/ RDP Area Training

Rider Development Pathway (RDP) Area Training was introduced in 2014 to give Members access to coaches whom they might not normally be able to access at Branch level, in order to help Members prepare for RDP Assessment Days, and their competitive season. Training is aimed at Pony Club Members who are training at Pony Club Novice level and above, and riders do not need to have met the RDP Assessment criteria to attend. Members from any Branch are welcome at the days. Sessions are in small groups, with Members of a similar level, with high quality coaches. In 2015/2016, it is hoped there will be at least one jumping training day and one flatwork training day in each Area.

144th August 2015Hill House Farm, Buckland Dinham, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2RBShow JumpingRos MorganLouly Thornycroft area14@pcuk.orgApplication Form
1420th September 2015Bovington EquestrianDressageMatt HicksLouly Thornycroft area14@pcuk.org

The Pony Club ran RDP Area Training for the first time in 2014/2015. Below are some of the comments we received from riders and parents who attended.

Would you like to attend this time round? Click “Upcoming Training Dates” to find training near you!

“I felt like I had made progress and improved throughout the session and had been given relevant feedback and exercises to practise.” Victoria, Rider, Area 15

“Everything was very positive and my daughter felt that she had been ‘challenged’ and encourage to think outside her comfort zone” Parent, Area 5

“The training ave my daughter confidence in her own and her pony’s ability” Caroline, Parent, Area 5

“After the session I felt really happy. I had worked hard and achieved lots. I understood what I was trying to do and was able to feel the improvement, also I have been able to continue trying to ride in the same way and see results at home.” Anna, Rider, Area 4

“Valuable training for all levels” Frances, Parent, Area 19

Can anyone attend the training?
This training is exclusive to Pony Club Members, and riders must be current Pony Club Members to attend. Members from any Branch are welcome at any of the training days - you don’t have to be in the Area that is hosting the training.

Do I have to meet the RDP Application criteria to take part in the training?
No! This training is open to anyone who is riding at Pony Club Novice level or above. RDP Area Training might give you the final competitive edge to qualify you for next year’s RDP Assessment Days.

Who can I contact about more training?
Each RDP Area Training Day is organised by the Area, so you need to contact your Area Rep to find out what is planned for your Area. If you’re unsure who your Area Rep is, please look at this page.

What can I expect at the training?
We hope that you will work hard, learn lots, and have fun! You need to be clean and smart, but there’s no need to plait your pony.

I receive funding from SportEngland/HorseScotland/TASS, can I still attend?
Yes you can, however you are not eligible to attend the RDP Assessment Days.

If you are 13 or over, and have facebook, why not like the Rider Devlopment Pathway page? You can keep updated with Assessment Days, the National Camp and this year’s RDP Squad. We would also love to see photos of any Area Training you attend, so please share them on the page.

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