Riding Lessons:We are now slowly starting to open up our riding lessons again. At the moment we are required to adhere to a 2m distance rule so we can only allow riders who ride independently or where they ride requiring minimal assistance and this assistance is provided by someone from their same family who has been trained to act as a leader and/or side walker.As restrictions lift & we train more parents/carers to assist then hopefully more of our riders will be able to return - Lesley will be in touch with individuals as we open up more riding sessions. We are also hoping to offer a meet the pony session to some riders who will not be able to ride for quite a while.Ponies:All the ponies are in good health & have benefited from a well deserved break during lockdown. A huge thank you to Abi for taking care of them all when no-one else was allowed on the yard.Health & Safety:Thanks to Lesley who has sorted the Covid risk assessment for RDA and got the yard up to the required Covid safety measures. Riders & parents/carers will all require an induction before riding lessons start again.Volunteers:Some of our volunteers are back helping out at sessions at the weekend. This role is mainly reduced to pony care rather than leading & side walking within lessons but nevertheless is still vital to us running riding lessons. Again, all volunteers have to undergo an induction for our new Covid procedures.Financials:We were extremely worried at the beginning of lockdown as to the future of Belvoir Vale RDA. However with the amazing support from our rider families we are now in a much stronger financial position than anticipated.In addition we have already secured a grant from National office which has paid for all our Covid related costs (new sink, signage, sprays, wipes, soaps etc..). We have also applied to the Co-op for their community funding 2020-2021 so fingers crossed for this.
In accordance with recent Government guidelines regarding the coronavirus it is with great regret that we, the Trustees of Belvoir Vale RDA, have suspended all RDA riding activities at Belle Vue stables from immediate effect. This decision has been taken with a heavy heart, but our priority as always is the safety of our riders, volunteers and supporters.
BELVOIR VALE RDA sent a team of 6 riders and two ponies, ALI and Roma to the Regional Dressage competition. It was an extremely cold and busy day but the ponies and all the riders were on top form and came home with handfuls of rosettes.
LOUISA and KAYLA both won their respective classes so have qualified for the National Championships at Hartpury in July. Barnaby was a very close 3rd in his class so just missed out on qualification this time. Chellie, Sophie and Joshua all performed lovely tests and came 4th, 3rd and 5th respectively.
Huge thanks must go to Scropton RDA for allowing us to hire two of their horses, Babs and Hercules, for the competition.
4 riders represented the group at the inaugural North Midlands RDA Show Jumping Competition. Joshua riding Pumpkin, Kira on Babs (hired from Scropton) and Louisa riding Hercules (also hired from Scropton) all rode extremely well and came 3rd, 2nd and 1st respectively in the Led Level 1 class.
Sophie was the star of the team and jumped a great round to win the Led Level 2 class on Zeus very kindly lent by Scropton.
It was a great day out for our riders and their families and very special thanks go to all the Team at Scropton RDA for making us so welcome.
Belvoir Vale RDA would like to say a big thank you for the money raised recently by The Hungry Horse Pubs. Organised by Dennis Ashcroft in liaison with The Wolds on Loughborough Rd, West Bridgford and Sherwood Manor Public House, Mansfield Rd. Events included head shaves, chest waxing and a charity walk.
Dennis and Assistant Manager of Sherwood Manor, Tom Greenway visited RDA to hand over the money raised (£1335.02) and meet Roma – the pony that will be bought by Belvoir Vale RDA with some of these funds.