Meet Our Team


RDA riding coaches are qualified under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. They have skills in horsemastership, safety, medical knowledge, first aid, teaching, selection and training of horses. Many are also highly qualified and experienced in other professions including special education, physiotherapy and other para-medical fields.  Each week our coaches assist children and adults with disabilities enjoy the therapeutic benefits of horse related activities.

RDA is always seeking to increase the number of trained coaches.  RDA provides training to its coaches through an accredited training system in 3 progressive stages: Orientation to Coaching (OTC), Level 1,  Level 2

If you are interested in becoming an accredited RDA Coach please contact our Centre.


Get Involved and Make a Difference

Our volunteers are part of a dynamic team working together to deliver the best possible service to as many clients as

Volunteers share their time and talents to support RDAASW, and in return RDAASW provides its volunteer team with a wide range of interesting opportunities and experiences.

You could be supporting a client during a riding session as a horse leader or side walker, or caring for our horses after the ride.

RDAASW need volunteers help with ground maintenance and to take on administration duties in the office. We need talented fundraisers and board members to ensure we
continue to practice good governance.

RDAASW also needs the help of people with skills specific to horses: farriers, vets, horse husbandry, carers during the holidays.

And we are always on the lookout for reliable, stable, “bomb proof” horses and ponies, whether to buy, free lease or accept as a donation.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer with RDAASW contact our Centre.


Special Horses for Special People

RDA horses and ponies come from a variety of backgrounds and pathways.  The can be ex-pony club, horse club or riding school horses.  Even retired high performance dressage horses

RDA gives these lucky ponies and horses a new lease in life and career opportunities. They in return, offer total unconditional love. It’s a win-win situation for all!

The ideal RDA horse is between 11hh and 16hh (a hand is equal to 10cm), between 8 and 18 years old and well-mannered, experienced horses with good temperaments.  They can be wide or narrow, but should be sound. Typically horses used in the program are owned (purchased or donated), loaned/leased or sponsored and are trialled for suitability before they are integrated into the RDA program.

Horses undergo regular training and exercise to keep them fit and strong and in good mental health.

At the end of their RDA working life our horses and ponies are returned to their previous owners or retired to pasture

Do you have an hour to spare?

If you are a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, riding coach or can see any way you can help RDAASW’s clients with an hour or two to spare, give us a call or send us an email – we’d love to hear from you.