Meet Our Volunteers

Meet Our Volunteers

Perhaps you would like to be a volunteer, but you’re not sure whether it’s for you? We asked some of our current volunteers, both long-standing and new, from all walks of life, why they are involved…


I began volunteering with Mid Cheshire as part of my Duke of Edinburgh award, back when the Group was still based at Mobberley Riding School, and I have recently been awarded my certificate for 10 Years of service. From starting out as a leader, today I am a trainee group instructor. I also do sidewalking, leading, yard work and fundraising with bag packs and a skydive!

I love seeing the enjoyment and progression in our riders from when they start out, it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to make a difference to them. The fundraising socials (Race Night and Barn Dance) are fun too, it’s great seeing everyone there!

    Charlotte & Liz

    Charlotte began volunteering through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme:

    “I wanted to do some volunteer work and helping with the RDA is exactly right for me as I ride regularly already and love horses. Making friends and seeing the same rider each week, gradually improving, is a great boost. I will carry on volunteering after the DofE ends.”

    Liz travels from Didsbury each Saturday morning to help out at our sessions:

    “All my adult life whenever I have moved house I always find the local RDA group, as I am so happy helping with the groups and making new friends. The RDA is like a large family with riders, volunteers and instructors all working for the same goal: enjoying being with ponies and learning to ride.”

    Rider Sacha says: “I used to be quite nervous and did not want to go fast, but now I feel confident thanks to Charlotte and Liz and will soon be riding on my own!”