“Within 30 minutes of arriving at the school, I knew I had made the right choice by volunteering at Cotswold RDA.
“What struck me initially was the diverse range of volunteers – there is a real breadth of ages and backgrounds, some with pony experience, others who just want to learn and be part of something special.
“I have been around horses since I was about ten years old, and took my British Horse Society exams after I left school.
“I’m actively engaged in the equestrian world, teaching at Pony Club and riding clubs, and taking part in dressage.
“I knew that I wanted to volunteer, but I also wanted to go that extra step and become a qualified RDA Coach.
“Having the ability to teach someone with learning and/or physical disabilities brings its own set of challenges, so every coach must be properly trained.
“I will be working closely with the RDA County Coach, Eileen O’Mahoney, who has been with RDA for over 30 years, and who will help guide me through the different stages.
“I will be working, under Eileen’s watchful eye, to develop Toffee and his riders.
“Together, Toffee and I will work hard to make sure that we meet the needs of RDA so that we both pass with flying colours.”
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