Young riders with disabilities from all over the state will return to Pinjarra for the Riding for the Disabled Association WA (RDAWA) 2017 Community TAB State Games, to be held on Saturday 9 September.
The Community TAB State Games provides an opportunity for RDAWA riders with disabilities to come together and compete in friendly mounted games competition, which demonstrates their abilities, achievements and skills whilst allowing them the opportunity to showcase these to their family and friends.
Community TAB is an ongoing sponsor of RDAWA and is sponsor of the State Games for a third year in a row.
RDAWA Executive Officer Kelly Mansfield said the State Games is a major highlight of the year for their riders.
“The State Games brings so much joy to the riders and it is a great fun day out for all the family including the mounted fancy dress competition where riders, parents and volunteers get to create costumes for both the horse and rider,” Ms Mansfield said.
“Over 1000 riders of all ages with intellectual and physical disabilities attend RDAWA centres around WA, and this is the one annual event where everyone comes together to show what they have learnt and the improvements they have made not only as a rider, but in their daily lives.
“The $12,000 sponsorship of the State Games from Community TAB means we can hold this great event again for the riders and volunteers who work so hard all year round.”
Racing and Wagering WA Chief Executive Officer Richard Burt said the partnership with RDAWA is very close to the heart of Community TAB.
“Our staff have had so much fun volunteering at the State Games over the past few years and they have really grown to love the organisation and the people involved, and they will be there again this year volunteering their time to help out,” Mr Burt said.
“We are really proud to be associated with RDAWA and to help them continue the upkeep and welfare of RDA horses and general maintenance of the state organisation through our contribution.
“Community TAB has also just committed a fourth year of sponsorship to RDAWA, which will see another $80,000 contribution to the organisation.”
The RDAWA State Games is a family friendly event held at the Murray Mandurah centre which is situated within the grounds of Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra.
RDAWA riders participate in a range of individual games including; jumping, handy pony, barrel racing, lasso the cow and a highlight of the day is the mounted fancy dress competition which allows riders, volunteers and horses to work together and explore their creative side.
For the first time this year the event will also be open to the general public to come along and experience the magic of RDAWA with lots of fun for all the family including face painting, balloon twisting, a trackless train, biscuit decorating and a family treasure hunt.
RDAWA is a charitable organisation that combines the transformative power and the therapeutic effects of horse riding in the provision of equestrian activities which provides neuromuscular stimulation similar to that of a human thus promoting improved strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and confidence.
There are RDA centres all over the State including, Albany, Denmark, Collie, Carine, Hills, Pinjar, Peel, South West, Swan Valley, Mid-West, Mandurah and Oakford.
For more information please contact:
0427 006 342