What is the Riding for Disabled Association?

For more than 40 years, the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has been delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities. Founded as a national organisation in 1969, the RDA now has over 500 Member Groups across the UK - together, these Groups help 30,000 people take part in riding, carriage driving and vaulting activities.

Although the RDA was set up to work mainly with people with physical disabilities, RDA Groups now work across the spectrum of disabilities, age range, social status and within both urban and rural environments. The focus of their work ensures that each individual has the chance to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and the opportunity to achieve their own personal goals.

RDA gives individuals the opportunity to:

  • Reach therapeutic goals: improve muscle tone and posture, develop fine and gross motor movement
  • Achieve their personal ambitions: sit on a horse for the first time, learn new skills, win a Paralympic medal
  • Combat social isolation: build relationships, enjoy events and competition, develop self-confidence
  • Develop life skills: improve communication, take responsibility, be a team player
  • Experience the outdoors: ride in the countryside, access rural Britain
  • Connect with animals: bringing positivity and optimism, adding a new element to life

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