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Scotty's Story

December 2013

Whakatu Group RDA recently celebrated the birthday of Scotty, one of their most well-loved Horses. The solid-looking Appaloosa turned a respectable 22 years old last month, with seven of those years being spent at Whakatu Group RDA, where he has helped change the lives – and win the hearts - of dozens of Riders.

Coach Pam Harwood says that Scotty stands out from the rest of the bunch thanks to his good nature.

“Scotty is extremely laid-back and gentle, everyone loves him and he especially loves children – whether they’re riding him or grooming his mane and tail.  He often likes to ‘take charge’ over the other Horses in the paddock, but in reality he’s a big softie.”

Pam also says that he has all the characteristics and temperament of an ‘ideal’ RDA Horse.

“He’s a solid size at 15.1 hands, and thanks to his nice back and build he makes a great therapy Horse for both child and adult Riders alike.  Scotty is so safe and dependable, he’s an absolute gem.”

Pam remembers taking Scotty to the Nelson Horse & Pony Breeders Show back in 2011, where he came away with several medals in the Halter class (including a first).  His love of the limelight might - in part - be due to his previous career as a ‘Western Riding’ Horse, which he was extremely successful at. 

He also comes from an impressive breeding background - his sire was Scottish Prince, an American Appaloosa Stallion that was imported into New Zealand in 1982, making him one of the first Appaloosa Stallions to come into our country.

Yet Pam says that he made the transition easily from the ‘big stage’ to the slower pace of RDA, and now he’s using his talents to help the Riders of Whakatu Group RDA achieve their goals.

Whakatu Group RDA, based in the Brook Valley in Nelson, currently rides five days a week.  Including Scotty they have eight RDA Horses (plus one pony), of all shapes and sizes for their 56 regular Riders. 

Read more about Whakatu Group via their Facebook page - www.facebook.com/WhakatuRDA


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