Kesteven Rideability riders take to the saddle to raise vital funds

Karen Thompson, Sarah Harris and Corinne Richardson'Photo: Jonathan Clarke JPC Images
Karen Thompson, Sarah Harris and Corinne Richardson'Photo: Jonathan Clarke JPC Images

Three horse riders from the Kesteven Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) took part in the 2015 SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride, to raise funds for new equipment to help with the therapy they provide for disabled riders.

Karen Thompson, founder of the Kesteven Centre, Sarah Harris, treasurer and RDA coach and Corinne Richardson, volunteer and trustee, all took to the saddle for the ride at the grounds of Burghley House in Stamford on September 6.

The Kesteven RDA, which is based at the Paddocks in Hough-on-the-Hill, near Grantham, is one of the beneficiary charities of the SEIB Burghley Sponsored ride and the trio were keen to do their big to help.

Karen said: “Our thanks goes to Ian Scott for organising the ride and SEIB for their generous ride sponsorship which ensures that every penny raised from the ride goes to charity.”

Karen founded the Kesteven RDA group 27 years ago, the same time that she set up the Paddocks fully approved British Horse Society Riding Centre.

Today, the charity has more than 40 RDA riders, ranging from one member who’s four-years-old to those in their late 50s. The RDA offers a small, friendly and personalised service for the riders, including eight horses which they use for the sessions.

Karen said: “Many of the riders are regulars and their aims vary from therapeutic to competitive. We have had several riders competing at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College this year.”

The Kesteven RDA group are currently trying to raise money to fund a new mechanical horse simulator for their riders.

Karen said: “Many of our riders are only able to walk and trot and it would be brilliant for them to experience canter on the simulator.

“The Ridemaster also comes with a screen and through the technology available, it is possible for us to video hacks around our area which we can then get up on the screen on the Ridemaster. This will be great for our riders as we are always looking for new ways in which to engage through the therapy riding provides.”

So far the group has raised just over £15,000 toward the cost of the £32,000 Racewood Ridemaster simulator.

To make a donation towards the charity please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/kestevenrideability

For more information about the Kesteven RDA group please visit the website at http://www.kestevenrda.co.uk

You can also telephone Karen on 07732418848 or e-mail info@kestevenrda.co.uk

Or follow the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Kestevenrda