Fun in North Wales!

The Group was able to take a group of riders to the Clwyd Special Riding School over the summer in North Wales.

This was made possible by the generosity of The Scheinberg Trust, who have funded this and similar trips for a number of years.

It is a complete change from what the riders are used to on their Tuesday rides at the Guilcagh Equestrian Centre in Andreas. When away they are responsible for feeding, grooming, tacking up and tack cleaning, and mucking out. A lot of hard work but the joy when they ride out on “their horse” on the tracks around the centre is just lovely to see.

Also, thank you to the Steam Packet Company for the generous discount they gave us on our travel costs.

Many thanks to everyone involved for a very successful weekend.

Joan Waters (Chair, Isle of Man RDA Group)

Training Day April 2021

We all enjoyed a very informative training day at the Guilcagh stables ahead of the return of our riding sessions. Training days are extremely useful for all volunteers, those new to the group can learn new skills and it allows the more experienced volunteers to impart their knowledge and experiences learned through riding with disabled children over the years. Topics covered were grooming, tacking-up, as well as working on best practices for side-walking. 

The afternoon session was spent simulating a riding session with the ponies and RDA volunteer riders. This enabled us to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable in their roles, and putting in to practice new skills learned.

We were delighted that our newest committee member Juan was able to join us for the day. Juan learned to ride through the Isle of Man RDA, and is an exceptionally proficient rider who has competed at the highest level. It was truly a privilege to watch him ride Cobweb and to see firsthand just what can be achieved through RDA.

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Juan and Cobweb

40 Years and Counting

In the summer of 1976 the local committee of the British Horse Society held a meeting to discuss the possibility of starting an RDA group on the Island. A steering committee was formed, and the first meeting held on 20th October 1976.

Over the next 40 years, the group went from strength to strength, and has been riding continuously throughout. For various reasons the venues have changed along the way starting in Corvalley and Conrhenney, then to Gilbey Grianagh Horses, then  Abbeylands, then to Pennybridge Equestrian Centre, and finally to our current home The Guilcagh where we ride on Tuesdays and Fridays.

During this time the group has been honoured to receive several visits from HRH Princess Anne – in 1979, 1984, 1994 and May 2004.

Over the years the group has enjoyed many events and celebrations. Fundraising has been a major enterprise including many enjoyable events and the receipt of numerous donations and legacies for which the group is eternally grateful. Many people, far too numerous to mention individually, have contributed so much to keep the group going. So much gratitude is owed to them for all their dedication and hard work.

Christmas Ride 2020



We have been incredibly fortunate on the Isle of Man to have been able to resume our activities at Riding for the Disabled, as the Island has been Covid free in the community since June.

We were able to operate our Autumn term timetable fully, and welcomed riders of varied ability to our sessions.

All of our students developed their skills in riding, and were all able to partake in some fun and games during the last session – The Christmas Ride.

As you can see our helpers and instructors all embraced the Christmas spirit, and even Santa Claus came to visit!

It was a lovely end to a difficult year, and we are all hopeful that 2021 will bring some respite to our colleagues at RDA in the UK.