BBC Rickshaw Challenge meets Watershed RDA!

Ben and Maisie were lucky enough to meet with Harry and Matt from BBC The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge while they were about in the locality having a break from cycling!

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge is back with six inspiring young people taking on a gruelling 423 mile cycle to change children's lives from 9-16 November.

Juddmonte Stud visit The Watershed RDA

On Monday 17th September James Trotter, from Juddmonte Stud, very kindly presented two of our riders, Arabella and Natalie, with a cheque for £500. We are most grateful to them and all the money will go directly to the care of our ponies.

Although coming under the umbrella of the National RDA, all RDA groups are separate charities and as such have to do all their own fund raising. We do not get money from National RDA.

Our Group requires about £20,000 a year to run which we need to raise annually.

If there is any way that you can help us with this, please contact Kate Beim on 01285 821102

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We had a fabulous open day on Sunday 2nd of September! 

We had a fabulous Open Day on Sunday 2nd September.

Adam Henson, of Cotswold Farm, came and cut the ribbon to officially open our new mess room. We were most grateful for the time he spent with us, for all the things he “cut” and presented, for all the photos he had taken and for chatting to a lot of people.

Over 200 people came to the Opening and as well as being served delicious teas and cakes in the mess room they were able to see our new stables, yard and outdoor classroom and were able to chat to our riders, volunteers and the ponies.

Arabella and Natalie, 2 of our younger riders, mounted Ben and Misty to give us a slick dressage demonstration to “You’ll never Walk Alone” .

Di Green, an International Para Dressage rider then spoke very movingly about how she started riding again at The Watershed after an horrific riding accident left her with trauma induced multiple sclerosis. Whilst she was speaking Leone Brown, her trainer from Danewood Dressage, warmed up Di’s magnificent grey mare Winnie.

We then watched Di mount Winnie which many of the audience found inspirational as Winnie and Di have to trust each other implicitly as Di’s leg is lifted over the saddle for her to get on- she needed help from 3 people to achieve mounting. Leone then explained how she trains Winnie (and Di!) – clicks tell Winnie what Di wants her to do and because Di can’t use her legs she uses 2 long dressage whips. Di also uses her weight to indicate to Winnie how she should move. In addition Di has looped reins as she has limited feeling in her hands. Leone asked Di to demonstrate many of her dressage moves and then Di showed us one of her superbly accurate walk tests to music.

The Open Day was not a fund raising activity but even so we raised over a £1000. A lot of people helped by doing an extraordinary amount of things from making cakes, to washing horses, to running around the arena to make sure the dressage demo would fit the music, to cutting the grass, washing the windows, publicising the event, painting faces, selling things, knocking over skittles, running the raffle, stalls and chocolate tombola – and more and more and more!!!


“You cannot be serious!”

We now have a new extended stable yard, a new roof on the tack rooms, a new row of four stables and a new outdoor classroom.

Enormous thanks to some really special and generous donors who have allowed us to do this project in our summer holidays – it will be ready for use at the beginning of the Autumn Term. THANK YOU to them.

Also a huge thank you to Oakley Stables who did this job quickly, efficiently, with no fuss and who couldn’t have been more helpful.


International Para Dressage rider Diane Greene owes it all to Watershed RDA…..

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So lovely to have a visit from the founders of Watershed, Sue and Andrew Bowden. Many years ago they had the vision to establish a family oriented, caring and community minded RDA. We are so pleased to be continuing that ethos here today. You’re our heroes! Thank you!


We are so excited to share with you our new mess room has finally been kitted out. We absolutely love our new facilities. It would be great to see you all for a chat, coffee and biscuits so please do come along. 

A huge amount of thanks go to everyone who donated, granted and gave generously to the project – too numerous to name now although we will be thanking them again in the near future.

Many thanks must also go to our Trustees and to our particularly hard working Fund Raising Committee.