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May 2024

We are extremely grateful to The Hargreaves Foundation who have generously awarded us a grant of £5,000 towards our new children’s riding venue in Stoke.  We plan to move there in early July.  The arena and paddocks have kindly been loaned to Andover RDA for use during the spring and summer months by John and Catherine Scott.  The grant from The Hargreaves Foundation will pay for a new mobile field shelter and fencing and also go towards livery costs for the ponies’ winter grazing.


We are also very grateful to Sarah Oldham for handing on to us the substantial donations made at her partner Edward’s memorial service. Sarah has been involved with Andover RDA for many years and is one of our coaches for the Adult Ride.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this sad time.


A big thank you to our children’s coach Janice Miles and her work colleagues at  Showlite for donating £500 towards pony sponsorship. We shall direct towards the upkeep of our wonderful new pony, Basil.

After an interesting talk in January by Alex Hanbury-Williams and Sue Cox with the help of Jaci Abdollahzadeh, the Whitchurch Women’s Institute kindly made a donation of £750.  We would like to thank them very much for their generous support.

We should also thank the Tarrant family for the large donation in memory of their mother Jane who sadly passed away in January.  Jane was a stalwart volunteer and supporter of the RDA in Vernham Dean and we are very grateful to her family for choosing Andover RDA.

Sales from the Christmas wreaths wonderfully organised by Liz Snowden and her team, came to £624 and we are extremely grateful to them for all their hard work.

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