On the 21st May, the Mid West Regional Championships of the Riding for the Disabled Association are to be held in Bristol for the first time in 3 years, at the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled in Henbury.

The “Regionals” will welcome riders from 30 groups in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bristol, competing in Dressage, Show-jumping and Countryside Challenge .

Gill Edwards, who is a County Coach and Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled Trustee, said “Giving our riders the opportunity to compete and excel is a very important part of our work. We’re absolutely delighted that they’ll be doing it on home territory.”

The Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled is the largest dedicated disabled riding centre in the South West, and among the top 25 biggest nationwide. “It’s great to be able to host this celebration of disabled riders in our purpose-built facility, rather than having to pay a commercial site.” Said Yvette Whiffen, Centre Manager.

The Mid-West Regional Championships are a qualifying event for the RDA National Championships, which will take place in the summer and are larger than the Equestrian Paralympics and Para World Championships combined.


Avon Riding Centre rider Zoe Heron, with coach Karen Sheppard, competing in Dressage at the 2017 Mid-West Regional Championships, which took place at Summerhouse, Gloucestershire.

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