Pauline Roestenburg of Staplehurst’s Chalkdown RDA Group has become the new South East Regional Chair of Riding for the Disabled, with effect from January 2020.
She succeeds Lindsay Correa, who leaves after seven years, having been enticed to higher office by RDA UK as the Trustee responsible for Volunteer Development.
Pauline joined Chalkdown RDA as a volunteer in 2012 and quickly became a member of the Committee and Trustee, subsequently taking over as Chair of the Group in 2016.
She has been able to use her background in recruitment and advertising to raise the Group’s profile, improve volunteer training and generate fundraising opportunities. This year she also worked as part of the Health & Safety Team at the RDA National Championships.
“It is a great honour to be chosen as the new chair to lead the South East Region into the next decade,” said Pauline.
“To follow in Lindsay’s footsteps will be no mean feat but I will do so with a passion and fervent belief in the amazing work that we all do at RDA. I have come to realise that you never stop learning at RDA, no two days are ever the same and our riders and ponies never cease to amaze me.
“I look forward to getting to know everyone as I strongly believe in teamwork and inclusivity. I know that by working together we will continue to build a fantastic future for RDA in our Region. “
Pauline takes on an active and healthy RDA region following the standard-setting work achieved by Lindsay.
Among the RDA family she was known fondly as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ for her tireless enthusiasm and encouragement. She certainly travelled the length and breadth of one of the largest regions to visit groups, support them and spread the word of the Regional team.
Pauline lives in Staplehurst with her family, dogs, and horses. She studied at the London College of Music and relaxes by playing classical piano. She also loves nothing better than hacking out in the woods on her horse Flora.