Shepparton Riding for the Disabled celebrates successful year

By Tara Whitsed

Shepparton Riding for the Disabled celebrated another successful year at its annual open morning recently.

Secretary Cathy Hamilton said sponsors including local businesses, charity groups and volunteers watched on as riders of all ages put the horses through their paces.

“The day also marked the official opening of the new Benalla Bridge, which forms part of the activity course,” she said.

“The bridge was gifted to the Shepparton RDA following the recent closure of the Benalla RDA.”

President Clive Ramsey thanked community members for their attendance and support during the past year.

“Funds raised thanks to our generous supporters this year will go towards the much-needed renovation of our amenities block,” he said.

According to Ms Hamilton, the association assisted 55 riders on 14 horses this year, with the help of more than 30 community volunteers.

Riding for the Disabled is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation helping people with a disability to enjoy the freedom and opportunity to feel independent and to gain confidence, by riding astride a gentle animal.

Shepparton RDA is situated behind the William Orr GOTAFE Campus on Wanganui Rd, Shepparton.

If you are interested in volunteering at Shepparton RDA, classes are held every Tuesday during school terms from 9am to 2pm. Phone Ms Hamilton on 5826 5177 or email [email protected] for more information.