from Manager Andy


Peggy Sue, a 13.2h, 7 year old black & white traditional cob mare has joined NYRDA, funded by the generous Christmas donations from the Hooper Henderson concert and Dog Agility Training Group. She is currently in training, and we will post further updates about her progress.


Trustees of The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund have approved our application awarded £2,000 to our Group, which will enable us to continue to subsidise the participant riding fee.



Stonesfield Church Concert

A very special concert in Stonesfield Church by fiddle and guitar duo Henderson:Hooper and The Boot Band featuring Judith Henderson, Nick Hooper and Susanna Starling has raised £800 for New Yatt RDA. We sincerely thank these talented musicians and their support team who prepared the venue and served refreshments.



Thank you for Seasonal Donations

We are most grateful to North Leigh Parochial Church Council and to Sue Midgley’s Dog Agility Training Group for their seasonal donations.


New Yatt RDA is Charity Partner with White Stuff Witney

STOP PRESS: White Stuff Witney will be holding a hot choc and cakes day in store on Saturday December 8th and will be collecting for NYRDA. The hot chocolate has been donated by Whittards and goodies from lots of local shops to so should be a lovely spread. Also, the profits from the sale of these Christmas jumpers will be donated to each of the 132 charities we work with. Shop in store or online: Foxy Franz Charity Jumper


Arena Surface Project - September update

With generous support from RDA National; the Aviva Community Fund and many local grant making organisations our Arena Surface Fund hit £17578 the very week in August that Andrews Bowen Ltd, official surface supplier to RDA arrived on site to install our new Propell RDA Mix surface. Full details about this project HERE. A further grant for £3000 has been confirmed taking our campaign total to £20578 and we thank all the local and national grant making organisations for supporting this important project.


Kirtlington Golf Day

48 players took part in our 2018 competition raising over £800 from the event and raffle. Thanks to the organisers and many supporters.

We have gratefully received an £80 donation from the Wychwood Folk Club Raffle


New Yatt RDA to be Charity Partner with White Stuff Witney

High street retailer White Stuff believes "it should brighten and enhance the communities where we live and work"


Under our Partnership Plan with The White Stuff Foundation, effective from the end of May they will provide financial support including amounts raised by White Stuff Witney through fundraising activities;


White Stuff will also raise awareness of our Group, collaborate and share key news and events, and encourage staff to volunteer and visit us where possible. We are very much looking forward to working with White Stuff Witney, please pop in to the store to find out more.


NYRDA 200 Club

Thanks to everyone's generosity we have sold a record 210 tickets this year which will make a profit for New Yatt RDA of £1260. The monthly prize money fund is: 1st Prize £45, 2nd Prize £25, 3rd Prize £15, 4th Prize £10 and 5th Prize £7. There will be an extra prize in the December draw of £15. Good luck to all ticket holders.


Arena Appeal

Arena Surface Appeal - £20,000 Target

We are busy fundraising to replace our indoor arena surface and buy a new harrow for future maintenance.


The work is booked for August 2018 and with generous grants received this month from the Souldern Trust and the Windrush Masonic Lodge the total raised so far is £9178.


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