Ride down me­mory lane

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

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.

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