Katie Radzik, a dressage para rider from Canterbury’s Cobbes Meadow Riding for the Disabled Group, has been selected by British Dressage to join the prestigious Podium Potential Pathway Programme (P3) in 2020.
“I am stunned, excited, delighted and over the moon to have been offered a place, “ said Katie. “Thank you to everyone who has helped me on my journey so far; I’m determined to make you proud” she continued.
Carole Mounce, RDA Kent County Chair said “Katie started with me at Cobbes Meadow many years ago and she has been working up through the ranks, so it is very exciting news indeed. We are really thrilled for her as she has worked hard for this and is an inspiration for all those other RDA participants to follow their dreams”
The Podium Potential Pathway is supported by both UK Sport and Sport England and has been brought into the performance pathway. The programme looks to identify, support and develop athletes who demonstrate the potential to progress to Podium Potential in the future, by providing education to develop the foundation skills required for future performance.
The two year programme provides selected riders with the opportunity to have access to top equestrian specialists including: international coaches, human sport science and medicine practitioners (physiotherapists and psychologists) and equine sport science and medicine practitioners (farriers, saddlers, vets and equine physiotherapists) via a series of squad training sessions.
A Media Day at Warwick University in January kicked off the year to be followed by a Squad Training Weekend at Solihull Riding Club in March.
In the South East there are 35 groups across Surrey, Sussex and Kent with motr than 2,000 riders of all ages. They come to enjoy the experience of riding, carriage driving, show jumping, dressage endurance and western style, with opportunities to learn a new skill, enter competitions or even take a holiday.
This can bring a new dimension to necessarily restricted lives, encourage independence and does much to improve a wide range of medical conditions. RDA has the commitment of more than 1,000 volunteers who regularly and cheerfully give up their free time.
Instructors work closely with physiotherapists and other health professionals to encourage every individual to aim for attainable goals – some modest, others far more ambitious.