Busy Year Ahead For Young RDA

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

Margaret Prestall steps down as President of Young RDA, but will continue volunteering for the Centre.

Long-serving President of Young Riding for Disabled Centre, Margaret Prestall has recently handed the reins to Cheryl Matthes, another long-serving volunteer.

The Centre executive, committee and volunteers offer their thanks to Margaret for her contributions to the Centre that have enabled the unique service to be provided to members of the Young community.

Vice President and Liaison Officer Susan Turner-Davis said Margaret would continue to volunteer at the Centre activity days as the record keeper of riders and the ponies they ride.

“This is required as part of the OH&S checks which are in place for the safety of our participants and the welfare of our ponies and horses,” Ms Turner-Davis said.

“The Centre offers three programs to participants - Carriage Driving, Riding and Unmounted activities.

“These programs require teams of volunteers to enable the programs to be provided.

“The Centre is fortunate to have long-serving volunteers, Rae McCoy and Dave Farrell.

“Without the generosity of these men giving their time and expertise, the carriage driving program would not be possible.

“Carriage driving provides an activity that gives participants who cannot ride feelings of freedom and mobility along with other benefits.”

Most of the Centre’s volunteers are from Young, but there are a few from other towns.

During the COVID lockdown, volunteers have been busy raising funds and maintaining the pony and horse care and preparing them for the return of participants.

The community and businesses of Young and surrounding regions have generously supported the fundraising efforts.

The executive committee offer their appreciation for that generosity and also thanks to the Young Harness Club for their continued support and is looking forward to participants from local and Forbes schools who will be returning to their programs next week.

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