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18 June 2019

Twice as nice: Oliver Wight EAME & RDA celebrate 50th anniversary with charity sponsorship

1969 was evidently a landmark year; the world put a man on the moon, revelled at Woodstock and saw the founding of Oliver Wight. It was also the year that Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) was established and as one of Oliver Wight EAME’s long-running charity partners, we’re delighted to announce a special sponsorship for 2019, as we both celebrate our 50th anniversaries.

With nearly 500 groups all over the country, the RDA aims to enrich lives through horses, with over 25,000 disabled children and adults enjoying activities such as riding and carriage driving, and benefiting from the therapeutic – and fun – interactions with horses and ponies. Supported by 18,000 volunteers, the RDA helps individuals from all walks of life, welcoming clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, from the very young to the more senior! Everyone is welcome.

As part of our commitment to supporting charitable causes, we have had a relationship with RDA for over 8 years. This year, to commemorate 50 years for both Oliver Wight EAME and RDA, we have not only sponsored the annual RDA National Championship, but also awarded an additional special donation towards the RDA National Training Centre to help fund the building of paddocks at its new site.

The official opening ceremony for the National Training Centre took place on the 12th June 2019, with well-known horse fan, Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, overseeing its grand unveiling. As well as speaking to riders and presenting rosettes during her visit, Princess Anne emphasised the RDA’s strengths of expertise, horsemanship and its crucial role in providing help to over 25,000 disabled children and adults.

[Princess Anne greeting riders]

Also in attendance was Oliver Wight Partner Anne-Marie Kilkenny and Marketing Executive, Zowie Newman, representing Oliver Wight EAME. As well as supporting the event, they were there to visit the brand-new paddock that Oliver Wight’s donation had specifically helped to build.

Zowie Newman [L] and Anne-Marie Kilkenny [R]

[Oliver Wight EAME's plaque]

“The RDA is a hugely worthwhile charity, and we’re proud to help support its vision in enriching disabled people’s lives,” says Les Brookes, CEO of Oliver Wight EAME “We’re looking forward to continuing our special relationship with the RDA for many years to come.”

“We have had the pleasure of working with the team at Oliver Wight for many years and are hugely grateful for their continued and loyal support. The RDA National Championships is the highlight of our competition calendar and we couldn’t run the event without them,“ says Sal Atkinson, Fundraising and Events Manager. “This year is particularly special as we are both celebrating our 50th anniversary, and we are thrilled to receive the extra sponsorship for one of the paddocks at the new centre, which will make a real difference.”

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