Father Christmas Visits East Park RDA

December 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

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At our December Fun Day, we had a surprise visit from Father Christmas, accompanied by an elf and one of the Lions from East Grinstead.  All the children enjoyed a short riding session and were then delighted to meet Father Christmas and his friends.  Our thanks go to East Grinstead Lions for arranging for Father Christmas to visit.

Dame Judi’s racehorse retires to Little Brook

November 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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Dame Judi Dench has gifted her much loved racehorse, Smokey Oakey, to the owners of Little Brook Equestrian Centre in Surrey – home of East Park RDA, of which Dame Judi is Patron. 9 year old Smokey, who is also owned by Bryan Agar and trainer Mark Tompkins, will be retrained at Little Brook, where his new owners hope he might one day provide riding as therapy for RDA.

“Smokey is a very special horse, with so much still to give, who deserves the chance to live his new life to the full,” says Dame Judi. “I know that he will be much loved at Littlebrook and will receive the patient care and retraining he needs to help him reach his potential away from the racecourse. Having witnessed first-hand the difference that horses and ponies can make to the lives of disabled children and adults through the work of RDA, it would be wonderful to think that Smokey might be a suitable horse for riders at East Park.”

Smokey’s new owner, Sally-Anne O’Neill, who helps to run East Park RDA and is also County Instructor, Regional Showjumping Coach and Chair of the Showjumping Committee for RDA UK is already planning a bright future for him at Littlebrook: “Smokey is a wonderful horse, with a particularly good temperament. We are delighted that Judi has chosen Littlebrook for Smokey’s new life and of course it would be a real bonus if he becomes suitable for our RDA riders or showjumpers.”

Horley Lions donate £600 from Donkey Derby BBQ

November 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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Horley Lions Club have kindly donated £600 from the proceeds of a BBQ that they organised at the East Grinstead Lions Donkey Derby.  Little Brook Equestrian’s Pony Club Group provided the jockeys for the races.

Donation from East Grinstead Lions Donkey Derby

October 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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East Grinstead and District Lions held a Donkey Derby in August, but were short of Jockeys.  In stepped Little Brook Equestrian and their Pony Club riders, seven of whom volunteered to ride the donkeys for a day.  They had a very jolly day, and in return East Grinstead Lions very kindly made a donation of £500 to East Park RDA.

Another Generous Donation

October 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm

We were delighted to receive a donation from one of Little Brook Equestrian’s clients, Graham Keetley, of As Good As New (Sussex) Ltd.  Graham kindly gave us £300 as an end of year donation towards our running costs from his company.  Graham also acts as our photographer at events, and many of the photos on this site were taken by him.