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 celebrated our 5th decade in 2022!
The benefits of RDA are enormous. Just ask any of the school staff or carers who bring the riders to our sessions and they will tell you that our riders don’t just gain core strength and co-ordination but also confidence and social skills. Most of all, they also have huge fun!
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 called 'The Golden Ride'.
Our coaching team, leaders and side walkers are all volunteers. We have continuous training from our region and at home. First Aiders attend all sessions. Our volunteers are amazing, turning up rain or shine and giving so much to ensure that each participant gets the most out of their time with us. (It is extraordinary what the promise of cake and a good chat will achieve!). If you think that you would like to join our wonderful team click on the volunteer tab below.
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."