HORSES from the Riding for Disabled Association of Tasmania (RDA Tasmania) Kalang will be very well fed this winter thanks a large donation of chaff from the Hobart Vintage Machinery Society.
The 50 bags of feed, which are valued at around $1,000, were donated to the Glenorchy centre ahead of the society’s ‘Farming Heritage Expo’, to be held in Cambridge from 11-12 March.
Hobart Vintage Machinery Society president Mal Dillon said a crop of oats had been grown and harvested in order to construct a haystack for the expo.
“We had surplus amounts of chaff left over and from past experience with the Kalang centre, we knew of the good work they were doing,” he said.
“Our club members visited RDA Kalang and experienced first-hand the enjoyment disabled people get from riding.
“Feed for horses isn’t cheap and there are not many organisations that need chaff, so it was an easy donation to make.”
RDA Tasmania centres provide equine activities that offer opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, stimulating and therapeutic horse-related activities.
The RDA Kalang centre, which has been in operation for more than 20-years, works with participants to improve their quality of life, attain personal goals and develop life skills.
RDA Kalang coach Lorraine Cohen said the donation would take a significant weight off the centre’s shoulders.
“The centre currently has seven horses to feed and take care of and this donation of chaff will last us for up to six-months and through winter, which is the hardest time of year,” she said.
“The donation will also mean that we can use our fundraising efforts for other things such as veterinary bills or any unexpected costs – it is a real safety valve for the centre.”
Ms Cohen said the Hobart Vintage Machinery Society had been a “fantastic supporter” of RDA Kalang for a number of years.
“The society had been a fantastic help, using its machinery to help us cart around hay bales and things like that,” she said.
“If we need a hand, we only have to give them a ring and we know they’ll be there for us.”
Caption: Hobart Vintage Machinery Society president Mal Dillon, left, with Riding for the Disabled Association of Tasmania president Jordan Bush with the large supply of chaff donated by the society.