RDANI supporters receive New Year’s Honours

RDANI New Year's Honours BR Farm
RDA SUPPORTER: RDANI Vice President Willie John McBride CBE attending Coleraine RDA Group’s 40th Anniversary celebrations. (FW03-525NN)

TWO of the most well-known supporters at Riding for the Disabled NI have received CBEs in the New Year’s Honours List. Everyone involved with the charity would like to congratulate Dr. Willie John McBride and Nick Coburn on their achievement.

Former Ireland Rugby captain, Willie John McBride, went on all five Lions tours that took place within his career, won 63 Ireland caps and is regularly and rightly described as one of the great players and leaders of his era. Dr. McBride, who has been a Vice President of RDANI for many years, offers his support to the groups, riders and volunteers across the province and regularly attends regional and local events.


Group Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Ulster Carpet Mills in Portadown, Nick Coburn has been awarded a CBE for services to the economy in Northern Ireland. Mr. Coburn and Ulster Carpet Mills sponsor the RDANI bi-annual regional magazine. Their support means that the charity can produce a high-end, professional magazine full of news and photos for the riders, drivers, volunteers and supporters. It is an incredibly useful publicity tool for the charity and one that they, and Ulster Carpet Mills, can justifiably be very proud of.

Regional Chairperson, Lady Julie Frazer, says: “Their contributions are quite different but equally valuable. Mr. Coburn and Ulster Carpet Mills sponsor a magazine, which is the face of RDA in Northern Ireland in terms of raising awareness – there are still many people out there who do not know what we do or the benefits. Dr. McBride’s contribution is different, but he too does a lot to raise the profile of RDA by attending events and making presentations. The volunteers love him and publicity is always easier when there is such sporting hero involved! We have every reason to be grateful to them both for their support.”

All at RDANI would like to echo those words and to say very well done to Dr. McBride CBE and Mr. Coburn CBE.

Background information

on RDA

The Northern Ireland Region of the Riding for the Disabled Association currently has 29 groups, 1,000 volunteers and 1,000 riders and drivers. By working directly with 18 care centres and 40 schools, along with individuals, the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) seeks to help those who will benefit most from the therapy achieved through horse riding, while encouraging riders to reach their full potential and compete at the top level.

The advantages of horse riding come in many forms, ranging from building muscle tone to encouraging self-confidence and improving balance.

For children and adults with learning disabilities and mobility problems, the RDA provides access to one of the very few outdoor activities available for the disabled community.

At the moment, the RDA are keen to recruit new volunteers who would be able to give up some time to help with weekly sessions or horse owners who would be willing to loan their horse/pony for these riding lessons.

If you would be interested in hearing more about your local group’s experiences, please do not hesitate to contact Lady Juliet Frazer, Chairman on rdaniregion@yahoo.co.uk


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