Shop is a first for Cotswold Riding for the Disabled


Cotswold Riding for the Disabled has announced the opening of its first store at 35 High Street, Tewkesbury.

Not only is this a first for them, but it’s also the UK’s first Riding for the Disabled store.

This shop will complement the other Cotswold RDA shop located in the Longleven cooperative community space.

Lesley Gorton, Managing Director of Cotswold RDA, said: “We are extremely grateful to Midcounties Co-operative for working with us in this unique collaboration.

“Our shop will be an Aladdin’s cave of pre-loved clothing, especially country and equestrian clothing. Pre-loved clothing is sustainable and eco-friendly fashion. Why not challenge your friends and

family to a ‘used’ Santa! “

The inauguration will take place at 11am on Saturday 4th December and will be led by Edward Gillespie OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Lesleuy added: “We would be happy to accept donations to the store, before the opening date. Just knock on the door or ring the bell at the back of the store (at the end of the alley on the side).

“We are also looking for volunteers to help us run the store. Just a few hours a week would make a huge difference to us, whether working in the store or in the staging area. Details are available from the boutique team on 07949 115080.

“Cotswold Riding for the Disabled is much more than a riding school. We have created a community of people who come together to ride ponies or to allow others to ride.

“We know that contact with ponies provides excellent therapy for young and old alike, living with all types of disabilities. We can see and measure the benefits for those who accompany us, both in terms of physical and mental health and well-being. Not to mention the FUN! “

Join Cotswold RDA as a member and enjoy many member benefits. You can sponsor a pony and offer horseback riding to an adult or a disabled child. Visit the website: for more details.


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