Presidents’ Award

Epsom RDA is very proud that long standing volunteer, Jo Lee, was presented with the National Riding for the Disabled Association Presidents’ Award from HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at a ceremony held at the RDA National Centre on 5 November. This is the most prestigious volunteer award presented by the National Riding for the Disabled Association and is awarded for exceptional dedication. 

Jo said “When I first arrived at Epsom RDA as a teenager I never for one moment imagined that I would still be volunteering there over 30 years later and that Epsom RDA would become such an important part of mine and my family’s life. I am delighted to have been recognised in this way, but I am mindful that I am one individual representing the wider Epsom RDA community. It is a community that I am very proud to be part off especially so in the recent challenging circumstances.” 

In her over three decades of service to Epsom RDA Jo has made an outstanding contribution to the charity frequently going the extra mile for the benefit of the charities’ riders, volunteers and ponies. As well as coaching disabled riders on her regular Wednesday evening riding sessions she is responsible for managing the herd of horses and is a Trustee.  Most recently she has brought the experience from her professional life as a School Business Leader at a large local primary school to contribute to the processes to keep Epsom RDA Covid safe for its’ volunteers and riders.