Riding awards bring out the smiles

Mayor Neil Brown, MCRDA's Brian Early and Maxine Hooper, at left, and Heather O'Hara, at front right, with riders celebrating the year?s successes. Photo Toni Williams

Riding successes were celebrated last week when Mid Canterbury Riding for the Disabled held their annual break up and prize giving last week.

Most of the year’s 23 riders, their parents, caregivers and siblings were able to get together alongside MCRDA coaches and volunteers to celebrate another successful riding year, heavily impacted by Covid-19. Awards presented included those for confidence and communication, great concentration and riding successes, attitude and effort or for being happy and gentle riders.

Mayor Neil Brown was invited to present certificates to those involved and join them with afternoon tea.

MCRDA president Brian Early supporters of the RDA which benefited its children during the year.

It cost $93,000 a year to fund the programme and it was very dependant on support from local groups, service clubs and grants, Mr Early said.

Lockdown disruption had seen funds running very low with veterinarian bills, rates, insurances and feed ongoing costs for the centre and its nine horses.

It was a different year, but the disruption was for the better in the end, he said.

The dedicated riding team, guided by senior coach Maxine Hooper, but included those from handyman to others who transported and looked after the horses during school holidays successful

The programme aimed to give children increased self-esteem, physical and mental growth, as wells as horsemanship skills and care.

It also helped communication skills and had proven benefits for balance, co-ordination, muscle development and respiratory function.


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