Joanne brings home ribbons at national RDA competition

Joanne Cuddy came home from her first ever RDA nationals with two ribbons and a placing last week. Joanne has been riding with RDA for two years now and hopes to see more success in the sport of dressage in the future.

The 2019 Riding Develops Abilities (RDA) National Discipline Championships were held earlier this month and one Maryborough competitor brought home several ribbons for her efforts.

Joanne Cuddy of the Maryborough RDA branch claimed a third and a fourth in dressage at the national championships held at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre earlier this month.

Joanne and said her first ever nationals appearance was “a dream” and one that hopefully leads to bigger success in the future.

“It was a dream of mine to go (to national), I just love riding horses and competition,” Joanne said.

“One day I’d love to compete in the Special Olympics. That’s my ultimate dream.

“To get there you have to qualify and put in a lot of practice and do a lot of extra training, but it’s definitely something I have thought about.”

Joanne’s passion for horse riding and the style of dressage in particular has extended past the RDA and into private lessons as well.

With state titles on the horizon next month, Joanne and her four-legged nationals partner, Kiara are diligently training to hopefully add some more ribbons to their repertoire.

For more on this story see Page 34 of The Advertiser, Friday, October 11


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