|Welcome by Jeremy Richardson – Director- Horse Rangers Association.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Director of the Horse Rangers Association, I took over from Geoffrey Godbold in the middle of May and am very pleased to be here based at the Royal Mews. I have ridden horses all my life and I have worked in many industries including oil & gas, aviation, automotive, defence and business, my experience has been in publishing, event organising, trade conferences and exhibitions and I have started, run and sold my own businesses.
For the past 8 years I have run a large successful trade association, charity and trading company, in central London.
I look forward to bringing and combining my business knowledge with my charity, and equestrian experience to the Horse Rangers charity and to growing and developing it and making a difference.
Do you know everything about what we do?
I am sure you are very well aware of the money you pay and the riding and horse management opportunities that Horse Rangers Association (HRA) offers.
You will know all about the waiting list for new members and the great sense of community that is created here.
One of the vital tasks here is to raise funds for the difference between how much you pay each month and how much it costs to run the HRA.
The short fall is about £333 extra per Horse Ranger per year or about £3000 per horse per year.
Please read on, we are not asking you for more money.
As well as the riding and stable management opportunities, as part of our Charity objectives we also offer (among other things):
- Reduced rates for children who are suffering hardship.
- Outreach days for disadvantaged children.
- Young carer days.
- Opportunities for disabled children and adults to ride, HRA is a member group of Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
- And we would love to a lot more of this.
More detail on the above is shown below but what I am asking you for is some help and ideas and people we can approach to raise funds.
We are getting more involved with the traditional fundraising routes, Children In Need, Lottery and local Grant giving institutions etc but I am keen for you to be a Champion for us:
Does the Company you work for give to charity, please give us the name of the contact person.
Do you have any contacts with people or Companies who give to charity ?
This would really help us and would be a good start, we will look separately at other more local and opportunistic ways of raising money but I would really like to hear from you first about any contacts you may have that we can approach for Grants.
Please email me directly at email@example.com
More details on the good work of the HRA
Young Carer Days
We run 10 days per year, depending on funding, giving young carers the opportunity to become a ‘Horse Ranger for a Day’. The young carers are registered with either Richmond or Kingston young carer networks. The day is an opportunity for respite for many young carers and a chance to focus on themselves.
The morning consists of a horse ride through Bushy followed by a tour around the stables learning about horse management and grooming. Learning to ride and control such a large animal encourages self-development, confidence and team work skills.
The children enjoy a pizza lunch and reflection on the mornings activities before taking part in a therapeutic art project after lunch. The project involves decorating a bag with images of the horse they rode. They are asked ‘What their horse thought about them?’, encouraging reflection and self-acknowledgment of their achievements. They are then awarded with a certificate, rosette and a lucky horseshoe as a memory of their day with the Horse Rangers.
Outreach Days for Disadvantaged Children
As above, we run around 10 days a year for disadvantaged children across the borough. So far in 2018 we have given opportunities to 100 children from 7 different schools and the response has been overwhelming. One teacher reports “All of the children who took part have stated that they loved their day and it is something that they will remember and treasure for the rest of their lives. To be able to watch the children engage so calmly with all of the activities from riding the horses to the art activities was a joy to see.”
Becoming a ‘Horse Ranger for a Day” helps give disadvantaged children the opportunity to participate in an activity that promotes self-belief, independence and encourages life skills. Learning that they can ride and manage a horse inspires their confidence in their own abilities.
Riding for the Disabled Squadrons
We currently facilitate 10 sessions a week as an RDA member group. Horse-related therapy and riding has many benefits for a range of disabilities. Riding is extremely beneficial for core strength, balance and coordination, benefiting those with physical disabilities. Riders also develop their fine and gross motor skills.
Physical confidence is inherently linked to self-confidence. To master control of such a large animal and to influence its speed and direction helps riders feel independent rather than dependent, helping self-esteem and self-worth.
Contact with horses is also widely known to have amazing social and emotional effects for children and adults with autism or autistic spectrum disorders. Feedback shows that many participants display improvements in emotional states since starting at HRA, particularly on riding days.
Awards Day Success:
24th June last week heralded another successful Awards Day, with our Patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent in attendance and more than 100 Awards and Promotions presented. It was a beautiful hot Summers afternoon and as usual Princess Michael was very attentive and wished to meet and greet as many Rangers as possible. Click here for a full list of Winners Awards Day 2018
HRA annual Gymkhana.
Please ensure you have this date in your diary…. September 1st 2018.
Further details and entry forms will follow shortly together with a request for volunteers for the day.
Any ideas you may have for stalls, tables or other ways to raise money for the HRA on the Day would be very welcome. Contact Justine Belcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you considered becoming a Trustee for the Horse Rangers Association?
We currently have 7 Trustees from different walks of life and we would be very keen to hear from you if you are an HR or Legal professional and this would complete the Trustee line up.
As a small bonus for getting to the bottom of this communication, as a weekend pastime I run and ride in Medieval Jousting Tournaments. Starting mid-July and ending at the August Bank Holiday me, and my team are at Hever Castle in Kent, pop along and say hello to me and I will give you a special tour of my fantastic Spanish horses. www.knightsroyal.co.uk
Dear Horse Ranger Family
Our accountant is leaving and we are looking for a replacement. Firstly, we would like to enquire if anyone within the Horse Ranger family would be interested in the position. Please refer to the job description below:-
Job Title: Accountant
Reports to: Director
A part time person (2 days/week) with overall responsibility for managing the finances of the Association. The candidate should be highly proficient in all aspects of book-keeping using Sage Instant, monthly accounts preparation and payroll processing together with cash management to include reconciliation of all bank accounts.
Flexible working is available with only 1 day per week required in the office
- Check Supplier Invoices matched with POs where applicable
- Post Supplier Invoices to Sage
- Handle Supplier queries
- Pay Suppliers
- Review & Post Weekly Banking Sheets to Sage
- Maintain monthly bank payments & receipts spreadsheets
- Post all Nominal Ledger bank items to Sage
- Reconcile monthly Petty Cash
- Reconcile the Bank Accounts at the month end
- Prepare month end Journals
- Prepare month end Accounts
- Reconcile Balance Sheet Accounts
- Prepare month end Accounts schedules for the Finance Committee & Trustees
- Continuously monitor Cash flow
- Maintain & update monthly Horse Cost schedule
- Pay Monthly payroll ( this is processed by an external bureau)
- Prepare monthly Gift Aid Submissions from Advantage Fundraiser
- Preparation of the Annual Budget
- Reconcile Year End Payroll & complete Inland Revenue Submissions
- Preparation of the Year End Accounts & supporting schedules for the Audit
- Assisting with the Annual Audit & dealing with queries
- Complete audit adjustments & update systems in to new year
Attend Bi Monthly Finance Committee meetings and attend AGM.
Expected hours – 2 days per week, with some flexibility for working from home.
Applications (including a CV) should be sent to the following e:mail address email@example.com by 15th May 2018.
Geoffrey Godbold OBE
The Horse Rangers Association