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RBS Real Heroes award


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There is always something happening at Aberdeen RDA; from Sid's journey to winning the RBS Animal Hero of the Year award in 2014 to the latest milestones and accomplishments of our riders and volunteers.

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Aberdeen RDA's Secretary receives top award from HRH Princess Anne

Our secretary Barbara Gibbons was awarded the RDA President's Award for her many years of dedicated service to RDA at both Group and Regional level.

Barbara started as a volunteer for Aberdeen RDA 31 years ago and became our Secretary 29 years ago!! Behind the scenes Barbara looks after the all-important paperwork part of running the Group and is font of knowledge, and support, to her fellow RDA trustees.

Barbara was presented with her award by HRH Princess Anne in April.

Aberdeen RDA's pony Elsa is a big hit with both helpers and riders

Aberdeen RDA bought Elsa in 2016 and she has already become a favourite with riders and helpers alike. She has a very placid nature and doesn't seem to be phased by anything.

Sid wins inaugural RBS Animal Hero of the Year

5 Members of Aberdeen RDA attended the Awards Ceremony at RBS HQ in Edinburgh

Rider Katy Woods, Chairman Catherine Stott and volunteers Hilary Lewis, Doreen Philips, Rhiannon Fraser and Andrew Maclean travelled to Edinburgh in September to attend the awards ceremony at the very smart RBS headquarters close to the airport.

RBS Real Heroes award

The ceremony was hosted by the lovely Carol Smilie.


Sid receives his award

Our Hero Sid

Sid really wasn't quite sure what all the fuss was about but was quite happy to be photographed wearing his sash and rosette.

Picture of Sid the horse