Disabled riding group on verge
BUNDABERG'S Riding for the Disabled group is one step closer to opening with thousands of dollars raised for the cause by Queensland Pony Club Personality Quest entrants.
Almost $17,000 was raised for RDAQ (Riding for the Disabled Association Queensland) by keen entrants from across the state and Queensland Pony Club vice-president Megan Wray said a substantial chunk of that change was headed straight for Bundaberg's group.
"We are so, so close now," Mrs Wray said.
"We've got the venue, we've got the horses and we've got about 20 volunteers."
Mrs Wray said she was certain the club would be up and running next year.
"There isn't a doubt in my mind - we'll have something next year," she said.
Pony Club Personality Quest entrants have been working hard for the past few months to raise money for the RDAQ and Eden Black was announced as Bundaberg's winner at a recent pony club dinner.
"Choosing between the girls was so hard," Mrs Wray said
"All of the girls did really well - it was wonderful to see."
Mrs Wray said Miss Black's commitment to the Riding for the Disabled Association made her the winner on the night.
"Eden did it not because she thought she'd win but to help the RDA," she said.
"She said all she ever wanted to do was be an RDA coach.
"Her heart was really there for the right reason but they were all so great."
Miss Black said she was surprised to find out she had won the quest.
"There were so many beautiful girls there," she said.
"I definitely wasn't expecting it."
Miss Black said she was thrilled that the RDA would soon be up and running in her home town.
"The RDA is something that is very dear to me because it is another branch of the pony club," she said.
"It's a way for me to give back the brilliant experiences I got when I was a kid.
"I have a lot of friends who can't ride horses because of injuries so for them to sagely get up on a horse would be amazing."