Plumpton Horse Riders Return Home Victorious From RDA National Championships

Plumpton Horse Riders Return Home Victorious From RDA National Championships

RDA National Championships 13-15 July, Hartpury College, Gloucestershire

Two disabled horse riders from Plumpton competed at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) National Championships recently. The riders, who are members of Hope in the Valley RDA Group, returned home with a rosette, having competed in the Dressage over the weekend.

The group took to the road on their 330-mile round trip to Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, supported by a travel grant made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Sarah Skerman, mother of rider Toby, told us “This event is fantastic –Brilliant!” whilst watching for her son preparing for his test “Toby is very nervous but his potential is his own. To us he is a winner whatever.”

Trustee of the charity Margaret Fog, tirelessly worked on getting Toby and his pony, also called Toby, ready for his test. Margaret said “We would like to thank the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery which made it possible for us to receive this grant. The money was put towards getting our two riders and horses here today and creating memories for them and their parents that will last a life time.”


  • 4th William Harris on Rose – Dressage Championships Grade 1-6 (Walk only – junior)
  • Rosettes were awarded up to 6th place but the riders also rode in an extremely competitive class of 21 riders to come 9th and 13th.
  • 9th Toby Skerman on Toberone – Dressage Championships led (junior)
  • 13th William Harris on Rose – Dressage Championships led (junior)

The RDA National Championships is the biggest event of its kind attracting over 500 competitors this year. It is held over three-days at Hartpury Equestrian featuring events across a range of disciplines including Carriage driving, Vaulting, Dressage and Show jumping. In the past, the event has provided a competitive starting point for Paralympian’s including Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker and Lee Pearson – all of whom started as riders with the RDA and continue to support the charity.

Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode lottery, 24 groups for disabled riders and drivers and 105 participants have been able to attend another successful RDA National competition.