Tracy and the Sussex Police come up trumps for Cranleigh RDA

PCSO Tracy Bicknell saw the recent Countryfile programme about the work of RDA groups all over the UK IMG_7285who offer riding for those with special needs.

“This prograIMG_7282mme struck a chord with me”, said Tracy, “ because I rode myself for 20 years and know what wide ranging benefits and enjoyment riding can bring. And I have a longstanding friend, Liz Fidling, who works for Cranleigh RDA, a group offering riding to adults and children with special needs who come from all over Surrey and parts of Sussex. I know how much time is given by people like my friend Liz who volunteer to deliver the service. I wanted to help them. “

As a Police Community Support Officer with Sussex Police Tracy knew of their scheme to grant donations to local projects undertaken by charitable organisations in their area. The scheme is funded from the Police Property Act Fund. Tracy’s application under the scheme to support the work of Cranleigh RDA was successful !

On Thursday 24th October Tracy visited Casi’s Farm, home of the Group, to present a cheque for £500. And whoIMG_7270 should be there to witness the presentation but Cranleigh RDA volunteers including Liz Fidling and riders from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School in Horsham who benefit on a regularbasis from riding with Cranleigh RDA.







Bellway Homes support Cranleigh RDA

Bellway South London Job: Bellway South London have donated £625 to the Riding School for the disabled Pictured: Natalie Hughes (black top) Bellway South London Sales Manager). Liz Harrison (Grey hair light blue top) Cranleigh RDA Chair and Paula Jones (Darker Blue) Surrey County Chair Horse was called. Sunny Pictures Ian Scammell

Bellway Homes, is a major UK residential property developer building widely in Surrey and the South East in recent years and currently building new houses at Little Meadow in Cranleigh.

The company like to support local community groups and charities and in July Cranleigh RDA were very pleased to receive a donation from them, to be shared equally with RDA SE Region, of £625.

For Cranleigh RDA, a self supporting, self financing charity this is a most valuable injection of funds which will go towards meeting the relentless costs of the upkeep of its premises, site and nine horses in order to deliver the charity’s aim of offering the opportunity to horse ride to many Surrey and Sussex children and adults with special needs, for their better health and well being and for fun.



Grand Opening of our New Stables – November 2018

By Clare Balding

cranleigh RDA opening oct18-194 Our riders gave a demonstration and everyone had a chance to look around our new stables and meet the riders, volunteers and of course our horses.





We are very grateful to The Cranleigh Lions Club for the Bursary Award we have received which enabled us to purchase our new mounting block.  It is in regular use and is much appreciated by all our riders and volunteers.

Cranleigh Lions Presentation Evening – 2016

We attended the presentation at Cranleigh School to receive two cheques from The Lions presented by Anne Milton (MP). The successful Lions fundraising events run during the year made the donations possible.

They have been generous supporters to us for both our Riding High Campaign and our general funds in the last year. We are very grateful for their support and thank them for their donations.



Cranleigh Lions Classic Car Show – August 2016

We are very grateful to have been chosen by The Cranleigh Lions Club to be one of the four main beneficiaries of the Classic Car Show this year – they give us wonderful support.

We had a super day, the weather was gorgeous and we had no problem keeping the tent standing this year! Our volunteers helped the Lions sell raffle tickets and programmes to a huge crowd.  Many visitors called by our tent to learn more about us, what we do and about our Riding High Campaign.

RDA Holiday – July 2016



Every summer term eight riders come to Cranleigh RDA from various other groups as part of an RDA National Riding Holiday, for three consecutive mornings to develop their riding and stable management knowledge and skills. Great fun as ever was had by all and excellent progress made. Many were very sad to say goodbye to their ‘ponies for the weekend’.

Regional Dressage Day – 24th May 2016


Region’s Dressage Day at Hickstead attracts competitors from RDA Groups across Surrey, Sussex and Kent. This year, we entered 15 riders, giving them the opportunity to ride in a competitive environment, in front of judges and a public audience. Congratulations to ten riders who were placed in their respective Dressage Classes.

Preparation involves a lot of hard work from both riders and coaches. Friends and family came to support and loads of volunteers were there to help the day run smoothly. Our Stable Manager and her team of helpers were up before 5am to get the ponies ready and turn them out in top form.