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Hoofprint Gaddesden Place RDA Newsletter Spring 2016 www.gaddesdenplacerda.org.uk Enquiries Tel: 01442 246924 Published by Gaddesden Place RDA Centre - Briden's Camp, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 6EX A Private Limited Company Registered in England and Wales No: 7512961 Registered Charity No: 1140330 We have some exciting new projects this year! Firstly Vaulting is coming to Gaddesden. If you have ever seen equestrian vaulting you will understand why it is growing into a popular activity within RDA. The benefits of team work, agility, fitness, and fun make it an exciting addition to any group. See page four for more information on this and some photos of “Codey” and his training to become a vaulting horse. If all goes according to plan, by September, Gaddesden Place RDA Centre will be the first disabled vaulting group in Hertfordshire and the first in the East Region to use a real horse! Secondly, we will be introducing a new Horse Care programme on Wednesday evenings. Ask our Centre Manager, Louise Lumsden or email her at [email protected] if you are interested in signing up for this. Also, please don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Barn dance on 11th June as they are sure to sell out. Yee ha! Contact [email protected] for tickets Latest News! Codey and Tonto have both been to church! To St Mary’s Church in Redbourn to be precise. This was to help them launch us as their Charity of the Year which we hope will be rewarding, not just financially but in the form of friendships made and contacts formed. The congregation young and old certainly seemed interested to hear about our work and many came to give the ponies a pat while they mowed the churchyard grass. As you can see from the photo, it was a gorgeous spring day and the ponies seemed to enjoy their outing. ooooooOoooooo

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  • Hoofprint Gaddesden Place RDA Newsletter

    Spring 2016 www.gaddesdenplacerda.org.uk

    Enquiries Tel: 01442 246924

    Published by Gaddesden Place RDA Centre - Briden's Camp, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 6EX

    A Private Limited Company Registered in England and Wales No: 7512961

    Registered Charity No: 1140330

    We have some exciting new projects this year! Firstly Vaulting is coming to Gaddesden. If

    you have ever seen equestrian vaulting you will understand why it is growing into a popular

    activity within RDA. The benefits of team work, agility, fitness, and fun make it an exciting

    addition to any group. See page four for more information on this and some photos of

    “Codey” and his training to become a vaulting horse.

    If all goes according to plan, by September, Gaddesden Place RDA Centre will be the first

    disabled vaulting group in Hertfordshire and the first in the East Region to use a real horse!

    Secondly, we will be introducing a new Horse Care programme on Wednesday evenings.

    Ask our Centre Manager, Louise Lumsden

    or email her at [email protected]

    if you are interested in signing up for this.

    Also, please don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Barn dance on 11th June as

    they are sure to sell out. Yee ha!

    Contact [email protected] for tickets

    Latest News!

    Codey and Tonto have

    both been to church!

    To St Mary’s Church in

    Redbourn to be precise.

    This was to help them

    launch us as their Charity

    of the Year which we hope

    will be rewarding, not just

    financially but in the form

    of friendships made and

    contacts formed.

    The congregation young and old certainly seemed interested to hear about our work and

    many came to give the ponies a pat while they mowed the churchyard grass.

    As you can see from the photo, it was a gorgeous spring day and the ponies seemed to enjoy

    their outing. ooooooOoooooo

  • Term Dates

    Sat 28th

    May to Fri 3rd

    June inclusive

    Summer half term:

    (holiday rides and riding assessments during half term)

    Sat 16th

    July Last day of Summer term

    Sat 10th

    September Autumn Term: RDA restarts

    Mon 24th

    October to

    Sat 29th

    October

    inclusive

    Autumn half term:

    Sat 10th

    December Last day of term before Christmas break

    Other Dates for your Diary!

    Sun 22nd

    May -RDA Regional Competition at Oaklands College, Smallford Campus, St Albans AL4 0JA. Please let Christina Grieve know if you are able to help

    either for a couple of hours on Sat 21st May to help set up, or on the

    actual day.

    Sat 11th

    June 2016 Barn Dance £15 per person including hog roast, juice and water. Veg option available. BYOB. At Northchurch Social Centre. Tickets from

    Karen Gosen. [email protected]

    Sun 26th

    June Sponsored Ride on Gaddesden Estate. Volunteers required to marshall this event. Please contact Margaret Keith if you can help.

    Fri 15th

    to Sun 17th

    July RDA National Championships at Hartpury, Glos. GL19 3BE. More than 400 competitors and 250 horses go to this event!

    Sun 24th

    July Volunteers buffet lunch at Margaret Keith’s house. 1pm onwards. This is a “Thank you” to all our wonderful volunteers for the dedication and hard

    work throughout the year. We hope the sun shines as Margaret has one of

    the best views in the County from her garden!

    Sun 25th

    September Sponsored Ride on Gaddesden Estate. Volunteers required to marshall this event. Please contact Margaret Keith if you can help.

    Fri 7th

    October Golf Day “The Rider Cup” at Stocks Golf Club in Aldbury. £75 per head including bacon rolls to start and dinner. Contact

    [email protected] to book a place

    Sat 15th

    October Quiz night, Markyate Village Hall.

    DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Christina coaching Will Cochrane on

    Beetle and being trained by Nicky and

    Tracy from the Diamond Centre.

    Hannah Cullen a vet student on work

    experience, was roped in to help with the

    vaulting demo, with Tracy from the

    Diamond Centre giving guidance to

    Christina.

    Louise Training Codey on the

    Lunge at Gaddesden

    Two Shacks Barn vaulters

    practice their routine on the

    barrel horse with the assistance

    of Sam Gilman, whose legs are

    just visible!

    Nicky and Tracy from the Diamond

    Centre demonstrate on Beetle

    RDA Vaulting comes to Gaddesden!

    As many of you know we only have six ponies at Gaddesden Place RDA

    and options for expansion of our activities is limited by the available

    grazing. While our trustees are always interested in suggestions to reduce

    the waiting list, there were some sceptical looks when starting up a Vaulting

    group was suggested!

    The best way to understand Vaulting is to see it in action so off we went to

    visit other RDA Vaulting groups. We soon realised what a great team sport

    it is! Training a team of disabled vaulters to execute a gymnastic routine

    only requires one horse. Vaulting offers all the benefits of team work,

    agility, fitness and fun. Vaulters also learn to interact with and care for their

    horse. The other advantage, for those in mainstream school, is that sessions

    can be run after school when we hope some young and gymnastic

    volunteers will be available to help demonstrate the moves!

    “Codey” the pony, Louise, Christina, Val and Karen are being trained to

    deliver vaulting sessions and are practising by training our volunteers.

    Initially we had a couple of visits to Shacks Barn RDA Vaulting Group near

    Towcester and the Diamond Centre in Carshalton, Surrey. Then Nicky

    Sutcliffe and Tracy Glover from the Diamond Centre very kindly brought

    their vaulting pony “Beetle” to us for a training session. We have been

    practicing regularly with Codey and they were happy with his progress.

    There are plans for us to do more training over the summer term. We have

    applied for a grant to buy some more equipment and pay for Codey’s

    summer training camp with able bodied vaulters prior to beginning vaulting

    at Gaddesden in September.

    Many thanks to Sam Gilman from Shacks Barn, Jane Barker from Perry

    Group, Nicky Sutcliffe and Tracy Glover at the Diamond Centre as well as

    Marisa Bretherton-Mackay at National Office for their help, advice and the

    equipment they have lent to get us going.

    We hope to offer some taster sessions to riders who might like to join us, so

    please let Louise, our Centre Manager, know if you are interested.

  • Many Thanks to:

    Chilterns Chapter of BNI for their

    support!

    The Chilterns Chapter of Business Network International (BNI), a local business

    networking group have been raising money for Gaddesden Place RDA over the last

    year. The group, who meet weekly at Latimer House, have held a wine tasting and two members ran a half marathon.

    They presented us with a cheque for £1,000 which is much appreciated.

    Oscar (wearing his

    new hat made by

    the Christmas

    knitters) studies his

    Grade 1 Riding

    Cert with coach

    Christina.

    Grade One Riding Aoife Keaveney

    David Grigoire

    L J Winzar

    Oscar Gray

    Felicity Loria

    Gabriel Aspart

    Lara Crawley

    Adam Fendrich

    Liberty Proctor

    Iqra Hussain

    Jahrel Kerr

    Amy Johnson

    Max Markowski

    Rebekah Warner

    Grade One Horse Care Felicity Loria

    Gabriel Aspart

    Lara Crawley

    Rebekah Warner

    Grade Two Riding Samantha Wilson Luke Kingsman

    Grade Two Horse Care Samantha Wilson Luke Kingsman

    Grade Four Horse Care Jack Eldridge

    Endeavour Award Sebastein Clewlow

    Aoife and her Mum

    LJ with his Mum

    David with his Father

    Coach Julie Wilcox and

    Jack Eldridge

    Sun 22nd May???

    Are you free??? The RDA Regional Competition needs you! Oaklands College in St Albans is the venue. If you can help please tell

    Christina Grieve or email

    [email protected] Tasks are varied and the day is not only worthwhile but fun. Your help will be much appreciated by all involved.

  • Sandra began volunteering for RDA eight years ago. She

    had been thinking about joining the Chiltern District RDA

    Group for a while, and when she heard we were merging

    with Gaddesden Place RDA she decided that was the time to

    come along.

    Having her own ponies meant Sandra was a natural, and

    she fitted in to the Wednesday morning session beautifully.

    A quiet and self- effacing person, Sandra was the ideal

    helper. She was happy to handle the trickiest horse, which

    soon settled in her capable hands, whilst being kind and

    empathetic to her riders.

    Sandra’s sudden illness took everyone by surprise, but she

    kept in touch from her hospital bed, where she was

    obviously missing (as she put it) “all her furry friends”.

    Her loss is considerable, as has been evident from the large

    sum raised in her memory, to date over £800. On a personal

    level, I miss seeing her with her husband David walking

    over Whipsnade Common in the early mornings to tend

    their ponies, and then again at the end of the day; a truly

    devoted couple.

    Sandra is also missed at Dunstable Sainsbury’s , where I

    still expect to see her giving a wave from the tills, or busy

    on supervising duty… Hilary Fox, Volunteer and friend

    In the summer of 2013, Sandra and her husband very kindly gave up one Sunday to take Bramble in their trailer to a

    local show at Toddington where Beaky, one of our volunteers and trainee coaches, jumped him in the local

    competition there. Bramble was very well behaved and they came home with a 4th rosette. Bramble loved his outing

    and this would not have been possible without the generosity of Sandra and her husband. Sandra was a great help to

    Beaky on that day, offering her sound knowledge and advice. I will always remember Sandra for this and her lovely

    smile! Cathy Bolshaw, Chairman and RDA Coach

    (Editor note-Funds raised in memory of Sandra have been used to purchase a special supportive saddle for very

    small riders as well as a wooden bridge and some nesting boxes to put in our new Sensory Garden, where riders

    may be lucky enough to spot wild birds, which we know Sandra loved.)

    Sandra Watson 1944-2016

    Many thanks to Students from UTC Watford for their support!

    UTC Watford is a University Technical college which specialises in Event Management. Students Erica Gosen and amy Jourdan organised a 1950's diner event as part of their Travel, Tourism and Event Management course. Their hard work raised £300 for Gaddesden Place RDA but it looks as though they had some fun too!

    ooooOoooo

    Emma Loveland, Principal of Watford UTC said: "It is excellent practical experience for our students to put the skills they are learning here into practice at a public event. They organised the event from start to finish, from its overall promotion, to hosting on the day".

  • Here are Karen and Rebecca

    suitably dressed for

    a Christmas collection!

    Sainsbury

    collection on 21st

    December 2015

    raised £763

    and the

    Easter collection

    raised £430 Many thanks to all

    volunteers who gave up

    their time to help us and

    also to Sainsbury at

    Apsley for their

    continued support.

    Thank you to the Christmas knitters!

    Some lovely things were knitted prior to Xmas to raise funds including hats, scarves and even some tinselly hedgehogs. Grateful recipient Libby Grieve with her Christmas present which she takes to bed with her most nights.

    Anna says her mum is an ‘avid quilter’ and the quilt took a few months to make. It travelled with Jan between the UK and the US whilst being completed. It is completely made by hand, no machine stitching in sight! The picture shows the quilt on a king size bed (dimensions are 220cmsx190cms) and is a truly unique, one off piece.

    If you would like to bid for this beautiful quilt, please email

    [email protected] with the subject “Quilt” and your bid.

    Many stitches in time…… We have a unique hand-made horse themed quilt to auction which has been painstakingly made by Jan Sapte, the mother of one of our volunteers, Anna. Jan has very generously donated the quilt to us with all the proceeds going entirely to Gaddesden Place RDA.

    Silly hats, daft jumpers, elves and Santa?

    It must have been Christmas week

    at Gaddesden!

  • Gwen (Wednesday Coach) writes a Tribute to Paddy Thirteen years ago I took home a huge pet from Gaddesden Place RDA - a piebald

    Irish cob (crossed with a bulldozer) who was showing signs of arthritis so could no

    longer be used for lessons.

    Paddy had a huge character backed up with the sweetest nature, and I had so

    much fun with him over the years. He enjoyed a walk down the lane with the dog,

    loved a fuss and a bath - but the thing he loved even more than polos was a roll in

    the mud!I made a promise to the trustees that I would look after him - and with

    the help of the vet and a very patient farrier who Paddy would sit on at every visit,

    keep Paddy as comfortable as possible - and to love him until the end of his days.

    That sad day came on April 5th, and I had to say goodbye to him at the top of his

    field where the wild daffodils were flowering. It was the last kind thing I could do

    for him. Rest in peace Padster- you are a star!

    The Gaddesden Place Fire! The Gaddesden Place Fire! The Gaddesden Place Fire! The Gaddesden Place Fire! While searching for our website one day ( www.gaddesdenplacerda.org.uk ) I pressed a wrong button and

    found myself bidding for an item on ebay! As you can see below, I became the owner of a tatty postcard of

    “Fire at Gaddesden Place”. Evidently, this was a big event in 1905, as big as Buncefield was a hundred

    years later. There was no telephone and the local fire brigade was in its infancy. One of the estate workers

    had to gallop on horseback the three miles to Hemel Hempstead to raise the alarm. A horse drawn manual

    water pump was despatched which arrived an hour and a half later. No text messaging in those days!

    The hilltop location of the house meant that water had to be pumped up from the River Gade but the

    pump and pipes could not maintain the pressure required and estate workers had to form a human chain

    from the river to haul water up the slope.

    Staff were all evacuated safely and estate workers managed to remove many valuable items such as

    paintings, antiques and the wine collection. Apparently the following day, hundreds of people came to

    survey the smoking ruins. The butler, fearing the crowds might begin looting began to return the wine to

    the undamaged cellar with the assistance of a footman.

    Unfortunately a wall of red hot bricks collapsed, killing the butler and trapping the poor footman who later

    died of his burns. It appears an enterprising photographer in Berkhamsted quickly began to sell postcards

    judging by the message on the reverse dated only a few days later, which tells the addressee in High

    Wycombe she will write at length soon.

    Some good did come out of the tragedy because money was raised to build a modern fire station in Hemel

    Hempstead with better equipment.

  • And Have Fun!

    Gillian being hoisted off the

    wheelchair ramp

    Do you know the main Objectives of Riding for the

    Disabled???

    They are to deliver opportunities for;

    • Therapy

    • Achievement

    • Physical Activity and enjoyment

    To fulfil these objectives the Gaddesden volunteers and

    coaches train continuously to improve standards. Over the

    past year, volunteers attended training at Oaklands College in

    St Albans as well as “in house”. Coaches attended training at

    Digswell Place RDA and also medical conditions training

    organised by our County Coach. Staff have had training at

    National level. All coaches have First Aid and Safeguarding

    certificates where required and are regularly reviewed. The

    team works hard to deliver a high quality experience.

    RDA gives individuals the opportunity to;

    • Reach therapeutic goals

    • Achieve their personal ambitions

    • Combat social isolation

    • Develop life skills

    • Experience the outdoors

    • Connect with animals

    Many thanks to the

    team from TUI Luton!

    Over Easter, a team from TUI Luton volunteered to help with some much needed maintenance. TUI is part of the international travel group which includes brands such as Thompson, First Choice, Falcon, Hayes and Jarvis, Sunsail, Austravel and Crystal Ski holidays. The team painted part of our Indoor School which was in dire need of some TLC!

    The wooden boards which line the arena are subject to a great deal of wear and tear. Sand from the arena surface is one problem. Another is the moisture from the overhead sprinkler system, which is used to lay the dust and keep the working surface soft. These quickly eat away at the wooden boards. Regular maintenance by painting with a preserving paint helps to prevent rot and extends the life of the school. We are really pleased with our smart painted boards. Thanks to Team TUI and hope the paint came off easily!

  • Behind the scenes...... A day in the life of Pete the Farrier

    Pete has been making sure the Gaddesden pony’s shoes are at their best for the past 25 years.

    On a bright sunny day in April Hoofprint went to the yard armed with coffee and hot cross buns to watch

    him work and ask him some questions.

    How long have you been

    a farrier? Pete started an

    apprenticeship when he

    was 16 and has been

    working as a farrier ever

    since. We didn't ask him

    how long that is! Today

    the apprenticeship to be a

    farrier is 4 years.

    How do you know

    which size of shoe is

    right for the pony?

    The size of shoe required

    depends on the size and

    weight of the pony and is

    measured beforehand.

    What are horseshoes

    made of?

    Horseshoes are usually

    made of mild steel as

    these are very strong

    and durable. However,

    race horses have shoes

    that are made of

    aluminium which are

    much lighter (otherwise

    it would be like Usain

    Bolt running in wellies!)

    How often do horses

    need their shoes

    replacing? Usually every 6 weeks

    but this will depend on

    how much work the

    horse is doing.

    How long does it take to

    shoe a pony?

    “It's all in the

    preparation” said Pete,

    but generally 40-50

    minutes per pony.

    Make sure the pony has a

    hay net to distract it!

    Size the shoe, Take off the

    existing shoe.

    Pare the wall of the hoof

    back - making sure the

    hoof is symmetrical on

    both sides using a rasp to

    trim and smooth the hoof

    Fit and nail the new shoe

    make sure the clenches

    (ends of the nails) are flat

    and secure.

    You can see that

    Bramble looks very

    relaxed and doesn’t mind

    his shoe fittings at all.

    Pete also showed us how to make and shape a horse shoe using a

    furnace which involves a lot of skill.

    Thank you Pete for keeping our Ponies' hooves in top

    condition!

  • Can you help? We need auction prizes for our Charity Golf Day on Friday 7

    th October. This will

    be our biggest fundraiser for 2016 and the auction is a very important feature of

    the day. Several prestigious companies have already offered support including

    Champneys and The Good Housekeeping Institute but we will need many more

    pledges to make the day a success. If you can donate an experience, or a lovely

    treat as a prize, please email Karen Gosen :

    [email protected]