We have signed up with Vodaphone’s JustTextGiving service. On your mobile phone you can text our unique code: LOGG11 and the amount preceded by the £ sign to 70070. We are currently completely out of funds to support lessons so please donate - small amounts add up and make a big difference!
We can now supply recycling envelopes for ink cartridges etc through Recycle 4 Charity. Contact Rosemary for envelopes. We get £1 per cartridge - that soon adds up!
Dartmoor Hill Pony Association
Many of the ponies that we use for all our disabled driving (and riding) activities are from the Dartmoor Hill breed. These are the most fantastic ponies with wonderful natures. Gentle, strong, gutsy, beautiful paces - there’s nothing in the smaller pony world to beat them. They really need support though - they are vital for maintaining Dartmoor’s landscape and provide pleasure for visitors. But there is little general market for them and with indiscriminate breeding, too many foals are born.
To save them from suffering, many are simply shot each autumn, which is a tragedy. The solution is simple: contraceptives for the mares, Ponies on the Pill, but the Association urgently needs land to achieve this. Please take a look at their website and log on to sign the petition to allow a group of them to graze a piece of land where the results of the treatment can be properly assessed.
A selection of Videos:
Click here to see our Wheels to Freedom video showing the activities we provide and who can benefit.
Click here to see a Photobook of disabled drivers enjoying an indoor competition.
Click here to see a short videoclip of Michelle, one of our drivers, having serious fun driving the cones and obstacles at an indoor competition.
Cick here to see a selection of photos of our drivers competing during the indoor season.
Click here to watch a video of 3 of our drivers competing at the Indoor Championships
Can you help? Could you organise an event to raise funds? Do you know anyone who might like to donate? Do you have any different ideas that we might not have thought of? Do you know any charitable trusts that we might not have discovered yet. If you think you can help in any way at all please contact us. Phone Rosemary on 01576 610544 or email us. Please!
There’s been some serious fund raising by our supporters! Our thanks go to all our supporters who took part in marathons, tough mudder challenges, three peaks challenges, sponsored bike rides, horse rides, fashion shows and other fund raising events.
Success at Sandringham
Well done to Sarah, Graham and Charlotte for their success at the National Novice para-Championships at Sandringham. After a very exciting two days of competition Sarah Gemie is 2016 National Novice Para-Champion with Graham Smith as Reserve Champion. Well done! More pics on our facebook page.
A big thank you to A W Jenkinsons for the loan of a very smart tractor unit for our competitions.
Louise truimphs at the 2016 National Championships
SDU Coach Louise Kaiholm had a resounding win at the National Championships in Cirencester. She now holds the title of National Open Pony Pairs Champion 2016 with her little pair of Dartmoor Hill ponies, Sinatra and Icarus. A great advertisement for the calibre of the training available to SDU and the enthusiasm and professionalism of our coaches.
Boreland Sports Driving Competition
Twenty competitors enjoyed a great weekend of competition. Over half were drivers with disabilities who posted great results. We don’t have ‘winners or losers’ in these competitions - instead we award rosettes according to scores achieved. Eight Silver rosettes were awarded and sever Bronze - really good results for the first competition - showing how much progress some of our drivers have been making! Full results here.
Boreland Sports Driving Competition
Twenty-one competitors enjoyed a great weekend of competition. Over half were drivers with disabilities who posted great results. SDU Coach Stephie White was the only Gold rosette this time Sarah Gemie got Silver. Finlay McCrae received the Holden Trophy for the most improved novice driver during the year. Full results here.
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Happy faces of SDU supported drivers when Jen Bernard from the North West Driving Club presented them with a cheque for £785, raised by the club at their recent anniversary dinner! Our thanks go to the Jen and the club for their efforts on our behalf. Every penny will go to support drivers with disabilities.
The Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre now has a brilliant new surface in its indoor school. It is much smoother for the disabled carriages and both drivers and ponies love it - this is children from Calside School trying it out for the first time!
Annual General Meeting
Our AGM will be held on 27th March at the Boreland Village Hall, Boreland, Lockerbie DG11 2LL at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be a short slideshow illustrating the wide range of activities held during the year shown after the meeting.