East Park RDA receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and charitable trusts to fund our activities. Each school pays a fee for the riding session, but this does not cover the costs and in addition, the group’s annual running costs such as insurance, vets fees etc. have to be paid. We aim to make up the annual shortfall by holding fundraising events and obtaining donations and sponsorship.

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Our fundraising Quiz Night on Friday 19th January raised a splendid £656.  Many thanks to Premier Bathroom Products, who donated the prize money of £50, the organisers, those who attended and the generous raffle prize donators.

Songbirds, a community Fundraising choir based in Crawley, held a Carol Concert on Saturday 9th December at St Mary’s Church, Southgate, Crawley, in aid of their three chosen charities of which we are one.  Four of our trustees attended and Sally gave short explanation about our work.  The choir sang beautifully and we all left full of the Christmas Spirit (and mulled wine)!

A Quiz Night held at the Acorns Health and Leisure Club on Wednesday 29th November raised £200 for us.  Thank you to all who participated.

The Bucket Collection at the Edenbridge & Oxted Show on Bank Holiday Monday was a great success with a total of £440 being raised.

Our volunteers judged at the Horley Lions Horse Show at the Felbridge Showground on 28th May.  The Lions generously donated £1,500 to our funds.

The annual East Grinstead Lions Donkey Derby took place on July 23rd this year at St George’s Field, East Grinstead.  The Pony Club from Little Brook Equestrian provided the jockeys for the donkeys and we received a donation of £500.

Our volunteers helped out at the Blindley Heath Heavy Horse and Country Show on 30th April and 1st May at East Bysshe Showground and we received a donation of £300.

On Easter Monday, 17th April, 2017, we took part in the London Harness Horse Parade at the South of England Showground, Ardingly.  We took our driving pony, Coke, and the Fenix carriage, driven by our Driving Coach Steve Dale.  Sally O’Neill got a new hat and was the passenger and Annie O’Neill-China will be the groom.  We won the best newcomer and a First Class award as well as two other rosettes.

Lingfield Park Racecourse kindly gave us the opportunity to fund raise at their Race Day on Good Friday, 14th April, 2017.  The racegoers dug deep and a tremendous £1335 was raised.