Ken D’Arcy (Chairman).
I was born in Liverpool in 1947, but have lived in Barmby Moor since 1979. I retired from the Home Office after 39 years – and my hobbies are bird-watching, gardening, and RDA . I became involved with the Group 13 years ago as a parent. After a week or two, someone asked if I would be a side-walker, and shortly after that, if I would lead. A year or so on, I was invited to join the Committee. And now, somehow, I’m Chair!
Angela Payne (Group Organiser)
Born and bred in North Wales, but have loved living in Yorkshire for the last 30 years.
Joined Ebor Vale as a volunteer in 1991 and Committee member since 1995 also Group instructor for both riding and carriage driving.
I have ridden since the age of 11. I currently own two horses, one for riding one for driving. (purely pleasure, not competitive) I also own two dogs and enjoy gardening.
Alan Pringle (Treasurer/Safe Guarding Officer)
Born & bred in the East end of Newcastle Upon Tyne. (A “Geordie” and proud of it!!) Married to Angela Payne, our Group Organiser for 25 years with 3 children.
Semi-retired. Now working part time as a Support Care Worker at Woldhaven Day Centre in Pocklington, having spent 31 years in the Insurance industry.
I only play golf (badly!) now but I used to play football, badminton, tennis and loves all sport. I have been actively associated with the Group for 8 years now as a Volunteer and Treasurer for the last 2 years, and Trustee.
Clare Dixon (Secretary) I am currently studying for a Masters in Nursing at the University of York and as part of the course we were encouraged to take up volunteering activities. I decided to start helping out at RDA as I love horses and found myself really enjoying it. It’s rewarding to see how much the riders get out of the sessions and how they progress throught the year. I love being outdoors and around people so it’s the perfect combination for me! Outside of RDA and my degree I enjoy spending time with my dog, friends, family and boyfriend (in that order!).
Ann Dowd Born a Yorkshire lass in Doncaster, I have been married to Mike for almost 48 years and we have lived in Pocklington for the last 33 of those. We have two children and three grandchildren. When I began volunteering at RDA 10 years ago I didn’t realise how much I would come to love helping our riders, seeing the pleasure they get out of what they do, and the progress they make. Over the years I have met many amazing families. As a lapsed rider myself I also love horses so for me it’s the perfect place to be. My hobbies include volunteering at the Arts Centre, Yoga, Gardening, walking miles with my dog Bracken and trying to keep up with my very lively grandchildren.
I have recently joined the committee as a trustee.
Gail Bentley (Instructor/Fundraising)
I began as a Volunteer Helper with no horse experience and have now progressed to Riding Instructor, Fundraiser and Champion Therapist for the Group.
I have been with Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled for 14 years now and every session brings its own magical experience. Even after all this time I continue to be amazed by the overwhelming benefits that riding and carriage driving bring to our clients throughout each season. I work privately as a Holistic Therapist with Neuro Linguistic Programming, Life Coaching , Massage and Healing/Reiki , and incorporate these skills into the Group where appropriate. My aim, alongside a good cup of tea and a fantastic set of volunteers, is to provide a friendly, fun and therapeutic service. I am privileged to be a supporting part of the Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled Group. Don’t ever look back on your life and “wish you had”..
My advice,”Join us as a volunteer now.”
Catherine Anderson (Equine welfare coordinator)
I became involved with Ebor Vale back in 2002 simply helping lead the ponies in lessons, this has grown over the years and I’ve become more involved which is great, I’m now pleased to say I am a carriage driving instructor for the group and what a lovely achievement this is! We have great ponies and great riders and drivers!
My hobbies are horse riding/driving and generally being out doors.