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New Yatt RDA is Charity Partner with White Stuff Witney

STOP PRESS: White Stuff Witney will be holding a hot choc and cakes day in store on Saturday December 8th and will be collecting for NYRDA. The hot chocolate has been donated by Whittards and goodies from lots of local shops to so should be a lovely spread. Also, the profits from the sale of these Christmas jumpers will be donated to each of the 132 charities we work with. Shop in store or online: Foxy Franz Charity Jumper


Arena Surface Project - September update

With generous support from RDA National; the Aviva Community Fund and many local grant making organisations our Arena Surface Fund hit £17578 the very week in August that Andrews Bowen Ltd, official surface supplier to RDA arrived on site to install our new Propell RDA Mix surface. Full details about this project HERE. A further grant for £3000 has been confirmed taking our campaign total to £20578 and we thank all the local and national grant making organisations for supporting this important project.


Kirtlington Golf Day

48 players took part in our 2018 competition raising over £800 from the event and raffle. Thanks to the organisers and many supporters.

We have gratefully received an £80 donation from the Wychwood Folk Club Raffle


New Yatt RDA to be Charity Partner with White Stuff Witney

High street retailer White Stuff believes "it should brighten and enhance the communities where we live and work"


Under our Partnership Plan with The White Stuff Foundation, effective from the end of May they will provide financial support including amounts raised by White Stuff Witney through fundraising activities;


White Stuff will also raise awareness of our Group, collaborate and share key news and events, and encourage staff to volunteer and visit us where possible. We are very much looking forward to working with White Stuff Witney, please pop in to the store to find out more.


NYRDA 200 Club

Thanks to everyone's generosity we have sold a record 210 tickets this year which will make a profit for New Yatt RDA of £1260. The monthly prize money fund is: 1st Prize £45, 2nd Prize £25, 3rd Prize £15, 4th Prize £10 and 5th Prize £7. There will be an extra prize in the December draw of £15. Good luck to all ticket holders.


Arena Appeal

Arena Surface Appeal - £20,000 Target

We are busy fundraising to replace our indoor arena surface and buy a new harrow for future maintenance.


The work is booked for August 2018 and with generous grants received this month from the Souldern Trust and the Windrush Masonic Lodge the total raised so far is £9178.


ASDA Collection December 18th
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ASDA Collection December 18th

Our festive fundraisers collected £339.40 from the generous customers at Asda Carterton Supermarket on December 18th.


Thanks to the Store for giving us this Community opportunity and to all who supported us.






Polly Retires to The Horse Trust

Polly moved to The Horse Trust, Speen in December.


Now aged 28, she has been an exceptional NYRDA pony since 2008, helping countless riders gain confidence and independence, win rosettes in Handy Pony and Dressage competitions and learn about stable management.


She was popular with volunteers who and we are most grateful that she will receive excellent care and enjoy a leisurely life, amongst the police, military, RDA and rescue horses.




Newsletter - Autumn 2017

Our Autumn Newsletter has been published, please pick up a copy from the Tack Room

or download HERE


Aviva Community Fund

Please support our project on the Aviva Community Fund as we have applied for a £1000 grant towards the Arena Surface Fund. This is a competition and there are 380 £1k grants on offer nationwide.


Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects until 21st November. To register, please click on the link below; you will need to supply your name and email address. Each voter has 10 votes to place. Riding on an optimum surface is really important, 100+ Friends voting for NYRDA would be a great boost towards our Arena Fund total.

Alice Maclennan
Alice Maclennan




Marathon Woman

Congratulations to Alice Maclennan who completed her first Marathon in Birmingham in 4 hours 30.1 seconds raising £733.50 for our Arena Surface Fund and thanks to everyone who supported her.




Charity Ball at Witney Lakes Resort

Sarah Milloini and Amy Slater organised a fantastically glamorous Dinner and Ball at Witney Lakes Resort to raise £1600 for New Yatt RDA and The Silver Star Society (NHS Fund)



Photos by Vicky Lewis People Photographer DJ Tom James, (find him on Facebook @TJ-DJ) and Raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses.


Charity Golf Day at Kirtlington Golf Club

Eleven teams entered our first ever Golf competition, raising over £1100 for the Group from entry fees and the raffle. Special thanks to our Fundraising team for organising such a great event in a very short space of time; our hosts and to all who played, sponsored and supported this event. We aim to make it a regular fixture so please save the last Friday in September 2018



Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year 2016/17

We have received a further payment of £2171.31 from the sale of 5p plastic carrier bags in Sainsbury’s Witney during our years as Local Charity Partner, finally a tax we like!


Fundraising Roundup July 2017

An amazing £500 was raised for New RDA by the West Oxon Community Choir performing “Songs from the Shows” for an appreciative audience in Stonesfield, followed by afternoon teas. Thanks to Ruth Marshall who nominated us, organisers Laura and Dave, the choir and all the helpers who turned out to make the afternoon such a success.


The popular Country Fair & Open Day at Common Leys Farm Campus of Abingdon & Witney College is organised mainly by students who choose charities to raise money for and this year, led by Nell Hardy, they raised £222.38 for NYRDA. Thanks as ever to all who support us.


Summer Open Day June 2017

At our Summer Open Day 13 riders and 6 of our ponies took part in a Handy Pony competition – see Home page. Class 1 winner Michelle Rogers, who achieved the highest overall score of 90%, was awarded the Tamba Cup by RDA South Region Judge Moo Nowell-Smith. Class 2 winner was Julie Bennett on new recruit Betty in her first ever competition, and in Class 3 for junior riders Alex Rosenwasser also paired with Jasper was the winner.


Congratulations to all competitors, they showed great confidence and skill and thanks to all our volunteers for investing extra time invested in to prepare the riders, ponies and site. Through a great team effort we created a really enjoyable afternoon event for our riders and their guests.


Sainsburys Witney

Fundraising Roundup June 2017

Trustees Pam and Jenny were invited to Sainsbury’s Witney to receive a cheque for £4920 from their Public Relations Ambassador Lily Bancroft.


As Charity Partner 2016/17 this is the largest amount ever raised by Witney Sainsbury’s, who we thank for nominating and supporting us.


Special thanks are also due to our wonderful volunteers who turned out on 3 separate bucket shaking weekends and the generosity of customers who really value the local service we provide.


In May Chair of Trustees, Pam and Monday helper Judy set off on 4 day, 60km Sponsored Ride over a section of the Claude Duval Bridle Route from Great Barrington to Bucknell on their trusty steeds Nutmeg and Briar. They had a fabulous adventure and have raised over £1350 for the Group


Students at the Common Leys Farm Campus of Abingdon & Witney College held their Country Fair & Open Day, organised mainly by our students and opted to donate £222.38 raised to New Yatt RDA. We are currently working with YELA Equine students from A&W College and very much our relationship with them




In September we announced that New Yatt RDA was nominated as a local cause for the Co-op Local Community Fund.


The 6 month funding period ended on 8 April and we awarded a total of £3,940.01 and we say a huge “Thank you!” to the Witney Co-op members and customers who voted for us.


This money will be spent on horse care and help to subsidise our session fee for the next 6 months, which is vital to keep riding affordable for our riders. NYRDA is one of more than 4,000 causes across the UK who’ve benefitted from the Local Community Fund and are making a difference in their communities” #TheCoopWay.