We are operating a phased return to what will be ‘our’ new normal.
Currently we are limited to a Coach teaching 4 riders a day. With social distancing in place, we also require someone from the rider’s household to assist with mounting/dismounting and leading if the rider is not capable of doing this themselves. We will not be able use our volunteers to do these tasks until the 2 metre distance rule is relaxed. This means that not all of our riders are able to return at this time nor are we able to do pre riding assessments for new RDA riders.
We are now able to offer lessons to Non disabled riders particlularly ones that can ride independently.
I will post further updates as and when there are changes.
This is a difficult time for everyone involved with our charity, as we adapt to new procedures, so your patience would be very much appreciated.
Stuart Brown (Trustee).
Monday 10th February 2020
A big thank you to Susan Doogan who delivered an excellent session on ADHD to us today. She explained the condition, made us aware of the symptoms and offered helpful strategies so that we can offer our ADHD participants a positive experience during their time with us.
Training sessions like this are very important to us as we try to learn as much as possible about each disability we encounter.
We look forward to delivering riding and horse care sessions to Saints in the Community' Trust's ADHD project over the course of this year.
Looking for manure for your garden? With 18 horses/ponies we have plenty here!
Fill up your bag/s or trailer and make a donation to our charity. Give us a quick call on 01738 630040 before you come up, just to make sure we are open and we can give you directions.
FINN SPREADS THE WORD
The annual Tuppence Cameron Charity golf day was held at Blair Atholl last August and Kinfauns Stables riding for the disabled were their nominated charity for 2019. We were absolutely astounded to be told that their efforts raised £1,650.00 for us at the time. We really can’t thank them enough for doing this. Finn Bloice, who has been coming for therapy to us since we opened, was in attendance on the day and spent time talking to guests about the benefits and joy he gets from being involved with Kinfauns RDA. Alison Critten of CNR International in Aberdeen was so touched with what he had to say that she returned home and spoke about it to her colleagues and as a result, last month, she sent Finn a cheque for £300.00 to present to us.
Here is a picture of Finn handing over the cheque to Stuart watched by ‘Ted’ and our Volunteer Ciara. Many thanks to Finn, the Bloice family and Keith & Maureen Walker for all their efforts in making this such a successful fundraising event.
THE HUDDLE COMMUNITY CAFE DONATION
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HUDDLE COMMUNITY CAFÉ IN KINROSSIE RECENTLY VISITED KINFAUNS RIDING FOR THE DISABLED TO HAND OVER A DONATION OF £180.75 WHICH WAS RAISED AT A COFFEE MORNING.
THEY DECIDED TO DO THIS IN MEMORY OF CHRISTINE STRATHIE, ONE OF THEIR MEMBERS WHO SADLY PASSED AWAY LAST AUTUMN. CHRISTINE WAS AN AVID SUPPORTER OF OUR CHARITY AS SHE SAW THE MANY BENEFITS IT GAVE TO OUR SERVICE USERS.
PICTURED IS CHRISTINE'S DAUGHTER ROBYN HANDING OVER THE CHEQUE TO STUART AND WATCHED BY SOME MEMBERS OF THE HUDDLE COMMUNITY CAFE GROUP.
A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEW PONY POPPY.
SHE IS 8 YEARS OLD AND 14.4HH. SHE JOINED US IN EARLY DECEMBER 2019 AND WAS INTRODUCED INTO LESSONS IN JANUARY AFTER SHE COMPLETED HER TRAINING.
SHE IS VERY BIDDABLE AND SURE TO BE A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR EQUINE TEAM
FANTASTIC FUNDRAISING EFFORT
We were delighted to receive a cheque from Margaret Stewart school of dance for £522, Sarah, one of our coaches and Ciara, one of our riders who attend the dance school put on a wonderful end of show and presentation.Pictured left is Sarah and Ciara and on the right is Margaret and Sarah handing over the cheque to Angie. Many thanks to all involved in raising this amazing amount!!
We held dressage tests for some of our RDA groups. Very well done to our riders today, We have been working hard on a dressage test and all the riders were awarded with a rosette as they did very well, Big thank you to Elaine Young for coming along and being our judge.
CHARITY RACE NIGHT SAT 9th NOVEMBER 2019
We are absolutely delighted to announce that our race night raised an awesome total of £1,850.00.
Special thanks to to our race and prize sponsors -
Phoenix Group, Standard Life...
Yorkes of Dundee Ltd
The Aladdin Indian takeaway
Supernatural Soaps and Skincare
Thank you to all the businesses and individuals that donated prizes for our raffle.
A huge thank you to all that attended on the evening to make it such a memorable night.
Thank you to our Fundraising Coordinator Charlene Meldrum, who unfortunately couldn't make it on the night due to illness. She did all the hard work getting race sponsors, raffle donations and promoting the evening.
Thank you to everybody that 'bought' horses for the evening and to our volunteers that helped out on the night to make the event run smoothly.
RESULTS - RACE WINNERS
race 1 - Kicking Up a Storm - owner Karen Brown
race 2 - Frank Ley-Awful - owner Stuart Brown
race 3 - Spirit Time - owner Kelly Service
race 4 - Doctor Hooves - owner Ann McLean
race 5 - Jumping Jack - owner Reece Napier
race 6 - Dastardly Dangerous Dave - owner Dave Nicol.
All Owners and Jockeys received a prize.
FRIDAY 30th AUGUST 2019
Thank you so much to all those that attended our fundraising Quiz night and for your kind donations for the raffle.
A sell out 20 teams took part and bought raffle tickets and we are delighted to announce that the final sum raised was £703.00.
Many thanks to Charlene Meldrum for providing us with such an enjoyable Quiz and to St Johnstone FC for the facilities.
The winning team was TIMBER SPURTLE and the wooden spoons went to 'FOUR FRIENDS'.
After hearing what we raised, Yorkes of Dundee donated £300.00 to make this fundraiser up to £1,000.00. What a fantastic gesture from them.
A big thank you to Howdens joinery who gave us a donation of £250.00. We really appreciate this type of support from the business community.
Sally from Howdens presents the cheque to Angie and Stuart.
WELL EARNED AWARDS
Our group from Kinnoull Day Opportunities recently received endeavour awards for their developing skills in horse riding and horse care.
As you can see by their faces this means so much to them and it is exteremly rewarding for us to see them enjoying themselves and learn new skills at the same time. Not only does this have a physical benefit to these participants but it also improves their confidence and self esteem. Well done lads you worked hard and deserve this reward.
SUCH A SWEET LADY
Let us introduce Honey. She is a 9 year old Comtois horse. Having spent a few weeks with us in training she is now taking part in lessons.
Honey is an ideal replacement for Rowan who left us, for pastures new, a few months ago.
A big thank you to the Woodenspoon Trust for their assistance with funding.
VOLUNTEER FRIENDLY AWARD
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved our Volunteer Friendly Award. This is awarded for excellence in volunteer management. This is a result of a year and a half working together with PKAVS Third Interface learning and implementing best practices to provide every volunteer with a fun positive experience and ensure they have the opportunity to learn new skills & achieve personal development plans. At this point We would like to say a massive thank you to all our super volunteers, without whom we could not operate at the level we do. Pictured right is Elaine Rimmer from PKAVS presenting us with the award.
A big thank you to Errol Pub for having one of our collecting tins on their counter. Olivia & Nathan, who enjoy riding for the disabled lessons with us, handed in a tin recently as their mum works in the pub. It contained £65.70. We are so grateful to their customers for donating to our charity. If you would like to help us with a charity tin please call our office.
Our charity tins are also in the following premises;
Salutation Hotel, Perth.
Anderson Hairdressers, Perth.
Yorkes Butchers, Dundee.
Excel Wines, Perth.
Fair City vet group,Perth.
DEAN USES HIS OWN HORSE POWER
Dean Brown's niece Amelia does riding with us and he has seen the benefits to her. He decided to challenge himself recently by running the Edinburgh Half Marathon and raise funds for us at the same time. He succesfully completed his run and raised a fantastic £820.00 for Kinfauns RDA. Well done Dean, we are so grateful to you for doing this. In the picture, Dean and Amelia (on the horses) present us with the money and, in return, received a big thank you from the kids in one of the Saturday morning riding groups.
50 YEARS OF RDA IN UK
Katie Jamieson and Stuart Brown represented Kinfauns riding for the disabled at the celebration evening in Edinburgh to mark 50 years of RDA in the UK. They met Princess Anne and people from other RDAs in Scotland.
The Princess Royal is very passionate in her job as president and they had an interesting talk with her. As she was leaving their group she asked Stuart - are you still using the racehorse? Anyone that attended our centre's official opening will know it was two and a half years ago and she clearly remembered her visit and Jack! Considering the amount of visits and people she meets each year that was impressive.
CAFE WEEK OF ACCESS - 27th MARCH 2019
St Johnstone FC celebrated Centre for Access to Football in Europe at McDiarmid Park for the St Mirren game on the 27th March. As a local disability organisation Kinfauns Riding for the Disabled was invited to bring along four of our participants to take part in inclusive match day activities. Cameron Robertson helped out with the 50-50 draw selling and Lauren Taylor was a ball person for the evening. Scott Ritchie and Scott Philips were player escorts and got to have a kick about on the pitch before leading the players out at the beginning of the match. Everyone that took part thoroughly enjoyed the experience so we would like to say a massive thank you to St Johnstone FC for giving our 4 particpants an unforgettable opportunity. Bev Mayer is the club's disablility access officer who understands there can be barriers faced by some fans. Should you have a child with additional support needs and have considered taking them to a game, but are concerned about access or other matters please give her a call on 01738 459090.
VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR
We are delighted to announce that Charlene Meldrum has joined us on a volunteer basis as our fundraising co-ordinator. As you all know we are self funding so raising money on top of our paid lessons is essential. Charlene has lots of previous experience running fundraising events and doing funding applications and is ready to explore other possible revenue streams. We are so lucky to have other volunteers that have contributed so much to our fundraising efforts and Charlene is looking forward to their continued involvement as part of a new fundraising group.
SAY HELLO AND WAVE GOODBYE
We are extremely happy to introduce our newest addition to the team. Ted (pictured below left) is a gentle, easy going horse and will be a fantastic assest to our RDA. We are delighted that his previous owner has come to volunteer with us too. We have said goodbye to Rowan (pictured below right). We recognised that she was getting unhappy doing RDA work and felt it was best if she went to a good home which allowed her to do other things.Her new home is local so we will be able to keep in touch. We can't thank this horse enough for the pleasure and benefit she has given to so many of our participants.
NORTH GROVE CARE HOME VISIT
We were delighted to welcome some residents from North Grove Care Home for a visit. Activities Coordinator Susan Duval said it was a great outing for these individuals who have dementia. The residents got up close and personal with some of our ponies, then watched a RDA class sitting in the comfort of the viewing room, then finished off the visit with tea and biscuits.They left us a donation which was so kind of them.We look forward to receiving further visits in the future.
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Looking for a birthday present idea? Why not purchase a gift voucher from us which can be redeemed towards the cost of any riding activity or merchandise at Kinfauns Stables.
We have pony rides, riding lessons, holiday club spaces,
T shirts, hoodies, and beanie hats to choose from.
Payment by cash or cheque only. Sorry we cannot take card payments.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES at KINFAUNS STABLES RDA
People choose to volunteer with us for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge working with ponies and/or disabled particpants.
We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with our lessons Tuesday to Friday 4-5pm. Any time you can commit is valued no matter how short. No experience necessary as training will be given
If you have office experience, IT skills or are familiar with funding applications we would also be delighted to hear from you.
As a self funding charity we rely so much on volunteers to operate our services.
FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO APPLY PLEASE GO TO OUR VOLUNTEER SECTION.
DONATIONS FROM A COUPLE OF OUR RIDERS
The civil service club held a quiz recently and it was won by Mike Courcha and his team. They had to choose a charity to receive their winnings and they decided to give the £250 prize money to kinfauns RDA, Mike's daughter Cara who rides with us is pictured presenting the money to Stuart & Jayboy! A big thank you to all involved
Gregor, who rides with us on a Tuesday morning, and his family had been saving up 2p and 1p coins over a period of time. Gregor was delighted to present us with £34.86. We really appreciate you all doing this for us. Thank you.
SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
The safety and welfare of our disabled children and vulnerable adults is one of our top priorities and we are pleased to announce that our Coaches Angie, Gemma, Stuart, Alison and Sue have recently attended a Sports Coach UK course and achieved their Safeguarding and Child Protection Level I certification. All coaches affiliated to the RDA from assistant level and above should hold this qualification.
Angie, Gemma and Stuart have also attended the Children 1st- In Safe Hands course which is required for those acting as a child protection officers within the organisation.
Five members of staff from house builders G S Brown Construction Ltd decided to take part in the Dundee Kilt Walk, and raise money for Kinfauns Stables RDA, and we are really grateful to them for doing so. They raised £249.67 and the Hunter foundation kindly gave a 40% top up which amounted to another £99.87. If that wasn't enough there was cash donations received after the event to the sum of £35.00. This gave a grand total of £384.54. Well done to everyone who took part. Thank you so much from all of us.