NZ – RDA Dunedin Easter Horse Show
On Saturday the 8th of April 2017 the Dunedin Riding for the Disabled Association held their Easter horse show, which the Rapid Relief Team were glad to be able to support. Around 100 people arrived to support the RDA and enjoy a day out – either riding their own horses, or watching family or friends riding theirs.
The Easter theme meant there were a lot of horses and riders with Easter Bunny ears and even some Easter Bunny onesies; on the riders, not the horses! Dunedin RDA does not receive government funding and relies on grants, corporate sponsorship and generous donations from the community to keep the RDA operating. The day was held to raise funds to support their ongoing work in helping disabled people ride horses, which aids their recovery from injury, increases confidence and helps to increase core strength. The funds also help in contributing towards RDA’s planned indoor arena which will enable them to continue operating all year round.
RRT Dunedin arrived around 8am to feed the excited attendees a freshly baked muffin and choice of tea, coffee,or hot chocolate. Before long, the BBQ was cranking and the smell of sausages soon filled the air. A delicious lunch of sausages in bread was served, accompanied by tea, coffee and water. And not to forget the colourful fruit kebabs which were a popular item, specially requested after RRT helped at the last show in February!
Katy Ferguson, Vice President of the Dunedin RDA said afterwards;“RRT has been a huge help with the RDA horse shows this year. The presence of the team, the food and support has made the event such an awesome experience for the community and has helped raised over $2,000.00 over the two shows they were involved with. With the inclusion of food for the riders, RDA Dunedin is able to charge a bit more for the entries and also collect gold coin donations from the riders’ friends and family.”
RRT Dunedin was thrilled to be included in this event again, and to be able to show our support to raising the needed funds for the Riding for Disabled Association. We look forward to helping out this worthy charity again next year.