The pupils from Kings Mill school attend a weekly riding session with the local Riding for the Disabled group.
One of the volunteers with group, Judy Burdass, has been selected for the President’s Award from the national Riding for the Disabled Association. At the end of term award ceremony at the school, pupils and staff presented her with a flower arrangement to mark the occasion.
The President’s Award was set up to mark the 40th anniversary of RDA and it is RDA’s most prestigious volunteer award. No more than 20 are awarded each year. The local group are obviously delighted that Judy Burdass has received one which will be presented by HRH Princess Anne, the president later in the year.
Anne Farnsworth, a volunteer from the local RDA group describes below why Judy was such a worthy winner.
She said: “Judy has been involved with Yorkshire Wolds Riding for the Disabled since it was started 40 years ago. She had worked at Kings Mill School and when her son Duncan was a pupil at the school, she immediately realised the advantage of riding to young people with disabilities. Since then she has worked tirelessly for the Group as a helper, as Chairman and as Secretary. Many young people have ridden ponies and have overcome initial nerves due to Judy’s determination not to give up. “No” and “can’t” are two words she will not accept.Her enthusiasm has enabled this group to keep going for 40 years and to be in a good position to continue into the future.”