SPECIAL BOND: Jacinta Rogers, 14, and Max, one of the horses at the Ballina and District branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association, are ready for the Festival of the Horse, to be held on Sunday, July 29.
SPECIAL BOND: Jacinta Rogers, 14, and Max, one of the horses at the Ballina and District branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association, are ready for the Festival of the Horse, to be held on Sunday, July 29. DOUG EATON

Horse and pony party

THIS year's Festival of the Horse at the Ballina and District branch of Riding for the Disabled will be special.

The organisation's Kerry Johnston said they would celebrate with cake, a parade, the blessing of the horses and much more.

But the event will also be tinged with some sadness.

"We are dedicating the day to one of our beloved volunteers, Doug Sharpe, who recently passed away," Ms Johnston said.

"We are going to miss his sense of humour and his ability with the horses.

"It won't be the same around here without him."

The Festival of the Horse will be held at the RDA centre, located on North

Teven Rd on Sunday, July 29, from 10am.

Riders such as 14-year-old Jacinta Rogers, who has muscular dystrophy, are looking forward to it.

Her mum, Kerrie Rogers, has helped by organising a major fundraising raffle.

"RDA is just such an amazing organisation for disabled kids," she said.

"They learn so much and develop special bonds with the horses."



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