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Riding For the Disabled

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Richmond Centre 

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Riding for the Disabled Association NSW Richmond Centre was established in May 2014 on land within the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury campus. Its grounds lie within the ‘New Secret Garden’ Community space operated by North West Disability Services.

The land, formerly home to Hawkesbury Stud is approximately 15 acres and consists of numerous paddocks, yards and stables, a round yard and sand indoor arena. RDA Richmond is currently taking new, individual and group bookings by appointment.

ABOUT RDA

The primary objective of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is to provide  people with a disability, the opportunity to ride and enjoy all the activities connected with horse riding. Riding for people with a disability is both therapeutic and recreational and RDA is in fact one of the few organisations who offer a multi-diagnostic service, catering for people with a wide range of disabilities.

The objectives of RDA(NSW) are to encourage, support and assist Centres to provide riding therapy, sport, recreation, training and safety programs for people with disabilities. RDA(NSW) programs in horse riding, carriage driving, dressage, cater for people with all kinds of disability including intellectual disabilities, specific learning disorders, injuries resulting from accidents, cerebral palsy, psychiatric disorders, spinal bifida, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, thalidomide, visual and hearing impairments, autism and amputees.

Horse riding is a unique form of exercise and rehabilitation. The complex movement of the horse helps to improve coordination, balance, muscular development and fitness. Horse riding and horse related activities assist greatly and often dramatically in the development and restoration of personal confidence, self esteem, communication skills, leadership and trust. For people with challenging behaviour for example horses offer a powerful medium for restoring a sense of personal control, which significantly improves behaviour towards family, teachers and friends.

Volunteering at RDA Richmond Centre

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Volunteering at RDA Richmond is a rewarding experience. You'll have fun, learn new skills and meet a great bunch of people all while giving back to your community.

There are plenty of different roles on offer - Become a coach, rider assistant, horse handler, maintenance worker or fundraiser. There are a range of non-horse related jobs too including catering, assisting riders to prepare for class and helping with games.

You don't need any prior knowledge of horses, we provide full on the job training. And we are flexible with how much time you can give.  Whatever time you can spare and whatever your talents may be, we would be happy to have you

Volunteer training days are held Saturdays once per month.

Download these documents below for more information...

Volunteer Training Day Flyer

Participant Consent & Medical Information Form

For all enquiries regarding RDA  please contact Lisa at NWDS 9686 4155 or lrutkin@nwds.org.au