Andover RDA Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1170641
The Riding for the Disabled Association is a national charity which began in 1969. Our local branch, Andover, is closely aligned with and supported by South Region and National Office. Andover RDA began in 1972 and we will soon have completed our 5th decade!
Adult riders are from Enham, Day Services and Mencap and we accommodate other adult riders who approach us independently. For people interested in carriage driving, we refer people to local driving groups.
Children come from Wolverdene, Icknield, Mark Way and Norman Gate special schools. We have a small ride for individually referred children which we started in our anniversary year, The Golden Ride.
Our coaching team and leaders and side walkers are all volunteers. We have continuous training from our region and at home. First Aiders attend all sessions.
4 rides operate from April to October and 1 ride for adults continues all the year round. We support carriage driving at Ashe Warren near Overton although our own driving group has sadly closed. We have pony care sessions for children from one of our special schools.
A National Charity
From the National RDA website:
"At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment for people with disabilities all over the UK. Our network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting and showjumping to up to 28,000 people each year.
We have been carrying out our life-changing activities for over 40 years, and take great pride in the exceptional standard of our instructors and volunteers (18,000 in all).
We offer activities for all age groups and to people with any disability – and you’re just as likely to find an RDA Group in an urban setting as a rural one. We rely on voluntary help, donations and legacies to deliver our services."