North Wales RDA Dressage and Countryside Challenge Qualifiers

Please find below qualifier info and entry forms.

2019 Countryside Challenge Entries

2019 Dressage Entries

Check List for Entrants and Groups

The Dressage and Countryside Challenge Qualifiers will be held at Pen Y Coed Riding Stables on May 16th 2019.
The forms and info will be resent to groups about a month before closing date to remind everyone and to confirm the new dressage tests sent by National RDA.  
Please note this year we are expecting larger numbers of entries so there will be a maximum of 12 entries per group allowed for the Countryside Challenge competition, in order to allow us to hold both qualifiers in the same day.
Contact details are below and a checklist aimed to help you is provided so please read through the rules and information now so that you have plenty of time to prepare before entries close.
If you would like to help as a steward on the day and haven’t done so before then please get in touch with Alys and we’d be very grateful to have your help.

Contact Alys


It’s back!

We’re delighted to announce that the ever-popular RDA Creative Writing Competition is back for 2019!

As in previous years, we will still be offering classes for poetry, short stories and letter-writing, but as 2019 marks RDA’s 50th Anniversary, we thought we’d add the theme of celebration to each of the classes.

I’ve attached an entry form to this email, which has full details of how to enter, closing dates and the types of entries that can be submitted. I’ve also attached an optional A4 poster for groups to display.

The competition is open to RDA participants only (although volunteers can enter if they are also an active RDA rider, carriage driver or vaulter) and as in previous years it will be completelyFREE to enter. There are generous prizes on offer for the overall winners of each class – and ALL entrants will receive a smart, specially-designed rosette and letter of congratulations.

I’d be really grateful if you could distribute the entry form and the small poster as far as you are able within your RDA networks, including client schools etc. (and promotion on group and regional social media would be fantastic, please, as I’ll be promoting this as far and as wide as I can myself, too). The closing date for entries won’t be until 29th March 2019, so participants have plenty of time to plan and write their entries.

As always, if you have any queries at all, please just ask.

Huge thanks in advance for your help in promoting this exciting, rewarding and inclusive extra activity for RDA participants. Let’s make the 2019 competition the best ever!

Marisa Bretherton-Mackay

National Co-ordinator: Education, Participation, Holidays


Riding for the Disabled Association

Direct Dial: 01926 405973

Dressage News

There are some exciting new Dressage opportunities for RDA riders in 2019.  We welcome Sara Jones Williams who is going to share the role of Dressage Rep for N Wales Region, who comes from Anglesey RDA. Sara will be your contact for the competitions over in North West Wales and Linda Webster your contact for North East Wales competitions.


We’d like to say a big thank you to Sara and Linda, as well as Claire Howe and Kirstie Harper, for making these events possible for our riders- here is some introductory information from Sara:

For your 2019 calendars, there will be dressage competitions at Presaddfed (Anglesey) Penrhyd (Conwy) and Northop (Flintshire) open to RDA riders to compete in unaffiliated and BD affiliated Dressage events. Riders may attend any of these events regardless of where their home group is.

It is hoped that results from these competitions will result in a Spring and Autumn League, i.e. riders will submit their scores from any of the events, plus National RDA Championships and Solihull Para Championships to Regional Dressage Representatives.

To attend the events you will need to be accompanied by a Green Coach (if your coach is not able to attend then Region may be able to supply a “Stand in” Green Coach for you) and your horse/pony will need to be provided by your Group or by yourself.   

We have a limited number of “Dressage pool horses/ponies” in the Region which may be hired by RDA riders for competitions (after a suitable trial ride organised with the horse’s coach/owner and the rider.)   Please contact Sara Jones Williams or Linda Webster for more information on using the “N Wales Pool ponies”-  this must be organised well before the event.

There are no horses/ponies available to hire at the event venues themselves.

All horses/ponies used must have been assessed as RDA ponies by their RDA Group or Regional Coach, Anne Furey, before the events start and covered by insurance.

Please pass this information on to your coaches, volunteers and riders, I will shortly email with a table of events for everyone.

Linda Webster: contact via email-   or ring (01978) 757 664

Sara Jones Williams: contact North Wales RDA facebook page or ring 07823 779 387

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,