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News article: Branch instructor remembered at RDA show

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The Caithness Group of Riding for the Disabled Association held its annual summer show and presentation of prizes at the Indoor Riding School in Halkirk.

Three new shields were also purchased from the prize money won by the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) group of second year pupils from Wick High School. The school team, comprising Katie Dunnet, Kayleigh Robertson, Murren Chisholm and Conor Dunnet, visited the group to gain a greater understanding of the impact the charity has on the community. Their win, which included a presentation before a Dragons’ Den-style panel, secured a £3000 donation to the group, which hopes to purchase specialised tack and equipment for the outdoor paddock.

The three rides at the show were performed in front of parents, friends, teachers and head teachers. They began with a few warm-up exercises followed by a display of trot work and finished off with an exercise on a handy pony-type course showing skills of bending, halting, answering stable management questions, moving a ring from pole to pole and then a cuddly toy from one net to another. Instructors were Emma Henderson, Liz Hewitson and Alex Henderson.

After the second ride, everyone gathered at the outdoor paddock to unveil a new sign, Maggie’s Way. The paddock was named in memory of Maggie Maclean, who was the group’s chief instructor until her death last year. She had been the inspiration behind the development of the paddock.

The new sign was made with wood donated by Rob Sutherland of Wick Sawmill, a close family friend of the Macleans. Lee Sutherland of Latheronwheel carved the lettering on the sign. After a few touching words from Morag Miller, the sign was unveiled by Maggie’s husband Hamish and her mother Mrs Terrell.

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