RIDING For the Disabled Association’s Horsham centre has produced two national champions.
Clint Robins and Ben Isaac came away with ribbons from the Riding for the Disabled Association national championship in Werribee last month.
Robins was a member of the RDA Victoria team which won the show-jumping category of the competition, while Isaac was part of the LeTrec section winning team.
Individually, Isaac finished third in two walk-assist dressage events and equal third in the LeTrec walk section.
Robins was second in the intermediate trot section of the dressage on day one, sixth on day two, second in the show-jumping, fourth in the trot section of the Prix Caprilli and second in the LeTrec trot section.
RDA Horsham president Jan Croser said it was the most success riders from the Horsham centre had achieved.
“We’ve had riders in the state team before but we’ve never had anyone go through to the nationals and be part of the winning team,” she said.
“Clint and Ben are very excited as you can imagine.
“It also gets people from our centre excited about training because there’s an enormous amount of training involved to go to nationals.”
Club volunteer Alison Silcock was also recognised with a state award from RDA Victoria.
Silcock received the Michael Field Memorial Volunteer Award for 2013 as the top RDA volunteer in the state.
Ms Croser said Silcock’s win topped off a brilliant year for the club.
“There’s 39 centres across Victoria and they each nominate a volunteer for the award,” she said.
“That volunteer has to demonstrate service not only at club level, but at state and national level.
“Alison served on the board and has done an amazing job getting together the rules of the association, along with running the trail ride that is a major fundraiser for RDA Victoria – so it was well deserved for her.”
Ms Croser thanked Dooen Hotel for sponsoring the centre’s nationals team and
allowing it to compete in Werribee.
She said the fact there were only 25 riders at the centre this year allowed coaches to spend more time with individuals.