The Princess Royal paid a visit to Aberdeenshire yesterday, where she officially opened a new cabin at Strathbogie for the Riding for the Disabled Association.
The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is a UK based charity which works to improve the lives of people living with disabilities through education and fun. They do this through hippotherapy, where therapy is provided by letting the people with disabilities ride horses and ponies, a task which also gives them enjoyment and a sense of achievement. Members additionally work with a local physiotherapist, Dr Cooper, who provides them with therapy before they begin their riding. An eager horsewoman herself, Princess Anne is the President of RDA, and was an ideal choice for the opening.
The cabin is a new facility at Bog End Farm, Oyne. It serves as a warm and cosy place for members of the RDA to gather, brew themselves a hot cup of tea and change into their riding gear. It also acts as an office area and storage space. The building of the cabin was sponsored by the Awards for All scheme, which donated £10,000 to the project, as well as various local supporters of the charity.
At the opening ceremony, guests were treated to a show by five budding equestrians, who showed off their riding skills. A Strathbogie group spokesperson, Valerie Roy, said: “Princess Anne’s visit was special for all of our supporters, because it recognises their contribution to a worthwhile charity. All of our riders, helpers and sponsors were thrilled that she was able to perform the official opening ceremony.”