New President at RDA – and a volunteering opportunity for horse lovers

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Ryde has a new President – Martin Yu. RBF extends a warm welcome to Martin and looks forward to meeting him at future events.

You might not be aware of exactly what RDA does, and how it helps people with a disability in our area. To read the latest newsletter from RDA, click here: RDA Newsletter Easter 2014

RDA’s horses live right here in Ryde, and RDA is looking for volunteers to help with the horses: mucking out, feeding and grooming the horses. You don’t have to be a rider or have experience… just be confident around horses and you’ll be given training. This is a great opportunity for horse lovers – do you know of anyone who would like to help? Read on :

Supporters of Riding for the Disabled (NSW) Ryde Centre (RDA Ryde) will have the satisfaction of being part of this special organisation and knowing how much your contribution is valued and appreciated – without you we cannot function – with your help, we can give more people the benefit of horse riding and the joy of being around horses.

RDA Ryde is a completely voluntary organisation which allows children and adults with disabilities to enjoy themselves while making physical, social and psychological progress through participation in riding and horse-related activities. It is the severely handicapped child experiencing the joy of physical freedom by riding a horse. It is the autistic man who starts to relate, first to his horse and then to the people helping him. It is the Down Syndrome child who overcomes his social inhibitions to become an integral part of the class.

There are many ways you can experience the joy of supporting our Centre:

Help with the horses

We need people who are confident around horses but no experience is necessary as long as you are willing to learn; all training provided. Roles and opportunities to volunteer vary and include:

  • Feeding these magnificent animals and cleaning the yards. The horses need to be fed twice a day – feeding and cleaning take about an hour.
  • Grooming and preparing horses for riding and assisting with lessons.
  • Lessons take all morning and currently take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Assisting with lessons – we need people to lead and side-walk our horses, interact with riders and talk to their parents/helpers, assist with gates and help set-up and set-down the arena.
  • Assisting with general care and maintenance – no horses involved.

Help with administration and fund-raising.

RDA Ryde is run completely by volunteers and we receive no recurrent funding for operating expenses. In order to provide this service, we are totally reliant on the generosity of individuals, community groups, local business and various grants. All of which need annual application. Bright ideas of how to increase our liquidity, and assistance in this regard are always welcome. Luckily we have a strong core of experienced and dedicated volunteers but we always appreciate assistance from people with experience to share. Looking to the future, we need people to help with administration and to look after and manage our Centre, volunteers, our riders and our horses.

Help with donations, gifts and bequests

All monetary and in-kind donations over $2-00 are tax deductible.

To care for each horse costs about $5000 per year. Every amount, small or large, helps. Why not support us by “buying a horse for a year” or leaving RDA an amount in your will.

If you or your organisation is interested in full or part sponsorship of a horse or two, please contact us for our horse sponsorship package. Naming rights on horse yards and the arena are available.



CONTACT:             Riding for the Disabled Assoc. (NSW)