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!


Update : Volunteer Training Details

Regional Volunteer training at Tan Y Foel Indoor School on the 13th December will be led by

Mandy Jones, RDAI & County Coach, and Alys L-Jones RDAC.

Topic for the training: effective leading to benefit your riders, including the 3 stages of leading.

Start time: 9.30 registration, tea and coffee- 10am practical training in the indoor school.
Finish: approx. 1.30pm
Cost: Free of charge to all – please pass this on to all your volunteers, trainee coaches and coaches

Tea and coffee etc available and a packed lunch is provided if you book your place.

This training is aimed at volunteers and newer coaches and trainee/potential coaches, focusing on leading riders enabling them to progress their riding.

Please could you let your groups know the details, and let me know names and numbers wishing to attend by December the 3rd



“Big Ride” with Sam Orde and Regional Holiday 2017

We really enjoyed our Regional holiday at Pen Y Coed Riding Stables this year and the four riders ; Dominic, Dennis, Nia and Bethany- stayed in the cosy log cabin accommodation and enjoyed the “hot tub” and plenty of hacking out in the local woods, as well as a session of pole work led by Mandy Jones on the final day. All the riders progressed throughout the holiday in different ways and took part the Big Ride on the Thursday, where riders from other groups joined us for the 2km and 6km rides out.
Many, many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped on the holiday and on the Big Ride- and especially to Liz Rees for catering so well for us all- without their help the holiday could not have taken place!

Congratulations to all the riders and volunteers who completedthe Big Ride. The two hacks out were great fun and the riders had lovely horses hired from Pen Y Coed riding stables. We’d like to say a big thank you to those people who collecting sponsorship for the ride- you collected a grand total of £550!  Fantastic news!
And lastly, a big thank you to Sam Orde, our National RDA chairman, who joined us for the day on number 17 of her Big Rides and presented particpants with certificates and rosettes. It was a relaxing and happy day and the weather was kind to us.

If you would like more information about the Regional holiday please get in contact:


Big Ride RDA UK

Ride no.17-  North Wales Region at Pen Y Coed Riding Stables, Oswestry

On Thursday 12 October 2017

Each Big Ride has been quite different from the last and for North Wales it was held in the middle of their 3 day RDA Regional Holiday. This was being held for the first time at a delightful riding centre half way up a welsh hill, which normally hosts the Montgomery and Oswestry Marches RDA Groups. RDA riders on the holiday and others coming in especially for the Big Ride waited eagerly in the indoor school to see what ponies they would ride, with county coach Mandy Jones helping match pony to rider. In the morning 9 RDA riders headed out for a 2km walk or trot ride with the largest number from Clwyd RDA and other groups represented being Dyffryn Ceiriog, Meirionnydd and Oswestry Marches.

After a delicious lunch provided by regional chairman Liz Rees, riders each received a special memento to remember the day; a beautiful smooth stone with a golden horse painted on one side and ‘Big Ride 2017’ on the other.

There was eager anticipation of the longer afternoon ride which promised plenty of canters. RDA riders Dominic, Dennis and Robert were up for the challenge. George who owns Pen Y Coed Riding Stables with his brother and is an RDA Coach led the ride. We had wonderful ponies and all enjoyed riding along the wooded tracks of LLynclyns Hill with fantastic views across the Shropshire plain.

Achieving a canter on this ride was especially pleasing for RDA regional participant rep Robert as he is more used to vaulting at Clwyd and did most of his riding as a young boy. Half a dozen people set off to walk the route with us and hats off to regional chairman Alys Lewis-Jones who ran up hills and was the only one to keep up!


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