FIRST AID TRAINING
We are pleased to announce that our coaches Angie, Gemma, Stuart, Sarah, Rosie and volunteer coordinator Karen have all passed their first aid training and have received their certificates. A big thank you to Ian Dargie from training4life for running this course in a safe and efficient manner. We would hignly recommend this company for first aid training. In these difficult times this training is permitted and essential for RDA compliance. After an hour sitting in our viewing room with doors and windows wide open we discovered it was warmer in the sunshine so stayed outside for the rest of the day!
KINFAUNS STABLES RIDING FOR THE DISABLED (GESBY CHARITY)
If you shop with amazon we would be delighted if you made your purchases through AmazonSmile and chose the Gesby Charity to receive donations. The Gesby Charity runs Kinfauns Stables Riding for the disabled and our horses and service users would appreciate the extra help at this time.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Kinfauns riding for the disabled (run by the Gesby Charity) every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping App for iOS and Android phones. When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to Kinfauns Riding for the disabled.
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under ‘settings’ on your app). On your browser, you may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.co.uk to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. When you’re using the app, always check for the “AmazonSmile” logo to ensure you’re activated for AmazonSmile.
You use the same account on amazon.co.uk and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, VAT, and service charges, and less any rebates, returns, and bad debt. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organisations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.
JIMMIE CAIRNCROSS CHARITABLE TRUST
Having incurred the extra financial burden due to the extra covid products that we need to use for cleaning and sanitising , we looked to see if a charitable trust would help us with these costs. We are delighted to report that we were successful with a applictaion to the Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust and they have given us a grant of £750.00.
This is so much appreciated as we aim to keep everyone safe.
Here are pictures of our new printed clothing. Big thanks to Ollie for being our model.
There is a choice of 2 logos either Kinfauns Stables Perth or Kinfauns Stables Riding for the Disabled. For a small additional cost you could also get your name put on the item.
POLO SHIRT IN ROYAL BLUE WITH A CHOICE OF EMBROIDERED LOGO.
Sizes age 5/6 28”, 7/8 30”, 9/11 32”, 12/13 34”
Adult - £14.50 (incl VAT)
Sizes S 35/37”, M 38/40”, L 41”, XL 44/46”
ZOODIE IN ROYAL BLUE WITH A CHOICE OF EMBROIDERED LOGO.
Sizes 5/6 28”, 7/8 30”, 9/11 32”, 12/13 34”
Adult £25.00 (incl VAT)
Sizes S 36”, M 40”, L 44”, XL 48”
We have kept the colours the same as the previous merchandise so you could wear either. As we took the decision to personalise the products, we will not be carrying stock and instead working on an order basis only. To order - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office. 01738 630040.
A big thank you to Howdens joinery who gave us a donation of £250.00. We really appreciate this type of help from the business community.
At a time where so many charities are looking for financial assistance, we are so grateful to be one of five local charities to be chosen by the Perth store staff to receive a donation.
Sally from Howdens presents the cheque to Stuart. (at a social distance of course).
PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE OF PERTHSHIRE EAST
We were delighted to host a visit from some members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire. Each year they do wonderful work raising money for 10 local charities and we have been so grateful to be chosen as one of the recipients. In the past, we have attended a social event at their premises but with covid measures this was not possible this year.
We would usually give a talk on our work but this year it was nice for them to watch a class and see what their donation does first hand. At the end of the visit, they presented a cheque for £500.00.
Thank you for your continued support.
Heather (one of our autistic riders) wanted to do something for us during these difficult times as well as for her other 2 favourite charities PAS and Ace Gymnastics. We were delighted when Heather's mum offered to run a charity shop for us.
The shop in Coupar Angus was open for a week in December.
Thank you so much to her mum Jacqui and all their helpers for raising £1,700 for us.
EQUIEXCHANGE ART COMPETITION
Susan from equiexchange asked us if we could get some of our disabled participants to draw a picture and write on it a few words about why they liked coming to Kinfauns Riding for the Disabled.
She wanted to display them in her shop as she continues to raise money for our charity. We decided to do this as a wee competition but we have to say all the entries were brilliant.
Alba was delighted to win the under 8 years age group.
HORSE CARE CERTIFICATES
Leo and Jack have passed their RDA grade 2 horse care proficiency test and Euan has passed his RDA grade 1 horse care. To pass they identified parts of the horse and tack, markings and colours of horses and items found in a grooming kit.
Well done lads.
WE ARE EGGSTREMELY GRATEFUL
A big thank you to Anne and Colin McEwen for their donation of £250.00. They raised the money by selling their free range eggs with the profit coming to Kinfauns RDA.
Their continuous support is so much appreciated.
A big thank you to Susan Doogan who delivered an excellent session on ADHD to us. 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 as soon as it is safe to do so.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
polo Shirts, zoodies and beanie hats to choose from.
Payment by cash, cheque or by paypal.me/KinfaunsRDA. Sorry we do not have the facility to accept 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.