Volunteer Award for Karen

We are truly indebted to our volunteers without which Barrow Farm RDA would not exist.  We are very proud that one of our volunteers, Karen Lehner, received a Commendation at Chelmsford Community Voluntary Services’ Awards for Voluntary Service.  The Mayor of Chelmsford presented Awards and Commendations for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to local people at a ceremony held in the Mayor’s Parlour on 10 May 2024.  The Mayor, Cllr Linda Mascot, explained that Commendations aren’t presented every year but that in appreciation and recognition of an exceptional contribution made to volunteering it was awarded to Karen for her work with Barrow Farm RDA.  Karen has volunteered for nearly 20 years and as well as volunteering with rides and carriage driving, has organised events, given talks, lead the fundraising subgroup and was paramount in our successful application for National Lottery Community Funding.

A woman wearing a mayors chain presenting a framed certificate to Karen in her Barrow Farm top.

Anne receives President’s Award

Anne’s dedication to RDA has been recognised this year as a recipient of the President’s Award. The President’s Award is the most prestigious award presented by RDA National and is given for exceptional dedication at either national or local level. Anne has been involved in RDA for over 40 years and has gone above and beyond both for the group and through volunteer roles at County and Regional level, as well as getting involved in many national initiatives.

Anne holding her President's Award certificate

Jack Petchey Award Celebration Event

Rebecca, Ducky and Lainey with Mark Richardson

On Thursday 4 May 2017 student Lainey and riders, Ducky and Rebecca attended the Jack Petchey Foundation Essex Regional Youth Awards at The Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. The fun packed night included music and performance as well as a talk by Mark Richardson. Mark was part of the 4 x 400m relay team that won silver at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and gold at the World Championships in 1997. Mark also presented the Barrow Farm winners with their awards. Lainey received her award for showing exceptional care and enthusiasm in her work. Her communication skills with autistic riders have enabled them to really benefit and enjoy their riding.  Ducky received her award as she has worked really hard to improve her riding skills, especially when riding independently off the leading rein. When Ducky started riding with us she was lacking in confidence but  in the last six months she has the gained the confidence to not only ride off lead in walk but also start to do so in trot. Rebecca received her award  for working very hard in her riding, in particular to learn and improve her rising trot, this has improved her confidence as a rider.

Congratulations and a big well done to Lainey, Ducky and Rebecca!