Our History

Gaddesden Place RDA Centre was formed in 1974 by Trina Hall and grew rapidly to become one of the first full time centres in the region.

HRH Opens RDA Trina Drivng

HRH Princess Anne at the opening

Trina with a visually impaired rider

Thanks to the support of the Halsey family who own the Gaddesden Estate and tireless fundraising, we were able to build the indoor school and later the viewing area.

The picture shows the indoor school being opened by our RDA Patron - HRH The Princess Royal -in 1983. This was followed by the opening of the viewing area in 1985, named after the famous show jumper Caroline Bradley who helped get fundraising off the ground for the project.

These new facilities meant that riding would not be interrupted by the weather, especially during the winter months.

Sadly Trina died in 2002, but not before asking her helpers to keep RDA going at Gaddesden Place.

With the continued support of the Halsey family a new lease was secured. We also found sponsorship for new stables from a local company, resurfaced the riding area and kept the Group going as a full time RDA centre with volunteer management.

Yard before
Yard before
Yard after
Yard after

At the end of 2008, the Chiltern and District RDA Group, which had been based at Chalgrave Manor, was merged with the Gaddesden Place RDA Centre.

They joined us with their two school groups and volunteers.

Now established for over 40 years, Gaddesden Place has continued to thrive, but despite our continued growth, our survival is still very dependent on our dedicated volunteers, and fundraising.

School floor School floor