We are currently looking for volunteers to help on the following rides:- Monday afternoon, Sunday afternoon, Tuesday evening and Thursday Evening. Please contact us for more details if you can help! Many thanks
We are thrilled to announce that we've received £8979.52 from the Coop and their members! This is a staggering amount and we would like to thank the Coop and all the members who selected us as their 'local cause'. In total the Coop members have raised £19m since last November to support 4000 local causes which is an incredible achievement. Thank you to all who were involved!
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 7.30pm in the Lecture Hall, Follifoot Park Riding Centre. All members, riders and volunteers are welcome. Nominations for the appointment of Trustee must be made by 10th October in writing, including name of nominee, proposer and seconder.
Another successful picnic was enjoyed by everone on Tuesday 21st August. The large turn out of riders, families, friends and volunteers were welcomed to the home of our patrons, Michael and Amanda Abrahams, who provided an excellent buffet lunch in the grounds. Kizmet, Smithy, Brownie and Daisy enjoyed their trip out, not to mention the lush grass, and together with Betty and the carriage, they were happy to take our riders around the paddock after lunch. The weather was kind, dry and warming up as the day went on, the sun even made a short appearance. Our thanks go to the Abrahams once again, for their kind generosity and to all those who came along...see you next year!
The organisation of the gymkhana is now well under way and we hope the run of good weather continues. O2 will kindly be helping us again this year, and so too our wonderful volunteers, who give up their time to allow this event to happen. The first ride starts at 9.20am and we go through until 4.00pm. You will be given your time shortly.
If you have entered the gymkhana we look forward to seeing you on the day!
Each year we are kindly invited to a wonderful picnic hosted by our Patron, Michael Abrahams, in Mickley. This lovely event provides a focal point for the year when riders, parents, carers and volunteers from across all rides get together to enjoy refreshments and a chat, with humans and ponies! The date for this year's picnic is Tuesday 21st August and forms will be sent out after the gymkhana.
We're delighted to be one of the charities chosen by Knaresborough St John's School PTA, as they take part in the Knaresborough Bed Race on Saturday 9th June. The training is going well and they've recently been spotted in the river...atleast the weather has been warm! Good luck to you all! Donations can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/foksjpta1
“My name is Rory Hoy, I’m a Music Producer/DJ and I’m autistic . I volunteer each week at Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group, and I absolutely love it!
Apart from a couple of rides the start and finish term dates are as follows:
Last ride before Christmas - Friday 15th December
First ride in January 2018 - Tuesday 9th January
Last ride before half term - Friday 9th February
First ride after half term - Sunday 18th February
Last ride before Easter - Wednesday 28th March
First ride after Easter - Sunday 15th April
FPDRG were there to help open Wetherby's newly refurbished Coop store along with club Mascot, Elmo.
The local Cooperative Society has made us one of their charities. The way that it works is that everytime someone shops at a Coop store and presents their membership card 1% of their bill is put into the charities fund. The shopper can name a specific charity that is on the list and they do this by going online and nominating that charity.
If you shop at the coop please nominate us as your charity. Last time we were one of their charities we received £720 and that was just for a couple of months. This time it is for 11 months. Leeds Road and Pannal are the main branches but if you live outside that area you can still choose us by choosing the distance option and clicking on 5, 10 or 15 miles depending upon where you live.
Thank you if you decide to help us.
GYMKHANA DAY FOR FPDRG
Let us hope that the weather remains fine and that we do not get a downpour of rain. It will be the first time in many years if the weather stays completely fine.
O2 are coming from Leeds again this year to help us and we need lots of our volunteers as well. So come on and sign up to help.
The Co-Op in Wetherby, Bojangles Hair in Knaresborough, Noir Hair in Harrogate, Fodder in Harrogate, Golf lesson with Lee Morrisroe PGA, Personal Fitness training with Alice from Hardy’s Health and Fitness. Plus many other individuals connected to FPDRG, who kindly donated a wide variety of prizes.
We made the amazing amount of £280!!!
FPDRG couldn’t have done it without YOUR help
Volunteers offered rides on our mechanical horse STAN, and held a tombola and raffle to raise money for Alex and Macey's spinal surgery scheduled for this year.
The weather for the Mickley picnic this year was rather grey, but this did not deter the spirits of our horse and carriage riders and volunteers. There was a good turnout, as usual, and we all enjoyed the generous hospitality of Michael and Amanda Abrahams and family, who welcomed us into their house and gardens. After lunch, Michael Abrahams presented certificates to volunteers who have completed 10 years of volunteering. Then our riders were able to have a trip out in the carriage or a gentle walk around the field on one of our trusty horses. The riders loved the change of scenery whilst the horses seemed to enjoy the change of grass. The fun was obviously infectious because one of the carers bravely mounted a horse for the first time- he admitted the ground seemed a long way away from up on Smithy's back, but he found it a great experience and hopes to do it again. Thanks to everyone who attended to make it another successful picnic.
Representatives for FPDRG were out in force and enjoying the goodies and atmosphere of The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards.
There's nothing like a change in hat regulation to keep riding-reliant charities such as ourselves on their toes!
Fortunately, our dedicated trustee and ride leader Sue Oxley was not going to rest until she'd tracked down the right hats, in the right size., however confusing those sizings were. Here she describes the challenges she faced in the suprsingly complex world of riding hats. Do your best to keep up!
Our thanks go to Richard Search, the President of the Tockwith Show for 2017, for choosing us as one of his charities to benefit from the Tockwith Show. Richard and his wife presented us with a cheque for £3,219 which is a lot of money for a small charity. As all of our helpers are volunteers every penny will go towards the disabled riding.
Thank you Richard and the committee of the show.
So my legs have finally recovered from this year’s Yorkshire Warrior, with the last remaining bruises slowly fading.
The weather was dry, however, don't be fooled...what nature fails to provide, the organisers will... MUD, in abundance!
This year's 10 mile course took us from the Yorkshire Showground, down through the underpass, familiar to many of you from our rides, and on to the fields beyond Follifoot. It returns through a kilometre long tunnel, hidden beneath Rudding Park and used by Winston Churchill for his train during the war.