Unfortunately, there will not be a face-to-face National Championships at Hartpury this year (2021).
This decision has been made after careful consultation between the event organisers, the RDA Board of Trustees and the wider RDA community.
Unfortunately due to restrictions from the government and RDA National particularly around maintaining social distancing it has not been possible to offer our usual full range of riding and carriage driving lessons.
The Magpie Centre will be returning to some limited riding activities later in September.*
Due to the current level of coronavirus restrictions and guidelines from RDA National, riding will be restricted to those participants that do not require side walkers and only require a limited amount of help to mount/dismount the horse.
Unfortunately RDA National are still not permitting carriage driving as it is not possible to maintain the current social distancing guidelines whilst undertaking this activity.
Earlier this year the Magpie Centre, together with the charity Mind, started on the path to building a new activity.
Equine Assisted Learning & Therapy (EALT) is a programme encouraging interaction between horses and people to promote mental well being.
Our very own Michelle Aflatt got on her bike earlier this month to raise £755 for the Magpie Centre.
Michelle, who has been riding at the Centre since the age of five, was keen to boost the Centre’s income during lockdown, as the cost of keeping the 14 horses and ponies continues, even though the income from rider donations halted abruptly in March.