Challenge Coldstream’s Christopher Lyons receives RDA certificate

Christopher Lyons from Coldstream is the first Riding for the Disabled Association participant in Edinburgh and Borders Region to successfully complete the association’s Transition Challenge certificate and he was presented with it by Magnus Moncrieff, Berwickshire active schools co- ordinator.

Two other riders, Kenneth Wilson and Carol Mercer from Duns and vaulter Sam Fisher from Greenlaw also successfully completed ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) Towards Independence level and received their certificates from Ian Brown regional vice chairman.

Thanks to Berwickshire Group volunteers Sharon Baker and Lucy Johnston-Smith, who helped everyone with their ASDAN projects.

All RDA activities have a strong learning element and can be used as an educational tool by schools and colleges. Participants not only learn a skill in riding or carriage driving, but can also engage in a number of activities that focus on literacy, numeracy or other key skills.

Every rider’s individual achievements are structured and their achievements are recognised beyond the RDA Group as their qualifications are approved by QCA, ACCAC, CCEA.

There are currently over 4000 centres registered to run ASDAN programmes in the UK, inclduing the Reston based RDA group.

RDA and ASDAN have been working together since 2005, to develop tailor made programmes and ensure that RDA activities can be used, and measured, for education gains.

There are two awards which RDA groups use: Transition Challenge - which involves RDA sessions of many activities, with riders gaining certification closely linked to National Curriculum subjects; and Towards Independence - which enables riders to gain certification for demonstrating riding skills, horse care, tack recognition, listening to instructions and much more.