Welcome to the
RDA Dutchy Group Website

The RDA Duchy Group was set up in 1989 by Polly Hart along with several friends including Eve Gerry, Eve Vineer, Judy Morris and Maureen Ryder. Initially the college provided suitable horses and over time the group started to purchase their own horses which the college looked after in return for allowing the students to use them. Today the group owns 3 horses which are also used as working liveries by the college. RDA Duchy Group meet every Wednesday during term time between 1pm and 4pm and use the large indoor school which enables us to ride all year round come rain or shine. The group provides riding and therapy for 18 children and adults and also the opportunity to compete at County, Regional and National competitions. The group rely totally on volunteers to deliver our ridden sessions each week and are completely self funding.

Latest News

Marathon Fundraising effort from Emily Fisher

A big thank you to Emily Fisher who ran the Torbay Half Marathon and raised £426 for RDA Duchy Group. We really appreciate her effort. 

Community Awareness Day at Tesco Launceston

We had a very successful day raising awareness about RDA and also a good opportunity for some fund raising. We had our wonderful mascot Henry to support us and he certainly drew the crowds. Thank you to everyone for supporting our raffle, buying cards and making donations. Your generosity raised £400 and means we can…

We have 2 rider places available.

We currently have 2 rider places available in our Wednesday sessions. From 3pm to 3.45pm in a mixed class of children and adults, please get in touch through the contact page on the website or visit our Facebook page. All lessons are with qualified RDA Coaches at the indoor arena at Duchy College and are…

New pony Yoyo already a big hit at college!

The latest addition to the team at RDA Duchy Group has already made a big impression and he’s not even set a hoof in a session yet. Yoyo arrived at college last week and has the Easter break to settle in to his new home. The team at college have already fallen in love with…

Successful grant application means new pony for the group.

It’s been an odd start to the year for our group. We came back after Xmas for a week and then unfortunately had an enforced break due to the equine centre having to close for a few weeks. Everything is back to normal and riding resumed a couple of weeks ago. Our fundraising team have…

Duchy Group receive “Tesco Helping Hand” Grant

Duchy Group have been awarded £400 from Tesco Helping Hand grant. The groups head of fundraising Mary Framptom Price is pictured receiving the cheque from staff at Tesco Tavistock.  We are thrilled to have received this money and it will help towards purchasing equipment for a Countryside Challenge course for our riders which will enable…

Late night shopping at Mole Valley Farmers Liskeard Cornwall

RDA Duchy Group got into the festive spirit with a late night shopping event recently at Mole Valley Farmers Liskeard. Thank you to everyone who supported us and to Mole Valley Farmers for inviting us back again.

Super Pony Jake Retires after 9 years service

We have recently had our last ride before Xmas and have also said goodbye to our dear pony Jake. He is being retired to a lovely private home after 9 years with us and Duchy College. He has been the most wonderful, kind, dependable and honest pony and we are all going to miss him…

Meet the very handsome Shrek

Meet the very handsome Shrek. He is a 14.2hh Haflinger which is a breed that originates from the mountains of Austria. This makes them a particularly tough and hardworking pony with lots of strength for their size. Shrek has shown a particular talent for dressage and has been out competing at affiliated dressage competitions over…

Welcome to New Volunteers

A very busy day today with new riders and volunteers attending our session. We are thrilled to have some volunteers who are studying Animal Management at Duchy college, it’s always lovely to welcome along new volunteers to RDA sessions who are so enthusiastic and keen to help. Volunteering looks great on your CV as well…