Ride down memory lane
More than 70 people poured into Cobram Bowls Club on Thursday, October 18, to celebrate 30 years of memories with Cobram Riding for the Disabled Association.
As well as being a celebration, it was a gigantic thanks to all the people who have given so much to the centre, head coach Carol Doherty said.
‘‘It was a big thank you to the present and past volunteers, sponsors, riders, and horse suppliers because it’s a combined effort to make it all happen,’’ she said.
Mrs Doherty said the day was an opportunity for old friends to catch up, as well as to recognise the people who had the intuition to found the centre.
‘‘The real original members that all got together to start it, I actually contacted them all and they all turned up which was really nice,’’ Mrs Doherty said.
‘‘It was rather emotional actually because really, we’ve been office bearers for a long, long time, so there hasn’t been that many of us over the years. It was lovely to see them.’’
On display at the bowls club were masses of old photos and collages of horses, especially acknowledging the ones who have since died.
Mrs Doherty said the photos provided many with a trip down memory lane.
‘‘We found a lot of really old photos, so a lot of the PALS (Providing All Living Support) riders spotted themselves when they were kids which they all loved,’’ she said.
There was also a powerpoint presentation outlining the centre’s history and several speeches were made by guests.
After the big celebration, Mrs Doherty said the show would continue to roll on and said the centre must continually evolve to keep things fresh and interesting for participants.
‘‘I spoke to Sporties which gave us some funding to go a big national workshop in September and they asked what our future plans are and I told them we’d used the training they funded to start doing our own dressage which means we will be able to send our own riders to RDA competitions which will be fantastic,’’ she said.
Mrs Doherty thanked all 30 sponsors who have supported Cobram RDA.
She paid special tribute to the centre’s major sponsors, including the Lions Clubs of Cobram, Barooga, and Strathmerton, Cobram Barooga Soroptimist International, Cobram Uniting Church, Barooga Sporties, and Bendigo Bank.
Celebration: Crystal Disson and Violet Lyne enjoyed a catch up at the RDA celebration.
Great day: Darcy Dickson, Brendan Cole, Rose Elliott and her grandson Brendan.
Display: Gordon Gannon checks out the photo board full of memories.
Pioneers: Cobram RDA members who attended the first committee meeting (from left) Mick O’Neil, Rod Cavagna, Jenny Powles, Maureen Cavagna and Mervyn Powles.
Memories: It was all about reflecting on memories at the Cobram RDA 30-year celebration.
Thanks: Cobram RDA head coach Carol Doherty addresses the crowd.