RDA Show Day first of many

The Cambridge Riding for the Disabled arena roof meant the Show Day could still go ahead despite the rain on Saturday.

“We’re lucky to have our big arena roof,” Cambridge Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Operations Manager Vanessa Donnelly said after the Cambridge RDA Gala Day went ahead last Saturday, “even though the weather was fairly bad!”

Plenty of families turned out to the first annual event for the not-for-profit organisation, enjoying free sausages, burgers and bottled water thanks to Rapid Relief Team. “These guys really were amazing. After seeing us in the Cambridge News saying we were having a gala day, Christopher from RRT contacted me asking if they could help by supplying the food, and how could we turn down that offer.”

RDA horses enjoyed the attention in between showers.

Riders were tasked with horse-back challenges as part of RDA’s term focus on life skills, managing notes and coins while shopping (on a horse!). “We carried this idea through to our gala day and everyone was given RDA $20, play money, which came in to use for the sideshows and to buy ice blocks and popcorn.”

Although horse riding games for the public had to be cancelled due to the weather, children still got to venture out into the paddocks for some time with the horses, feeding them carrots in the gaps between showers.

Raffles and a cake auction rounded out what was a great day for Cambridge RDA.

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