The Riding for the Disabled Association

(RDA) is recognising and celebrating the support of the hundreds of equine vets who work with its groups across the UK.

The RDA Vet of the Year award, sponsored by Merial Animal Health, is nominated by RDA groups and the winners will be announced at the charity’s gala awards evening in September, hosted by Clare Balding.

Vets are recognised for the help they offer RDA, the times they have gone “over and above” to help pony or horse and the difference their support has made to an RDA group.

The RDA said many of its groups relied on the support and expertise of equine vets. Ed Bracher, RDA chief executive, said: “we know how grateful our volunteers and riders are for the care their ponies and horses receive, and this award is a great chance to say ‘thank you’ from all of us at RDA. This award has also opened our eyes to the level if support some veterinary practices give their local RDA groups, including free workshops and training, help with fund raising and even free consultations.”

Louise Radford, Merial’s equine marketing and technician manager, said “RDA group vets work extremely hard and continually go the extra mile. This award is a chance to acknowledge their huge commitment and contributions.”

The RDA Gala Awards will take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on September 30, with special guests including Jonathan Agnew and Alastair Stewart.

For further details, visit www.rda.org.uk