With both the State Event and State Conference over for another 12 months we finally have a chance to slow down and take stock of things.
Overall we were very happy with both events; the attendance at the State Event was outstanding and overall things went well. We were gratified that so many riders were able to experience the thrill of participating in a State Competition and hope numbers will continue to improve again next year.
We thank those that took the time to give us feed back, this has been considered and used as part of the project plan for our 2016 competition. The state Events will be held in June/July from now on to give those wishing to consider travelling to Nationals more time to plan and prepare in the future.
We were extremely pleased with the State Conference; I cannot thank Linda Gaffney, Trish Hollis and the Team at Crowson Park enough for allowing us to use their facility to hold this event.
Sally Francis and Wendy Mungomery were inspiring, their knowledge, sense of humor and communication was amazing. We all gained so much from them and I am sure the therapeutic side of RDA will be seen more in centres after that weekend. RDAQ is very grateful to them both.
We were able to maximise Sally’s visit while she was with us. She travelled with me to Bundaberg where she taught coaches and volunteers on the Tuesday before flying to Mackay on the Wednesday. Sally taught a further two days there and then flew onto Cairns to spend the weekend with Sheena and the team in North Qld, before finally heading back down South on the Sunday evening. I can say without doubt everyone enjoyed her sessions and all gained so much.
We did mention at the General Meeting that we are negotiating to establish a new State RDAQ Centre, this is one step closer this week as we came to a basic agreement regarding a sub-lease at the Hendra Pony Club Grounds.
I will also take the time to commend to you our two new Board Members Lisa Kirkup and Karen Innes-Walker who we appointed at the General Meeting.
These ladies bring new ideas and added enthusiasm to the Board, we welcome them both.