News

RDA farewells a friend

REMEMBERING ROY: Ballina Riding for the Disabled Association members Peta Best, Kristen Ableson and Kerry Johnston at the grave of Roy the horse, which passed away recently.
REMEMBERING ROY: Ballina Riding for the Disabled Association members Peta Best, Kristen Ableson and Kerry Johnston at the grave of Roy the horse, which passed away recently.

BALLINA and District Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) volunteers have farewelled a special friend, Roy.

Roy was one of the horses at the North Teven RDA centre and passed away on November 6.

Roy had an attack of colic and, after a discussion with a vet, the decision was made to euthanase the much-loved horse.

Roy arrived at the RDA centre in April 2007 after being rescued by the RSPCA in February that year.

Secretary of Ballina RDA, Kerry Johnston, said the RSPCA officer who rescued Roy promised he would find a loving home.

"When found, Roy was in the final stages of starvation and tripping over sticks on the ground," Kerry said.

"We decided to accept the care of Roy as a gesture of thanks to all the wonderful horses who have given us so much.

"Our caring for him was not dependent on him becoming a ridden horse for the centre.

"He would be cared for and loved for the rest of his life."

Roy arrived at the centre in good condition with little indication of the terrible times he had experienced, although he still had eye and hoof problems.

Roy was eventually ridden by very young riders as well as teenagers.

But in 2008, he started to show signs of stiffness in his neck and back and he was retired from the riding program.

"Roy taught us to be forgiving and not to hold any malice in our hearts," Kerry said.

"Pure unconditional love flowed from this horse to everyone who met him - young and old. All have been touched by his gentle loving nature. Many hearts were healed by being in the presence of this horse."

Roy's former owner was fined $18,000 by the court for cruelty.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police investigating Ballina incident

Do you recognise this man? Police would like to speak with him.

Can you identify this man?

Rubbish collections back on agenda

BULKY RUBBISH: A Ballina Shire mayoral candidate has raised the issue of kerbside collections for the region.

Kerbside collections of bulky rubbish on the agenda

Latest deals and offers

Legal poppies will make you die, not high

A NEW crop will be popping up across the state after all sides of politics agreed to lift a ban on poppy seed farming for medical use.

Police investigating Ballina incident

Do you recognise this man? Police would like to speak with him.

Can you identify this man?

Rubbish collections back on agenda

BULKY RUBBISH: A Ballina Shire mayoral candidate has raised the issue of kerbside collections for the region.

Kerbside collections of bulky rubbish on the agenda

Battle over North Coast lake road continues

BATTLE FOR ROAD: Lennox Head's Stop the Lake Road Closure committee spokesperson Pip Carter (back, left) with NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres who has described the decision to close the road as odd.

Battle to keep road open is not over

Local teen actor to star in cult horror

Nicholas Hamilton.

Nicholas Hamilton, 16, has cemented his Hollywood career

John Williamson winding up for another Gympie Muster

John Williamson is bringing some new songs and artists to this year's Muster.

John Williamson is back and ready to put on his best show ever

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m