Meet the Committee


Ken D’Arcy  (Chairman).
I was born in Liverpool in 1947, but have lived in Barmby Moor since 1979.  I retired from the Home Office after 39 years – and my hobbies are bird-watching, gardening, and RDA . I became involved with the Group 18 years ago as a parent.  After a week or two, someone asked if I would be a side-walker, and shortly after that, if I would lead.  A year or so on, I was invited to join the Committee.  And now, somehow, I’m Chairman.





Angela Payne (Group Organiser)
Born and bred in North Wales, but have loved living in Yorkshire    for the last 30 years. Joined Ebor Vale as a volunteer in 1990 and Committee member since 1995 also Group instructor for both riding and carriage driving. I have ridden since the age of 11. I currently own two horses, one for riding one for driving. (purely pleasure, not competitive) I also own two dogs and enjoy gardening.




Alan Pringle (Treasurer/Safe Guarding Officer)                                Born & bred in the East end of Newcastle Upon Tyne. (A “Geordie” and proud of it!!) Married to Angela Payne, with 3 children. Now working part time as a Support Care Worker at Woldhaven Day Centre in Pocklington, having spent 31 years in the Insurance industry. I only play golf (badly!) now but I used to play football, badminton, tennis and loves all sport. I have been actively associated with the Group for 13 years now as a Volunteer and Treasurer for the last 7 years, and Trustee.



Catherine Anderson

I became involved with Ebor Vale back in 2002 simply helping lead the ponies in lessons while studying at college doing various courses in Equine. This has grown over the years and I’ve become more involved which is great. We have great ponies, great riders and drivers and amazing volunteers! During my time with the group I have also studied and achieved a degree and 15 + years within retail. My hobbies are horse riding/driving, socialising with friends and being in the lovely outdoors.



Ann Dowd  Born a Yorkshire lass in Doncaster, I have been married to Mike for almost 48 years and we have lived in Pocklington for the last 33 of those. We have two children and three grandchildren.  When I began volunteering at RDA 10 years ago I didn’t realise how much I would come to love helping our riders, seeing the pleasure they get out of what they do, and the progress they make. Over the years I have met many amazing families. As a lapsed rider myself I also love horses so for me it’s the perfect place to be.  My hobbies include volunteering at the Arts Centre, Yoga, Gardening, walking miles with my dog Bracken and trying to keep up with my very lively grandchildren.



Gail Bentley (Instructor/Fundraising)
I began as a Volunteer Helper with no horse experience and have now progressed to Riding Instructor, Fundraiser and Champion Therapist for the Group.
I have been with Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled for 20 years now and every session brings its own magical experience. Even after all this time I continue to be amazed by the overwhelming benefits that riding and carriage driving bring to our clients throughout each season. I work privately as a Holistic Therapist with Neuro Linguistic Programming, Life Coaching , Massage and Healing/Reiki , and incorporate these skills into the Group where appropriate. My aim, alongside a good cup of tea and a fantastic set of volunteers, is to provide a friendly, fun and therapeutic service. I am privileged to be a supporting part of the Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled Group. Don’t ever look back on your life and “wish you had”..
My advice,”Join us as a volunteer now.”


Brenda Cullen (Parent Representative) I was born in York and have been married to Dave for nearly 30 years. Referee to 5 children, two of which have learning delays and one who is Autistic. I have been bringing one of my daughters to Ebor Vale since 2011 and in 2016 i was invited to join the committee as a parent representative. I enjoy being part of the group because i love to see the riders grow and build their confidence throughout the seasons. Horse riding has such a calming effect on the riders and i would strongly recommend volunteering to anyone thinking about it.



Pauline Hall (Secretary) I first started helping with RDA at the York and District group in 1980 when I lived in York.

I enjoy it now just as much as I ever did and am privileged to work with a lovely crowd of people and some wonderful ponies at the Ebor Vale group.

To anyone thinking of joining us, do please come along for a very warm welcome, a cup of tea and the chance to participate in a very worthwhile cause.