Montgomery Area RDA Group donation from Invertek Drives.

Montgomery Area RDA Group has received a welcome boost to its finances in the form of a donation from a local technology company, Invertek Drives.  The group, which is responsible for raising all the money required to hire ponies for its riders,  meets each Tuesday in term-time at Penycoed Stables,  Pant, near Oswestry in Shropshire.  The stables recently opened an indoor school, enabling riding to take place in all weathers.  Riders come from Brynllywarch Hall School, near Kerry in Montgomeryshire.  This year two of them took part in the Countryside Challenge, and one came second and thus qualified to take part in the finals at Hartpury in July.

The picture shows the group’s chairman, June Little, and vice-chairman and treasurer, Penny Harris, holding the cheque, surrounded by the volunteers, two of our riders and ponies, with their instructor at the back.

Regional Questionnaire

June 6th 2018

Dear All,

We are trying to gather information about how well you all receive information about events and training from the N Wales Region, and what events and training you would like us to offer if possible.

Please complete the following questionnaire and leave it with your Group representative for them to pass onto region, or you may post them to Pen Y Banc, Llanfachreth, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2DT or email to

Many thanks for taking the time to help us to improve the way Region works,

With Best Wishes,

Alys and Liz

Joint Chair for N Wales RDA


Participant questionnaire 2018 Volunteer questionnaire 2018

Volunteer questionnaire 2018

Regional Qualifiers

Please find attached entry forms and info for the N Wales Regional Qualifiers at Pen Y Coed Riding Stables on May 22nd  2018
If you are not sure which dressage test you should be entering then please get in contact with me, there is a table of available classes and tests attached with the booking form- including the NEW PAIRS dressage class. Please note any pairs wishing to enter the PAIRS dressage must both be RDA riders.
Sandra Edwards will be the Dressage Judge this year.
Please find amended table of Dressage classes for the Regionals attached-
The led dressage will be a qualifying class this year (not a non qualifying class as previously stated on the form)
Also, National RDA now sends out qualifying packs per group, so it would be great if each group can nominate a designated person to liase with Region on the day of the qualifiers and after entries have been put in.  We’ll discuss this more at the AGM in March.
many thanks, any other queries regarding the classes available at Regionals then please do get in touch,
best wishes,

Countryside Challenge Training Day with Sue Mack


To be held during our Regional Riding Holiday

at Clwyd Special Riding Centre on Saturday 7th April 2018


10:00 am – Registration/Coffee

10:30 am – Aims of the day- Judging Sheets – What the Judge is looking for.

11:00 am – The “Led Rider” Demonstration – How to gain those extra marks the Leader – Help or Hindrance?.

12:30 pm – Lunch and a chance to view the facilities at CSRC & CELT

13:30 pm – The “Independant Rider” Demonstration.

Delegates will “judge” and discuss both of the above demonstrations.

14:45 pm – Training Ideas – The place of the Countryside Challenge in lessons.

                                               Q & A – Feedback


There will be a charge of £8 per person which will include lunch.

 Everyone welcome

 Please send names and cheque made payable to “RDA North West” to 

Mrs. Sheila Saner, Yew Tree Farmhouse, Old Chester Road, Hurleston, Nantwich, CW5 6BU


Bank details for BACS payment can be supplied if preferred. 



      10th & 11th   March 2018

Venues: 10th at Rhug Farm Estate meeting room, Corwen, LL21 0EH

      11th at Pen Y Coed Riding Stables, Tregarthen Lane, Pant, Oswestry, SY10 8LG.

Coaches and all volunteers are welcome to attend!

To reserve your place, contact Anne Furey by 24th February 2018  

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements upon booking

Cost per delegate: £15 per day, or £20 for attending both days  

BACs payments welcome: NatWest, sort code 60 12 35, a/c 32618328. Please put ref as March w/e

Cheques made payable to North Wales Region RDA

Please book direct with Pen Y Coed if you need accommodation overnight: 01691 830608, or there is accommodation off the A5 Telford road roundabout, at travel lodge which is fairly close

Programme: Saturday 10th March, at Rhug Estate

10.15:                        Arrival, registration, tea and coffee

10.30:                                    Creating positive outcomes through communication

With Clare Grace Williamson, speech & language therapist, trainer & consultant, BScMRCSLT, MHCPC

12.00:                                    LUNCH (provided)

12.45:                                    Equine behaviour and psychology

With Sue Adams Wheeler, FRDA, UKCC L3, Chair of RDA coaching committee

14.15:                                    Break for tea and coffee

14.30:                                    Updates to countryside challenge course, show jumping, & dressage classes   

followed by signing of logbooks, finish approx 15.30

Local pubs: The Goat near Corwen or the Cross Guns near Pen Y Coed Riding Stables, on the main road.  

Programme: Sunday 11th March, at Pen Y Coed Riding Stables

9.30:                          Arrival, registration, tea and coffee

10.00:                        Hypermobility

With Lynne Munro, N Wales Regional Physiotherapist, RDAC, UKCC L2

11.15:                                    Equine foot balance

With Sarah Harley, Regional Vet- Sarah will demonstrate equipment and investigations used during her PhD studies of Equine Foot Balance

12.15:                                    LUNCH (provided)

13.00:                                    Practical work – indoor school- common problems and solutions

With Anne Furey, RDAI, UKCC L3, Regional Coach for N Wales

14.15:                                    Break for tea and coffee

14.30:                                    Practical in indoor school continued….

15.30:                                    Feed back and Questions, Finish

                                    Tea and coffee, signing of logbooks


Dressage lesson with Sarah Rodger

North Wales Region RDA

 Would you like to book a Dressage lesson with Sarah Rodger, Para dressage judge?

 On Friday 16th March 2018


Pen Y Coed Riding Stables

Tregarthen Lane, Pant, Oswestry, SY10 8LG

Open to all N Wales RDA riders, volunteers and Coaches Priority will be given to RDA riders


Cost: £30 for individual lesson

£20 for a joint lesson.

Cost includes horse hire from the venue


Sessions will be approximately 30 mins each. Free to come and watch as part of coaching CPD.


Sarah has judged at N Wales RDA Dressage qualifier competitions in previous years and can help riders progress with their riding, as well as getting the best out of the horse and rider combination for a particular dressage test. If you have a test that you’d like to go over then please bring a copy with you.

Rider weight limit of 15 stone applies, depending upon which horses are available at the venue. Please state your height and weight when booking so that we can allocate a suitable horse.

Ring Alys on 0775 211 0825 for more info or to book a session, email:

Booking Form CLICK HERE

Memorial Service details for Mal –

We have been advised of Memorial Service details for Mal as follows:-

                        Date:               Monday, 5 February 2018

                        Time:              1pm

                        Church:          Llantysilio Church, Abbey Road, Llangollen, LL20

                                                (Sign-posted Llantysilio and Horseshoe Falls)

There will be an earlier, private, family service at the crematorium.

Everyone is invited to join the family for the Memorial Service at Llantysilio Church as detailed above and afterwards at the

 Sun Trevor Inn, Sun Bank, Llangollen LL20 8EG


Regional Training Clinics – Held at Pen Y Coed Riding Stables – 12th January 2018

Regional Training Clinics- Held at Pen Y Coed Riding Stables, Pant, Oswestry, SY10 8LG on the 12th January 2018

Sue Adams Wheeler, Chair of RDA coaching committee, has agreed again this winter to coach riding sessions open to RDA riders, volunteers and coaches.

Times for sessions will be from 12 pm onwards, priority will be given to RDA riders.  Please book early to avoid disappointment. Please let me know if you require a certain time on your booking form and we’ll try to accommodate you, sessions will be 40 mins .

There will be limited spaces available for individual sessions so please enclose £30 per person per session in the event that you are booked into a shared session- any individual lessons can pay the remainder of the cost on the day. Cost: £40 per single lesson per person, or £30 for a joint lesson per person

Please return the booking form (Below) to Alys by the 5th January 2018 at the latest with payment please Post to: Pen Y Banc, LLanfachreth, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2DT or email to:

Cheques payable to North Wales Region RDA – if clinics are full, cheques will be returned to you, or you will be given priority for next clinic. Please send money with this form to ensure a place!