The Grange Hampshire set to provide stunning backdrop for Charity Carriage Drive
Come and join us at The Grange on Sunday 12th June 2022 for a very special fundraising event in aid of Riding For the Disabled Carriage Driving where we will welcome more than 20 horse-drawn carriages, for a charity fundraiser to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Organised by the Hampshire British Driving Society, the first turn-out will depart from the Oval Lawn at The Grange, Northington at 10.30am on the short loop around the estate, followed by the other carriages at five-minute intervals, offering a spectacular display to members of the public.
Lord and Lady Ashburton will be judging the best turn-out on the day, ahead of the drivers taking in some of the most scenic landscape on The Grange Hampshire estate, before returning to The Grange lawns to be presented with a horse brass and rosette. There will be the opportunity to bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds following the event.
Carriage Driving has been an important part of Riding for the Disabled Association since 1975 and all proceeds will be donated to the Broadlands Riding for the Disabled group, based in Medstead near Alton, and one of the oldest Riding for the Disabled (RDA) groups.
During the last 66 years the charity has helped over 4,000 adults and children coping from a wide range of disabilities to participate in riding, developing friendships, expanding their learning skills and growing in confidence as individuals. The group is currently supported by 70+ volunteers including riding Instructors, Duke of Edinburgh Award students, parents and therapists.
Sam Searle from Broadlands said:
“We are a charity, and we can only carry out our life-changing activities thanks to the generosity of our donors, the dedication of our volunteers and the good nature of our fantastic horses.
Regular riding improves core strength, balance and coordination and our welcoming groups help to combat isolation and loneliness and boost wellbeing and happiness.
Lord Ashburton said:
“We are delighted to be hosting this event with Hampshire British Driving Society to support Broadlands Driving for the Disabled group”
“In 1974, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who had taken up carriage-driving after he had to give up polo, introduced carriage driving as an activity within the RDA in 1975. So, in this Jubilee year, we are delighted to be able to celebrate his impact on the RDA and to welcome local residents to enjoy the stunning display on the estate.”
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is an inclusive and diverse organisation. They welcome individuals with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through their network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in our cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as they can.
Many of their participants say that RDA activity is their main way of accessing physical exercise, and they have a positive, long-term impact on confidence levels, relationship building, communication skills, enjoyment and physical ability.
Broadlands RDA was established in 1955 by the Stratford family established the Broadlands Group Riding for the Disabled (RDA).
Since 1974, Suzanne Stratford has been managing this life changing provision with a group of dedicated staff and volunteers, providing over 2,500 rides annually.
Donations can be made online at Broadlands Group Riding for the Disabled Association – Donate now (cafonline.org)