With no ponies and horses there would be no South Bucks RDA Group.
Horses and ponies are very expensive to purchase, as well as to keep and look after. We, however, have often been in the very fortunate position of having being given suitable horses and ponies. Some have come to the Group on permanent or temporary loan – and, in some cases, we have been given monies with which to buy them.
Our horses and ponies are all very different shapes and sizes, and come in all colours (including ones which seem to be grass-stained and muddy, no matter how often they’re groomed and bathed). From our smallest pony, to one of our international standard dressage horses, however, they all share something special…
…the willingness to work with riders and drivers of all abilities.
With this essential RDA foundation in place, we build on our horses’ and ponies’ keen and good-natured temperament with regular and progressive schooling. By ensuring our horses and ponies enjoy interesting and varied work, they pay us back fully, by allowing us to offer high-quality professional tuition, to help our riders and drivers move towards meeting their own goals.
Our excellent ponies and horses are one of our key assets – as well as being much-loved four-legged friends.
Horses and Ponies Currently working at South Bucks RDA
Forrester:(Millersford Forrester) Born 1993, Gelding, 13.2 hh ChestnutNew Forest Pony
Owned by : SBRDA
Joined the group in 1999.
Forrester is a firm favourite with all who ride him. He was the first pony at SBRDA that Sophie Christiansen OBE and Natasha Baker MBE paralympic medalists competed on at National Competition level. He is at home with both dressage and countryside challenge activities.
Pieces: (Kingsley Master Piece) born 1996 15.2 hh Bay Dutch Warmblood Gelding
Owned by: Clive Milkins
Joined the group in 2002.
Pieces has in his earlier life been used as a school master for the more advanced riders. He is now taking things more quietly.
Robin (Rebeen Red Robin) born: 1988 14.4 Bay Gelding
Joined the group in 2014 when Southlands RDA closed. In 2016 he was lent to a Guatemalan rider for international dressage.
In 2017 he won with rider Jamie Winduss the RDA National Championship Grade 1 dressage.
Also with Jo Lawrence he won the National RDA Championship Countryside Challenge.
Yogi born: 1995 16hh Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding
Owned by : Drew Family
Joined the group in 2010
Yogi has taken many riders to the National Championships over the years. He has a great temperament, and is a wonderful shape for those riders who have tighter hip joints.
Lambrusco III born 1993 16.2hh Grey Warmblood Gelding
Owned by: The Paradressage Training Trust
Joined the group in 2006
Lambrusco took part in the Beijing Paralympic games with rider Sophie Christensen. He helped her secure her first Gold medal in Grade 1 para dressage. A real ‘Gentleman’ of a horse, he has retired from active competition and is used in class and for individual lessons.
Harley Born: ……. 15.2hh Piebald Cob
owned by: Holt family
joined the group in 2016
Harley is a loveable weight carrying cob. Who is becoming a firm favourite of many of the riders. Sadly Jo, his owner died early in 2017. Her family have allowed Harley to say with the group.
Mable (Criminal Girl) born: 16hh Bay Mare
owned by: Jackie Gower
joined the group in 2016
Socks born: 13hh black cob mare
owned by: SBRDA
joined the group in 2106
Socks joined the group as a 4 year old and has spent a year in training. She began to join in class work early in 2017. She is a firm favourite of some of the younger children. As you can see she is a very pretty pony and loves her photo being taken
Fable (Franks Fable) born: 1997 14.1 hh black mare
owned by: SBRDA
She loves taking her riders for hacks in the woods.
Athene (Athene Lindebjerg ) born 2007 17.2 black Danish Warmblood
Owner: Mrs Diane Redfern
came to live at SBRDA in 2014.
In 2015 Athene helped Sophie Christiansen become European Champion in Deuville, France.
Helen Burt BHSII, SBRDA Centre Manager stepped up to continue the training of Athene and Sophie, making sure Athene was ready for the competitions at RIO Paralympics.
Changing riders in 2017 Athene has continued to help her disabled partner, Julie Payne to achieve, winning the European Championship Grade 1 in Gothenburg.
Wolfie (Prince Charming) born 1997 15hh Chestnut Gelding
owned by: SBRDA
joined the group in 2009
He enjoys taking riders through the woods nearby.
Smurf born ….. 14hh Skewbald gelding
owned by: SBRDA
Smurf joined the group in 2002
Like many of our ponies he really enjoys the chance to take young riders for a woodland explore.
Robbie: born….. 13.3hh grey New Forest pony
joined the group in
Robbie mostly joins in the group lessons where he is keen to please. He loves the Countryside challenge activities. He also introduces riders to trot, and with his steady rhythm is a great pony to start on for individual sessions when the interest in competition develops.
He always looks so smart when turned out for a show.
Tru born…… 13hh Blue Dun Icelandic pony mare
Owned by: Gem Hall (SBRDA groom)
Joined the group in 2014
As an older pony Tru’s work is light. She is very comfortable for some riders as she Tolts rather than trots…. it is a lot less bumpy. She is very good at enabling some of our most disabled riders to achieve and gain in confidence.
Billy (Rainbow) born…. 15.0hh Black Section D Welsh Cob
Owned by: SBRDA (Via the Rainbow Children’s Trust Charity)
Joined the group in 2017
Billy is our newest team member, a stunning Welsh cob.
He has been in training for 6 months.
He has been hacked out by one of our volunteer instructors, meeting people and dogs and other hazards in the local environment.
He will start being used in class in early 2018.
Horses that have served South Bucks RDA
We have been privileged in the 50+year history of the group to have owned, been given and have on loan many wonderful equines.
The list of horses below may bring back memories to some of you reading this:
Libby joined the group in 2014 and returned to the New Forest in 2016
|Fair Trade (Legs)*||2011||2002||Bay||G||16||Millnes-Coates|
|Santara Princess Anya (Anya)||2009-17||2003||Grey||M||14||Dr. Heyward|
|Haleys Star (Star)||2009||1997||Chestnut
Section D Welsh cob
|M||14||Australian Para Squad|
|Painted Affair (Scottie)||2006-16||1992||Skewbald||G||16.2||Para Dressage Training Trust|
He was also at home in general RDA lead rein classes .
|Tribal Indian (Indie)||2005-12||1991||Grey||G||14.2||Barr|
|South Col (Harry)||2005-11||Grey||G|
|Martini Maybe (Baby)||2005-10||1991||Bay||G||16||Tottman|
|Charlie Baker*||2004-5||Bay Warmblood||G||15:3||Baker|
|Evensong (Evie)*||2004||Black Thoroughbred||M||16||SBRDA|
|Charlie Girl||2003-17||1991||Chestnut Irish Draught||M||16.3||Jackson|
|Charlie||2001-09||Grey English Connemara||G||15||SBRDA|
|Treacle Toffee||2001-07||1992||Dark Brown Dartmoor x||G||13.2||St. Cyres|
|Bramble||1999-2002||Bright Bay, Dartmoor||G||13||Barrett|
|Cassie*||1998-2000||Black Hanovarian X||M||15||Pearson|
|Merlin||1998||1992||Dark Bay, New Forest||M||13.2|
|George joined us in 1995 when the McIntyre group closed down.|
|Magic||1994-2005||1975||Dark Bay Dartmoor||G||12.2||Powell|
|Capability Brown*||1993||Dark Bay||G||16.2||Cutcliffe|
|Conna||1993-99||1978||Dark Brown, Thoroughbred||G||17.2||Milkins|
|Rufus||1993-2003||1987||Bay New Forest||G||14.1||Tolmie|
|Shadow||1992-2003||1987||Blue Roan, Exmoor cross||G||12.1||Monk|
|MacTavish||1992-2009||1984||Dun, Highland Pony||G||14||SBRDA|
|Sam||1988-2004||1981||Bay, Section D Welsh Cob||G||14.3||SBRDA|