A new RDA Centre in Stirling
Following the devastating closure of the Bannockburn RDA group in 2014 RDA UK, the umbrella organisation based in Warwick, supported some work in 2015 to identify a location for a new centre.
Work on this project is now led by the locally based trustees of EQUI-POWER with continued support from the wider RDA community.
The project has engaged with local planning professionals, councils, land-owners, local RDA supporters, other 3rds sector organisations, schools, and existing riding establishments and other RDA Centres.
Following a thorough search of potential sites and consultation with a technical team, comprising a surveyor, engineer and architect, the 83 acre site Kildean, owned by Stirling Council, is currently the preferred option. The site offers excellent access to Stirling and surrounding areas as well as a good grazing with beautiful views of the castle and Wallace Monument.
We aim to develop a welcoming, environmentally sustainable and financially viable centre where the welfare of the horses being of key importance.
It is planned that the centre will generate revenue from riding lessons for the general public, horse livery, a community café, hires as a training venue for riding clubs and pony clubs, and equine facilitated learning for a wide range of clients.