Brighton Marathon Fundraiser

March 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm

Bob Howells is running the Brighton Marathon on April 14th to raise money for East Park RDA! Bob finds his job as a driving instructor too sedentary and started running to get fit. Last year he ran his first marathon, at Brighton, and this year he is going to do it all over again to raise funds for us. Bob can be sponsored via his fundraising page on BT Donate as follows: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/roberthowells1. Do please go to the page and sponsor Bob.

Sussex Wanderers’ Donation

February 4, 2019 at 4:15 pm

The kind motor enthusiasts from the Sussex Wanderers MG Car Club have been raising money for us again! Their meetings during 2018 raised a fantastic £1,000 for us, which was handed over on January 29th.

Two members braved the elements in their beautiful cars, making a perfect photo opportunity, with our star pony Liquorice getting in on the action too.

David and Ursula Griffiths organise this donation every year, and we are very grateful to them and their fellow members.

Sally O’Neill accepting the cheque from David Griffiths

Monday Riders’ Successes

February 4, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Riders from Manor Green Primary School who rode at 10.00 am in the Winter Term all successfully passed their riding and horse care Grade 1 tests.

This group of riders were an absolute delight, and worked extremely hard to learn the parts of the tack, and points of the pony.  They also learnt to guide and steer their ponies and halt on command, and then walk on as instructed.

We shall be sorry to lose this group, but wish the 6 children much success in the future.

The 6 riders from Queen Elizabeth II School who ride at 11.00 am, were all been awarded endeavour awards for various achievements.  Although not quite up to Grade 1 standard, they too worked hard to settle into the riding sessions.

Again fabulous team work from the wonderful Monday morning volunteers!

Santa at East Park RDA

February 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Santa came to Little Brook Equestrian to see our disabled riders at the end of the winter term. Here he is with one of our Monday riders:

Our Riders at the National Championships

September 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Back in May East Park qualified five riders for the RDA National Championships at Hartpury in July. Hartpury is an amazing venue and the positive atmosphere of the championships is a real example of the RDA slogan “It’s what you can do that counts”.

After some amazing fundraising by all the parents and hard practising by the pupils the team at Little Brook swung into action and prepared the three ponies for travel.  The journey was hot but uneventful and everyone arrived safely and settled into their accommodations, humans and horses alike!

Early on Saturday morning our first two riders; Orla, riding Star, and Darcy, riding Liquorice, took to the Gloucestershire hills led by Sally and Jon for an endurance ride. The ponies were checked by a vet upon setting off and again on return. They were given the choice of a one or two kilometre course and wisely, considering the heat, both chose the 1k route. The ponies behaved superbly and the event was enjoyed by all. Both ponies coped well and their heart rates barely rose which shows their fitness was excellent. Ponies were rested, unlike the humans, and little Star was bathed again to keep that wonderful clean coat sparkling white.

All of the riders were entered for the Countryside Challenge at varying times. The children individually ride a challenging course involving a number of obstacles to manoeuvre through, and around on their pony. Each child is judged on their riding skills, controlling both pace and direction of their ponies, and at the end of the day all the marks are added up for the various categories.

The results were:

Junior Countryside Challenge National Qualifiers

Lead –
4th Jasmin riding Liquorice
5th Darcy riding Liquorice

Visually Impaired Lead –
3rd Orla riding Star

Visually Impaired Lead + side walker
6th Zoe riding Star
4th Evie-Mae riding Guy

We are immensely proud of all our pupils for their hard work and effort. To qualify was exciting but for all of our riders to be placed in such esteemed company was astonishing. As with our weekly lessons, achieving this level of success is a real team effort and we are very grateful to everyone who went along to help.