Rid­ing char­ity cel­e­brates 2012

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Welling­ton Rid­ing for the Dis­abled saw 2012 off in style with a party last month, ac­knowl­edg­ing ac­com­plish­ments of the rid­ers, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers.

The char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion has been op­er­at­ing since 1974, pro­vid­ing horse-rid­ing ther­apy for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

It is based within the grounds of the old Porirua Hospi­tal.

On De­cem­ber 15, more than 150 guests at­tended a day of per­fect weather, great food and fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion, man­ager Toni Gray said.

Welling­ton mayor Celia Wade-Brown, re­gional coun­cil­lors Jenny Brash and Bar­bara Don­ald­son, Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health board mem­ber Mar­garet Faulkner, pa­tron Mary Moun­tier and foun­da­tion sup­port­ers Mahu Wi­neera, Diana and Peter Standen and Rob Mayo were among those present.

Along with cer­tifi­cates to long- serv­ing vol­un­teers, an­nual awards were dished out.

Matt Brooks was named out­stand­ing vol­un­teer, most im­proved vol­un­teer was Rachel Kes­sell, rider of the year was Iso­bel Caf­frey, and most im­proved rider was James Ver­haart.

The Kennedy Turner Tro­phy for the rider who showed re­silience, de­ter­mi­na­tion and at­ti­tude was won by Joshua Wong.

Fun­ders such as Pub Char­ity, NZCT, Mana Com­mu­nity Grants and Ro­tary were ac­knowl­edged, along with grounds­man Mal Fyfe, con­trac­tor Kevin Wharfe and odd-job blokes Rob Lane and Mur­ray Chap­man.

Ms Gray says 2012 was a year of achieve­ment for Welling­ton RDA, with their win in the Porirua sec­tion of the Welling­ton Air­port Awards for sport and leisure and be­ing a fi­nal­ist in the Porirua Busi­ness Awards.

‘‘ We pub­lished the first an­no­tated bib­li­og­ra­phy in New Zealand on horse-re­lated ther­apy for peo­ple with dis- abil­i­ties in part­ner­ship with Vic­to­ria Univer­sity and we added three new horses to our team – Mag­num, Hamish and Tiki.

‘‘We con­tinue our suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with Aro­hata Women’s Prison, pro­vid­ing vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­lease- ready in­mates. Our rid­ers com­peted at a num­ber of events in­clud­ing the Marl­bor­ough Games Day, Napier Dres­sage Day and the first com­bined Hutt Val­ley/ Welling­ton RDA Games Day.

‘‘At the end of the day it’s all about our rid­ers – while the in­puts are sub­stan­tial from vol­un­teers, sup­port­ers and par­ents, the out­comes make it so worth­while.’’

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