06 June 2021TORFY

It is with a very heavy heart I let you know we have lost our beautiful horse Torfy (Jays Fortitude).

He became very unwell on Saturday and despite our vets best efforts he was not recovering and 

to stop his pain we let him go.

This is a devastating blow and he will be much missed as he was a gentle well schooled horse loved 

by every one who rode and helped with him.

He leaves a huge hole which will be difficult to fill but we must embrace the good times we all enjoyed 

with him and let him rest in peace.

Yours Margaret 


Berwickshire Group RDA have signed up for a virtual balloon race. 
Balloons are £3 each and can be named and individually designed.  
There are overall prizes along with group prizes. 
Please encourage your friends and family to buy balloons and enjoy the race.

Buy your balloons here                         Follow the Race Here



28 April 2021Edinburgh & Borders Regional Qualifier Classes 2021

The Schedule for our virtual RQ and the one for the virtual Nat Champs taking place in September is now available.

The Schedule covers all the classes - Dressage, Countryside Challenge, Arts& Crafts and Musical Ride. 

The Dressage Tests are available on MyRDA under National Championships/Dressage where you can download all the Tests and Scoresheets.

More information will be provided as soon as we have confirmation that our Schedule has gone live on Horse Monkey and you can upload entries.

  This does not stop you from starting to practice the tests and filming. 

Advice on where best to film a test is also available from My RDA under National Championships.


As you may recall from Sue Mack's talk on Countryside Challenge, to help you get an accurate and useful recording of the test, it is best for the person doing the filming to follow the participant round the course.  For those who were unable to attend the Forum, Sue as made a YouTube Clip which is available through the link on MyRDA which gives you a step by step guide to how to set up a course as well as what a judge will be marking.  To assist with this Sue has kindly sent through the two scoresheets that will be used for the event.  Sue will judge our entries and recommended that you record two separate videos at the same time, one for the RQ and one for the Nat Champs.  If you have any questions relating to Countryside Challenge, Sue is very happy to answer them.  Her email is:  suemackRDA@gmail.com .


Please contact Kim if you have any questions.


Edinburgh & Borders Regional Qualifier Classes 2021


As you are aware in 2021 both the Regional Qualifiers and National Championships will be taking place virtually.


Please see enclosed a list of the Dressage, Countryside Challenge, Arts & Crafts and Musical Ride classes for our Regional Qualifier.  Carriage Driving, Showing and Vaulting classes will have direct entry to the National Championships, and there is an opportunity to take part in the Endurance competition.




There will be no Entry Fee for the 2021 Regional Qualifier with expenses covered by money raised by CHUFFS.

Each group will be required to pay a one-off £1.50 admin fee to access Horse Monkey.


Further Information


Horse Monkey is the entry system we will be using to enter and for you to upload your video(s).  You will be notified once the schedule has been uploaded onto Horse Monkey and is open for entries. 

The closing date for entries to all classes is Sunday 27th June 2021.

Riders who are new to dressage should be entered in one of the Introduction to Dressage Classes 1 to 4.

The winner in each qualifier class will qualify for the National Championships providing they score more than 60%.

In Dressage, two trophies will be awarded based on the best test ridden in the judges’ opinion. Riders placed first in their class are eligible. The Val Brown trophy is awarded to the best rider in the Introduction to Dressage Classes 1 to 4, and the Mark Headen trophy is awarded to the best rider in the Qualifying Classes 5 to 16.

For Countryside Challenge, a trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring Junior and Senior participant.

Please note that if a participant qualifies for the National Championships their contact details will be shared with RDA National Office.

Results will be publicised on the Regional Website http://www.rdasouthscotland.org.uk/ by Friday 9th July 2021.



Written guide for filming virtual competition entries for Regional Qualifiers and National Championships

Video guide for filming virtual competition entries for Regional Qualifiers and National Championships

Extra info can be found on the RDA You Tube channel


24 April 2021SAM's KILTWALK - Completed

Berwickshire Group RDA would like to say a huge Thank You to Sam for raising an amazing £736 for the group.

This amount will be topped up by 50% thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation.

Sam ran his 10k in the amazing time of 47 minutes with almost perfect weather as it was dry and sunny but with a little wind.

This money will help ensure we can continue to provide free riding for our clients.



02 April 2021CREATIVE WRITING 2021

Congratulations to every Group member who entered the Creative Writing competition and I hope you have received your rosette.

This is a photo of Tuesday evening rider Alice's rosette and I will send it to her soon.

Creative Writing is a great way of expressing how you feel about RDA and National Office

are always grateful for your contribution.

Have a great Easter.

Yours Margaret


Dear Berwickshire Group RDA Riders, Vaulters and Volunteers,

We hope you are all surviving and enjoying this spell of Spring weather.

It is lovely to see the daffodils and blossom and little lambs frolicking in the fields.

The Group hopes that as things ease after Easter, we will be able to return to some sort of riding but so much depends on how we are to deal with social distancing and sanitising and new plans may need to be made.

Wishing you all a happy Easter holiday and looking forward to a covid free future.

Yours Margaret

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