Last Wednesday an intrepid group of 8 riders and 8 volunteers headed off to the wilds of Devon in search of adventure. 

And look what they found! Nothing like choosing the best weather of the summer to travel in!

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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!


The Watershed Stables Renovation Project will be one of the 4 Projects being voted for in TESCO’S from 1st July – 31st August 2018.


Your tokens can be put in the “Bags of Help” boxes at these stores:

• Cirencester Express GL7 1XE

• Cirencester Extra GL7 1NP

• Cirencester Superstore GL7 1HW


The Local Answer!

Please click on this link to read a lovely article about our new mess room fund raising efforts in The Local Answer.

John Afoa Rides for The Watershed RDA!

On Friday 1st June The Watershed Riding for the Disabled Group at Coates, Cirencester held their Annual Electric Bicycle Polo Tournament which this year included Gymkhana Games on the electric bikes as well as the Polo Tournament. Longdole, Edgeworth, the Beaufort and Cirencester Park Polo Clubs battled against each other to win the coveted eCycles County Cup. 

The Edgeworth Polo Team came out the eventual winners. The electric bikes were provided by eCycle UK of Stroud and the event sponsored by Longdole Polo Club, Jackson Stops Estate Agents and the Buckett family of RJ Polo.

John Afoa – Gloucester Rugby Club player and holder of 35 All Black caps – started the races and presented the prizes. He also got co-opted into a team for the egg and spoon race!

£1500 was raised for The Watershed RDA Group. They thanked all their supporters and said that the money would be used towards replacing some of their older stables.

They are actively seeking volunteers to do a variety of jobs so please ring them on 07876 533322 or go to 


Badminton Horse Trials

The Rural Planning Practice based in Cirencester invited The Watershed RDA to join them at The Lakeside Pavilions on Friday 4th May and Saturday 5th May – dressage and Cross Country days respectively.

A glass of fizz and light refreshments were available all day and it was a splendid base from which to watch the action, explore the shops and to enjoy the atmosphere of the top Three Day Event in the world. All our riders, volunteers and supporters who came to the event thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

We would like to thank The Rural Planning Practice for their hospitality and the RDA volunteers who helped at the tent and those who made a mountain of cakes for the tent.

As you can see from the photos we really were by the lake but as far as I know none of us jumped in the lake to cool off at the end of the day!

Badminton Preview at The Kings Head in Cirencester

On Wednesday 25th April The Kings Head hosted a Badminton Preview Evening.

Jonty Evans , International Event rider, was the compere and skilfully questioned the Panel who were eventers Sir Mark Todd, Tom McEwen and Alicia Hawker along with Ros Morgan, an International trainer and Eric Winter the Badminton Cross Country Course Designer. The audience were given many insights into the world of eventing and had the opportunity to ask questions.

£1610 was raised for The Watershed RDA on the night. Our thanks go to The Kings Head, Jonty and all the panelists.

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Watershed RDA were thrilled to be invited to take part in a class at a Dressage competition kindly hosted by the North Wilts Saddle Club held at Ravensbrook Farm, Minety on Saturday 28th April. 

We were represented by Sue Johnson, Penny Thomas and Ellie Calford riding Connor, Finn and Connor respectively.

The judge praised the high standard attained by all 3 riders, who achieved the places 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The ponies were beautifully turned out and the 3 riders made us very proud.

Our thanks go to the volunteers who made this possible.

We had a fantastic time at the Mistral Fashion Show in aid of Watershed RDA on Thursday 22nd of March.

We would like to say a huge Thank you to everyone at Mistral for organising such a fabulous event and also to everyone who came and supported us that afternoon.


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.