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SRUC’s Oatridge Campus Welcomes Royal VIP to Riding for the Disabled Conference

Published Thursday, 29th October 2015 in Study at SRUC news

Janet Swalding, Riding for the disabled

SRUC and Riding for the Disabled in Scotland welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to SRUC’s Oatridge Campus and the Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC) for their Scottish Conference last week.

Janet Swadling, Acting Chief Executive, SRUC commented: “I was delighted to attend the recent event held at the SNEC, which is located on our Oatridge Campus and it was an honour to meet HRH The Princess Royal. The work carried out by the Riding for the Disabled Association is second to none and during the demonstrations and activities the evidence was clear just how much joy and support is gained by those with disabilities though riding and interacting with horses. We are delighted to be able to use the SNEC for such activities.”

In her address to the delegates, Lynda Whittaker, Regional Chairperson, Edinburgh and Borders RDA said: “The Conference is an opportunity for RDA volunteers, coaches, participants and supporters to come together to learn, share good practice and develop relationships.  I am delighted that this year the Conference has attracted an unprecedented number of delegates with over 350 people travelling from all over Scotland and the UK”.

The Conference theme was “Inspiration and Progression” and the programme featured the many ways that participants, their families, coaches and volunteers can either inspire or be inspired by RDA resulting in personal development and progression. The workshops and demonstrations illustrated how the work and services of RDA develops and supports opportunities for therapy and achievement and enables physical activity and enjoyment.

Delegates heard personal accounts from participants who will share how RDA has enhanced their lives.  In addition, family members of young people with disabilities explained the difference RDA has made to their children physically, emotionally and socially.

The exciting practical demonstrations illustrated a “journey of inspiration and progression” showing the many facets and disciplines of RDA including; children riding with maximum support, working with intellectually and physically disabled children and adults, vaulting, dressage, showjumping, working towards independence, carriage driving and achievements at the Special Olympics.

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