RDA Mascot Teddy was star attraction

Teddy the Shetland proved a star attraction at the South of England horse trials recently.  He was the Riding for Disabled Association’s mascot for the weekend, on loan from Alice Goring.

He joined a team of RDA volunteers, which was able to raise much-needed funds for the region, having been selected as the chosen charity for the event- much to the delight of vice-presidents Tina Cook and Pippa Funnell, who were both competing.

Young RDA volunteers Eleanor and Francesca Mumfor with mascot Teddy the Steland at the Ardingly RDA stand Photo: Joanna Sale

Some young local fundraisers, sisters Eleanor and Francesca Mumford from Nutley, East Sussex, were thrilled to meet Teddy who was admired by everyone who met him. Teddy is already somewhat of a celebrity with a 42,000 following on Instagram (@teddytheshetland).

He certainly helped attract attention and boost raffle ticket sales at the event.In the South East there are 35 groups across Sussex, Surrey and Kent  with more than 2,000 riders of all ages.

They come to enjoy the experience of riding, carriage driving, show mjumping, dressage, enduurance and western style riding, with opportunities to learn a new skill, enter competitions or even take a holiday.

Riding for the Disabled in the South East can bring a new dimension to necessarily restricted lives, encourage independence and does much to improve a wide range of medical conditions. It benefits from the commitment of more than 1,000 volunteers who regularly and cheerfully give up their free time.  They help provide equestrian therapy, challenges and fun for these riders. For more information contact Regional Publicity officer Joanna Sale at joannasale@btinternet.com or Regional chairman Lindsay Correa at lindsaycorrea@hotmail.com



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