Monday 12 December


Tea with a pony session between 10am – 12 noon

RDA created Tea with a Pony in response to the growing number of people living with dementia, for whom horse-riding may not be suitable but who might be helped by some other form of animal-assisted activity involving horses. 

Tea with a Pony is a simple, yet very effective session and Morpeth RDA are now inviting care home residents and those living in their own homes to enjoy a cup of tea and cake, at Kirkley Hall with Morpeth RDA, whilst revisiting memories from years gone by.  It is has become clear from information feeding back to RDA National that these sessions also impact the carers and family members in a positive way.

Tea with a Pony began in 2018 and it was found for some participants, the connection with horses is much deeper.  One lady got so much from her session that her daughter said:

“It seems to have helped her memory, I’m not sure how, but it has, and, more than anything, it’s been like a light has turned back on again. It’s the warmth of an animal, an animal that trusts you – the present fades away and it takes her back to just warm memories.”

Tea with a Pony sessions will run on the second Monday of every month.  If you are interested, or if you know someone who would like to attend a Tea with a Pony session please get in touch.


Christmas Holidays

Please make a note that lessons will be held as usual during the week commencing Monday 12 December.  There will be no lessons after Friday 16 December until the week commencing Monday 9 January 2023.  On that date we will be holding our first Tea with a Pony session for 2023 and all the usual lessons will run during the week.


First Aid Training on 25 November

11 of our volunteers attended the course.  Everyone enjoyed an engaging day, well spent updating essential skills, gaining new insights, and with refreshments and delicious mince pies!  Useful tip, put ‘what3words’ app on your phone, this gives a precise 3m square location in case of emergency. British Red Cross have a very good First Aid app.

Andy Foote getting to grips with the abdominal thrust manoeuvre!


It was lovely to see so many people at our Open Day in October.

As usual at Morpeth RDA events there was a fabulous selection of homemade cakes courtesy of our wonderful home bakers.

Visitors took the opportunity to say hello to their favourite ponies and meet our new arrivals


We are doing a lot of work to get everything ready for our start date of 31st October. Many thanks to Andy Foote and Anne Temperley who helped the Trustees to clean and decorate our office and rest room.


We held a mini competition for our riders who were unable to take part in the national championships.  Well done to Liam, Jordan, Imogen, Kaelin and Emily.

Once again a huge thank you to everyone who gave up their free time to help to run this event.

RDA National Championships 2022

Morpeth RDA riders have had another really successful trip to the RDA Nationals at Hartpury, despite the heat!

We would like to say an enormous Well Done to everyone who went to Hartpury.  The riders and the horses were fantastic and the support team outstanding.

We had some fantastic results and we have two National Champions riding under the Morpeth RDA banner.  All the photos from Hartpury are available to view on Morpeth RDA website – please do take a look at them.  The full results are:-

Mason Shield Graham

Showjumping Level 4  – 1st

Dressage – 3rd

Countryside Challenge – 4th

Freya Carr Wright

PVI Dressage – 1st

Countryside Challenge – 2nd

Tom Leach

Dressage – 2nd

Countryside Challenge – 4th

Lily-May Henderson

Dressage – 4th

Countryside Challenge – 4th

Getting ready to leave for Hartpury


Congratulations to Gail, Georgina and Lydia on completing the sponsored Fire Walk in aid of Morpeth RDA. There’s still time to donate if you’d like to using the following link

All of the money raised will be used towards the care and welfare of our fantastic ponies.


RDA Regional Championships

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the Regional Championships such a wonderful event. We could not have done it without all the help and support which was given so willingly.

Fantastic results for Morpeth Group!

ClassRiderPonyResultQualify for National Championships
10 DREmily JonesBaz1stQualified
11 DRMason Shield GrahamMaeve1stQualified
12 DRLiam BarnesChief2ndQualified
12 DRJordan HartleyChief1stQualified
12 DRHeidi ArminTaffy3rd 
13 DRLily Mae HendersonGypsy2ndQualified
13 DRKim EatonBluebell1stQualified
13 DRTom LeachBluebell3rd 
13 DRJoshua Benkhoeed-Housie,Gypsy2ndQualified
14 DRKaelin FairgrieveChief2ndQualified
14 DRFreya Carr WrightBaz1stQualified
15 DRImogen FosterBluebell1stQualified
18a SJMason Shield GrahamMaeve1stQualified
19a SJMason Shield GrahamMaeve1stQualified
22a CCHeid ArminTaffy6th 
23 CCKim EatonBluebell2ndQualified
23 CCTom LeachGypsy1stQualified
23a CCLiam BarnesChief4th 
23a CCJordan HartleyChief5th 
23a CCLily Mae HendersonGypsy2ndQualified
24 CCJoshua Benkhoeed-Housie,Gypsy2ndQualified
24a CCEmily JonesBaz1stQualified
24a CCMason Shield GrahamMaeve2ndQualified
26a CCKaelin FairgrieveChief2ndQualified
26a CCFreya Carr WrightBaz1stQualified
27a CCImogen FosterBluebell1stQualified
28 DRKiraDominic2nd 
28 DRLucyPatsy2nd 
28 DRMasieDominic1st 


Good luck to everyone taking part in the Regional Championships at Pegasus on Thursday 5th May.

The following riders are representing Morpeth Group:

Emily Jones,

Mason Shield Graham,

Liam Barnes,

Jordan Hartley,

Heidi Armin,

Lily Mae Henderson,

Kim Eton,

Tom Leach,

Joshua Benkhoeed-Housie,

Kaelin Fairgrieve,

Freya Carr Wright,

Imogen Foster,

Chloe, Kira and Lucy Carson

Alice Jane Watson,

we wish them the very best of luck.


Update about the relocation of Morpeth RDA to Kirkley Hall.

We can confirm that we will be moving to Kirkley Hall at the beginning of May. Lessons will continue as normal next week with the exception of Thursday 5th May when we’re hosting the Regional Championships. From Saturday 7th May RDA sessions will be temporarily suspended. Ponies will be taken to Kirkley Hall on Sunday 8th May where they’ll be turned out in an isolation field for 3 weeks. This is purely a precautionary biosecurity measure. We’re aiming to restart sessions during the week beginning 13th June.

Trustees have visited Kirkley Hall and were very impressed with the facilities. There is some upgrading work to be carried out to make the site fit for purpose for RDA but once this is completed we’re confident that the dedicated RDA facilities will meet all our needs.  We feel this is a great opportunity and we look forward to working closely with Northumberland College.

Morpeth RDA has been providing riding sessions for just over 50 years. This is the start of a new and exciting chapter for us and we very much hope you’ll be part of it with us. The move will give us the chance to improve and build on the opportunities we can offer our riders but we very much need the support of our volunteers to do this so if you’re able to continue volunteering we would really appreciate it.

We’re extremely grateful to Michael and Daphne Jeans for allowing The Pegasus Centre to be the home of Morpeth RDA for the last 14 years and we appreciate the support we’ve had from Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland during this time.

We’ll arrange an open day at Kirkley Hall in due course so you can all come and see our new home. In the meantime if you have any queries please get in touch.

With very best wishes


Tynedale Group receiving their Easter Rosettes


Pony Routine Check-up – February 2022
Ewan and Robyn came to the see our ponies for their annual vet check and routine dentals .
Thanks to Alnorthumbria Equine for all their continued care and support.

Morpeth RDA Tea with a Pony

Our first Tea with a Pony drop in session was a very happy event. We all enjoyed a cup of tea and pieces of home made cake and then spent some time in the company of our lovely pony Daisy who made some new friends.


And to NCEA for their art entry


Tynedale group receiving their rosettes after taking part in an in house dressage competition



We know that Baz is a particular favourite with many of our supporters and thought that some of you may have missed the following article appeared in the Hexham Courant

National recognition for Morpeth Group Riding for the Disabled Association’s Baz

A PONTELAND pony has been recognised as one of the best nationally.

Baz, who is loaned by the Errington family, of Ogle, to the Morpeth Group Riding for the Disabled Association, finished fifth in the RDA Horse/Pony category of the first, virtual SEIB Search for a Star competition.

The volunteer-led charity, based out of the Pegasus Centre, in Tranwell, aims to improve the lives of children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities through sport.

The centre’s horses and ponies provide vital therapy, achievement and enjoyment to over 100 riders weekly.

And despite Covid-19 putting paid to the group’s sessions, their animals are still getting the recognition they, rightfully, deserve!

With over 300 entries across 10 classes, judges Richard and Marjorie Ramsay had the difficult task of selecting the top RDA Horse/Pony.

Richard said: “Again, a hugely difficult class to judge because we did look and thought, these are the sort of animals, good bodies, that basically if you put a saddle on them and a disabled rider, they look very much like they’d be able to carry that person.”

Whittling down the class, Baz was selected as one of a “mixed bunch of six animals” that they ‘really really liked.’

Another of the group’s horses, George, was also entered into the competition, but was not placed.

In a statement, the RDA said: “Following the decision around the lockdown from November 5 to December 2, the majority of RDA sessions will have to be suspended over this period.

Riding centres and stables can remain open for the care and exercise of equines during this period to protect animal welfare.”

The Pegasus Centre is a partnership between the RDA, Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland, the county’s sporting body, who manage the facility.

Due to mark its 50th anniversary in 2021, the Morpeth Group relies on donors and fundraising efforts to deliver its vital work to young people and adults across the county.

And in a bid to keep funds up, the Group has launched an Adopt a Pony Scheme, with donations going toward hay, farrier and vet bills.


The Trustees working hard at the Pegasus Centre