RDA group still going strong after more than 30 years

Alison Leggett and new instructor Simon Luck with RDA horse, Rupert
Alison Leggett and new instructor Simon Luck with RDA horse, Rupert

ARUNDEL Group of the Riding for Disabled Association, which was founded in 1979 by Joy Leggett, based at her stables at Arundel Riding Centre,is still going strong and looking to the future.

The group is part the South East Region, which covers Sussex, Surrey and Kent and it offers riding as a therapy for children and adults who live, or attend schools in the Arundel area,

Riding helps riders in many ways including improving balance, co-ordination concentration, confidence and speech. And the group makes sure it is fun, when it meets every Tuesday afternoon during term time.

Joy is still involved with the group - and her daughter Alison is now the group’s RDA instructor. The activities could not take place without the continuing support of Joy and Alison, group volunteers and trustees.

Chairman Terry Clothier said: “The 2011 summer recess saw a number of changes in the organisation of the Arundel Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association.

“Sandy Roud joined in 1982 and became Instructor in 1987 taking over the role from Joy Leggett who founded the Group in 1979.

“Sandy, always caring for the riders under her instruction, ran a tight ship and managed the group for a number of years with supreme efficiency.

“All things must change and in August this year, Sandy felt that the time had come for her to retire after 29 years.

“Her decision was respected by the group committee and at a recent lunch with Joy Leggett and new instructor, Joy’s daughter Alison, Sandy was presented with gifts to commemorate her long service. Our good wishes go with her.”

For full story on the group, and other equestrian news see West Sussex Gazette, November 16