|Kimberley House RDA is DMU|
Equestrian's nominated charity
for calendar proceeds.
The charity chosen for proceeds to be donated towards is the RDA, the ‘Riding for the Disabled Association.’ Kimberley House RDA is a group that runs every week at Witham Villa Riding Centre changing the lives of people living with disability and really making a difference in their mental and physical well being. This great cause is held very close to home for some of our equestrian team members who have volunteered and worked alongside this charity both at home and at university, so the drive for sales is greater than ever.
The calendar first of all needed photographers and DMU Equestrian is extremely lucky to have two of De Montfort’s top photography students working alongside them for the year. Keegan Rigby and Zoe Nickola Walker had their cameras at the ready to shoot the calendar for our budding Equestrians. The 2013/2014 DMU Equestrian Committee were the first to be shot with some exciting dressage and show jumping photos to be taken, riding the horses that the teams train on every week allowing this years calendar to be the most personable and adventurous ever!
The number of girls who volunteered to do this years calendar was the biggest turnout ever with a mix of our top team riders, committee members and also our beginner group and social members. This reflects how much the society has grown and developed in the last few years with more and more people getting involved with Equestrian sport at De Montfort University. The day was a huge success and every single girl who took part left the yard with a smile on her face knowing that they have helped a really good cause.
The calendar offered a good volunteering opportunity for the students and was also a chance for our society members to bond and have an inspiring day out doing something unique and for a good cause. Becky Shraga, one of the DMU Equestrian committee members said it was a “Fabulous day out for all with a lovely group of girls battling against the weather getting their kit off, all in the name of charity, a true display of teamwork from all.”
The society is hoping to sell a record number of calendars to make sure the charity benefits to the absolute maximum with calendars to go on sale for £5.00 each at Witham Villa, the DSU shop and through all of our Equestrian members. The true stars of the day were the DMU Equestrian girls who took part and their dedication and bravery to the charity sending a positive and empowering message to all young women about body image and being truly comfortable in your own skin. This is yet another inspiring impact of producing the calendar and DMU Equestrian are only too excited to reveal it in the coming weeks.
|DMU Equestrian Promo at Witham Villa Riding Centre|
Photography by Keegan Rigby and Zoe Walker
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