ENDLESS MANURE: Above, poo parties make up the less glamorous side of volunteering for RDA. Here, volunteers Karen Hori, Lizzie Saxony, Kirsti Kay, Meesh Hindmarch, Abby Hindmarch, 11, and Daisy Jones, 16, fill a trailer load of manure contributed to by horses Boy, Koda and Reggie. D8738-18

REGISTRATIONS are open for Riding for the Disabled’s annual Gingerbread Horse Challenge.

Eastern Bay Riding for the Disabled is asking the community to take part in the challenge so they can fundraise to purchase a “poo vac” to clean up after their 12 horses.

“Volunteers spend many, many hours a week picking up poo, and poo parties are also scheduled on a regular basis where the day is spent just picking up poo,” says Eastern Bay RDA’s Sheree Pask.

“Cleaning up after 12 horses is no easy feat and being both short on volunteers and time, we have decided we need to purchase a poo vac.”

The Gingerbread Horse Challenge involves baking and decorating gingerbread horses with a baking kit provided by New Zealand RDA, which are then sold to members of the public for $2.

Sheree says RDA receives no Government funding and relies on fundraising efforts like this and the generosity of the community to ensure it can continue to provide a high level of service to its clients.

PRISTINE: Horses Boy, Koda and Reggie watch on as RDA volunteers scoop up a trailer load of their manure. Photo John Morin D8738-03

RDA provides services for 80 riders and sessions are held Monday through to Thursday.
“Funds raised from the gingerbread horse campaign will contribute to purchasing a poo vac and to also recover unexpected costs occurred from the recent break-in at our property,” Sheree says.

To register for the challenge, visit www.gingerbreadhorse.co.nz and enter the code EBP10 to support the Eastern Bay RDA.

Registrations are open now and baking and selling can occur throughout August. Proceeds are asked to be donated before the end of September.

Sheree says if baking isn’t your forte, people can visit Eastern Bay RDA’s new website www.eboprda.co.nz to find out other ways they can support their organisation such as through the Givealittle page, how to volunteer and how to sponsor a horse, paddock, food or rider.