The Princess Royal is set to celebrate 40 years of carriage driving by the Riding for the Disabled Associated (RDA) at the RDA carriage driving National Championships next month.
The Riding for the Disabled Association is a UK based charity that uses horses and ponies to provide therapy to people with disabilities. For over 40 years, their group of volunteers have been trying to improve the lives of these individuals through horse riding and carriage driving lessons. Princess Anne, who is an avid horsewoman herself, is Patron of the RDA.
The RDA carriage driving National Championships will be held at Hartpury College from 17th to 19th July. It will feature many events, such as Showjumping, Vaulting, Countryside Challenge, Horse Care & Knowledge, and both regular and visually impaired Dressage.
Friday’s programme will also include dressage tests, cones and obstacles, and a VIP reception while the weekend will see prizes given out for Arts & Crafts, as well as Best Turned Out.
The carriage driving Championships attract over 400 competitors every year including adults and children who have qualified for the competition at regional riding events throughout the country. The event, which is free for visitors, also attracts thousands of visitors every year and is well known for its helpful volunteers and family friendly atmosphere.
Championships Chairman, Anne Coney, said: “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness can join us for this special occasion as we celebrate 40 years of RDA Carriage Driving. This wonderful event captures the spirit of the whole organisation. We bring together competitors from all over the UK, who have overcome sometimes unbelievable challenges to qualify for their place. The courage and skill displayed by many of our riders and drivers are truly inspiring, and our volunteers work hard throughout the weekend to make sure everyone has a good time.”