Young disabled riders from the Exeter Group of Riding for the Disabled (RDA) were delighted when Princess Anne dropped in to meet them last week to commemorate the group's 50-year anniversary.
The Princess Royal, who is president of the RDA, arrived by helicopter, landing in a field at Oaklands Riding School, Exeter.
After a tour of the Oaklands stables, accompanied by owners Joyce and Jacky Newbery, she watched a display by nine riders helped by 20 RDA volunteers and presented them all with commemorative rosettes to mark the occasion.
To round off the celebrations in style, the Princess Royal cut an anniversary cake and unveiled a commemorative plaque.
Speaking at the event, Princess Anne said: "It is a rare treat for me to be able to celebrate 50 years as an RDA group because this is one of the oldest groups in the country.”
Bob Gaiger, RDA Exeter Group chairman said after the visit: “It was a great honour for us to have Princess Anne come and visit us.
"It was a really special day for everyone and a great way of thanking all our volunteers and supporters.
"Without them we would be unable to provide free and safe riding for disabled children in and around Exeter. We are looking forward to our next 50 years!"
For further information about the group, please visit www.exeterridingforthedisabled.co.uk