Winter win for disabled riders

RUGGED UP: Cootamundra RDA pony Buddy shows off his new rug alongside Trish Taylor, RDA (NSW) director Olwen Smith and Tamara Taylor. Picture: CGRC.

RUGGED UP: Cootamundra RDA pony Buddy shows off his new rug alongside Trish Taylor, RDA (NSW) director Olwen Smith and Tamara Taylor. Picture: CGRC.

The Cootamundra branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has been given a timely boost after receiving council funds to purchase new horse rugs.

Having previously relied upon donations, Cootamundra RDA spokesperson Olwen Smith said the contribution, made possible through the Stronger Communities Fund, was particularly significant and would protect horses from the winter chill.

“Our horses are irreplaceable because of the thorough training they have undertaken to accept disabled riders and their idiosyncrasies,” Ms Smith said in statement.

Council administrator Stephen Sykes said although the grant was small, the benefits were enormous. 

“(This grant) will ensure the health and well-being of these animals, who in turn do so much for the disabled in the Cootamundra region.”

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