The Federal Member for Dickson and Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, paid a special visit this month to meet his sponsored horse, Matty, and watch a class in action.
Our local MP is a long-time supporter of our centre and we welcome him as a new Platinum horse sponsor. Mr Dutton’s annual sponsorship will help meet the cost of caring for, and feeding Matty.
During the informal visit, several riders’ parents took the opportunity to have a chat and explain how RDA had made a difference to the lives of their children. Jane also presented Mr Dutton with a Certificate of Thanks.
We appreciate the vital financial support of all our sponsors, including the Samford Leos who have just renewed their sponsorship of RDA horse, Max.
Peter Dutton with Matty
Here are some important dates:
Saturday 24th November – Last lesson day for the year
Friday 30th November pm – Volunteers Christmas Party
Saturday 1st December am – Riders Christmas Party/Break-up (volunteers needed and welcome!)
A big thank you goes to the volunteers from Lendlease who spent a day helping us to improve our centre. This is the second year that Lendlease has provided an enthusiastic team via its corporate volunteering program. The staff members were very keen to be involved in planting trees and assisting in the general maintenance of RDA paddocks at Samford. Your efforts on our behalf are very much appreciated!
A project by Samford RDA hopes to raise enough funds to buy five new saddles.
The target is $5,000 through small pledges from community members and horse lovers, plus support funding by Bendigo Bank.
If successful, five Samford RDA horses will soon be wearing new, professionally fitted All Purpose saddles to continue their work in comfort.
Please help by pledging and sharing the link among your contacts:-
Here is a link to a wonderful video celebrating our 10 years of operation. Enjoy!
The next monthly meeting will be held on Monday 3rd December 2018, following the AGM at 7pm. The venue to be confirmed.
Our program cannot exist without an army of volunteers. Some riders require 3 people to participate in a class, plus the horse! So we are always looking for new helpers.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please consider RDA. You don’t require a background in horses, and you will be fully trained in RDA safety procedures. You can give as little or as much time as you wish, and you are sure to enjoy the social aspect of RDA.
It is mandatory for all volunteers to attend a formal training session prior to assisting with the classes or the horses. The dates for training sessions are posted on this page as they are announced, and listed under the VOLUNTEERS tab above. Of course, anyone is welcome to come to the centre at any time during classes to observe what we do, or to assist in other ways such as grounds and gear maintenance.
We have joined the Facebook community. Our name there is “Samford Riding for the Disabled”. Check it out!