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RDA sessions and times with effect from Tuesday September 12th 2023

11.00–11.45 Individuals

12.00 12.30 Individuals

Northumberland PRU

14.00–14.45 Collingwood School
10.15–11.00 Parkside School

11.00–12.00 Dales School

13.00–13.45 Individuals

13.45–14.30 Castle School


10.15–11.00 Gibside School

11.30–12.15 Tynedale

13.00–13.45 Northumberland PRU

13.45–14.30 Castle School
10.15–11.00 Parkside School

11.30–12.15 Hexham Priory

13.00–13.30 Individuals

13.45–14.30 Collingwood School


North East Sight Matters

Last week we welcomed North East Sight Matters to Kirkley for horse care and riding sessions. As the riders were all visually impaired everything was specifically tailored to meet their needs and all of our volunteers ensured that the experience for the riders was maximised using sensory equipment and clear riding instructions. The smiles on the riders faces says it all.

We were extremely pleased to welcome two volunteers to the session from Ponteland Co-op who came along to experience exactly how our sessions work, (they support us through the Co-op local community fund), and we are happy to say that they have both said that they will be back for some more volunteering with us.


A Generous Donation

We would like to thank Christine Berney who when retiring her own horse thought about Morpeth RDA and decided to donate all of the rugs, fly sheets, fly masks and numnahs that she no longer needed to us. Not only that but when we arrived to collect them she had also persuaded her friend Christine, who had sadly lost her horse last year, to donate all of her excess kit too!
Thank you to both Christines


The Lord Lieutenants Annual Garden Party

The Duchess of Northumberland, in her capacity as Lord-Lieutenant of Northumberland, hosted a Garden Party in The Alnwick Garden on Thursday 8th of June.  This was to celebrate the huge contribution made by volunteers, unpaid carers and unsung heroes in our local community.
Morpeth RDA Trustees nominated Fiona Krzyzosiak and Michelle Macauley and their plus one’s to be our group representatives at this event. As most of you know they have both been volunteering for the Morpeth RDA group for a long time and so we felt they both really deserved an invite. As the photos below show it was a lovely afternoon with plenty of tea & cake on offer!



Please help us raise money for our Championship Fund. This year seven of our riders have qualified for the RDA National Championships taking place at Hartpury College in Gloucester on 14-16 July. We will be transporting 3 of our ponies down to Gloucester for this event, accompanied by our volunteers. The Championship Fund will cover the costs of entry fees for our riders, transportation and stabling costs for our ponies, and other associated costs.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Morpeth Group Riding For The Disabled and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

Thank you for your support!


RDA Northern Regional Championships – Results

Our riders achieved some fantastic results and we send our congratulations to all of them.
Val ArgentBazDressage1st
Jordan HartleyBazDressage1st
Elizabeth CockburnGypsyDressage1st
Derek Cleminson,GypsyDressage2nd
Tom LeachGypsyDressage3rd
Morgan PlaceFlagDressage1st
Kaelin FairgrieveFlagDressage1st
Derek CleminsonGypsyCountryside Challenge1st
Tom LeachGypsyCountryside Challenge2nd
Elizabeth CockburnFlagCountryside Challenge3rd
Jordan HartleyBazCountyside Challenge4th
Kaelin FairgrieveFlagCountryside Challenge1st
Morgan PlaceFlagShowjumping1st


Morpeth RDA Coronation Champions in the News

The Hexham Courant AND The Northumberland Gazette both ran articles on our very own Coronation Champions you can read the articles by following the links below…/23495721.morpeth…/

We are very pleased to announce that Carole Peters-Jones & Jonathan Peters-Jones are two of just 500 Coronation Champions. Unbeknown to them they were nominated by another of our volunteers due to their outstanding commitment to Morpeth RDA and volunteering.

The entry standard was incredibly high and nearly 5000 nominations were received. Together with Her Majesty The Queen Consort, the Coronation Champion Awards were launched by the Royal Voluntary Service to celebrate extraordinary volunteers who go the extra mile to improve the lives of others.

Proudly supported by category sponsors Sky, PetPlan and Simply Health the awards recognise volunteers from all corners of the UK and a range of causes.

It is a great honour for Carole & Johnathan and, in turn, Morpeth RDA as a whole and we are immensely proud of them.

It really goes without saying that all our volunteers are special to us as without you we couldn’t function and all of the trustees would like to thank each and every one of our volunteers for all of their hard work and continued support.


Pony health & welfare

The health and welfare of our ponies is extremely important and as part of their routine care they are regularly checked by the vet. Thanks to Ewan and Evie from Alnorthumbria Equine who came along to Kirkley for our ponies health check and dentals.


Adopt A Pony for a Year Scheme

Morpeth RDA is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with both developmental and physical disabilities.

We rely on donations and fundraising to provide the money to care for our wonderful ponies. By joining our Adopt A Pony for a Year Scheme all of your donation will help towards the cost of feed, hay, farrier and vets bills.

We currently have 11 ponies. They range in size from Gilly, our smallest pony who suits our very young riders, up to Thomas and Bluebell, our biggest horses, who are used for our older and more experienced riders. In between we have beautiful Baz, Caramac, Chief, Flag, Gypsy, Harry, Orio and Patsy.

All of our ponies are carefully chosen for their temperament and ability to work with disabled children and adults – they are all truly amazing!

As part of your adoption you will receive a photo of your chosen pony and you’ll be able to visit them throughout the year (please contact us to arrange a mutually convenient time).

Completed forms should be emailed to or handed in at the RDA office

Please choose from the following ponies:

Morpeth RDA Horses and Ponies move to Kirkley Hall


Cleaswell Hill Group on Friday produced some excellent designs for a pony rug