Saturday, 3 December 2016


Congratulations to all the prize-winners!   Have a good Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


Thank you all for supporting the coffee morning with baking, bric a brac, and everything you donated.  It raised the fantastic sum of £1149.86, (including the raffle) which is an enormous help with costs over the winter.  We're all very grateful!  

Friday, 11 November 2016


On behalf of us all at Angus RDA, we  would like to  thank  Dave Johnston and  his family, and all at Claverhouse Equestrian for the fantastic donation of £510 . Claverhouse hosted a show in memory of Cath Johnston,  and the family very kindly donated the proceeds to us.  Thanks so much.

Saturday, 15 October 2016


Joanne's show last weekend did really well, and she made enough to provide some of the funding needed for the special Olympics riders. Thanks to her and everyone who supported it!

The school set up for the show.

Monday, 3 October 2016


 Congratulations to our three riders who went to Glasgow to compete at the RDA centre there.

  Ashley, Sian and Nathan did really well. Sian got a first, Ashley a 2nd and Nathan a fourth, which is wonderful especially as they were riding ponies they didn't know.  A great result.

They also met up with Nathan Jack, who is the other member of the Tayside Special Olympic Equestrian Team - and our Nathan got to ride his pony in the competition today too.

Saturday, 20 August 2016


 Three of our riders (Ashley, Sian and Nathan) have been selected to go to the Special Olympics in Sheffield in 2017 as part of the Equestrian Team; four riders are going from the area, so Angus RDA will be well represented. 

To help with some funding for their places, we are having a small show on Saturday 8th October, which is open to the public for competing and watching. . (See Facebook page for more details.)

 We would like to thank  Zara Aitken, aged 12, from Brechin. She held a Bingo Tea and raised the fantastic sum of £320 which she presented to us this morning.  
Also thanks to Dale and Trudy Murray (Riley's mum and dad) who took part in a 50 day 5km challenge and raised the fantastic amount of £580.50 for us; an amazing effort.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016


We were very sad to hear that our chairman Mrs Jean Thomson passed away on  31st July;  she will be very much missed by all who knew her. Although recently she had not been as involved with the group so much because of her health, Angus RDA owes a great deal to her.

Thursday, 16 June 2016


Erin has been lame for a little, with no very obvious cause.  The vet has now x-rayed Erin's foot and she has a cracked bone, which will mean at least 6-8 weeks rest, and she may  need special  shoes to
 ease the pressure. We are keeping our fingers crossed that after a couple of months she should be back in light work again.

Thursday, 19 May 2016


Hamish has now gone on loan to a new home as we felt he had done enough RDA work for the moment and would enjoy a change of scene for a while.  He has done us really proud for a good many years now, with lots of different riders.  We all wish him well in his new home.

Oreo, a skewbald mare with a beautiful long mane has arrived and we hope she will take up the place.  She has passed the vet, so will start training.  She has been a family pony and also at a riding school, so shouldn't take too long to settle in.


Sunday, 17 April 2016


We would all like to say a big thank you to our Chairman, Forbes Inglis, who retired at the AGM yesterday; his advice and help have been really appreciated!  We hope he will continue to drop in every now and again just to keep in touch.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016


Congratulations to our chief instructor Elinor on getting to the final three in the Sports awards!

Also a big thankyou to the staff of the Royal Bank of Scotland in Forfar for raising £440 for us.

Thursday, 21 January 2016



DATES FOR 2016:    

Helper Training Day 
Saturday 27th February
Riding starts Tuesday 1st March

Close 12 noon Saturday 2nd April
Open 9am Monday 11th April

Close Friday 15th July
Open 9am Monday 15th August

Close 12 noon Saturday 1st October
Open 9am Monday 10th October

Coffee morning  26th November - this is also the last day of riding for the year

Prize Giving        Saturday 3rd December

Other news - we have a new pony, a piebald mare, about 14.2, aged 7/8, called Dolly, who seems to be taking everything quietly so far.   She will be getting training soon when the others start coming back into work.
Donation:    We are delighted to have received a cheque for £2000 from the STV Appeal, which is a lovely surprise!  Thanks to all those involved..