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Accessibility Mark Reaches Landmark

The Accessibility Mark project, a national scheme providing more riding opportunities for disabled people has now reached a milestone with 30 centres up and down the country approved.

Through the Accessibility Mark scheme riding centres can form an association with the RDA, without the requirement to set up a charity, opening opportunities to centres that were unable to set up a charity. Accessibility Mark allows centres to affiliate to the RDA and benefit from their wealth of knowledge with very little change to their current set up.

RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher said: “It is very exciting to have reached this point in the development of the Accessibility Mark.  The project is allowing more disabled people to get active and experience the benefits of riding.  It is really important that the equestrian industry makes sure that we are accessible to as many people as possible and RDA is proud to be helping this become a reality”.

Most riding centres already teach some riders with disabilities but value the training, support and guidance that Accessibility Mark offers, giving clients reassurance that the centre has been assessed to the high standards set out by the RDA, and ensuring the staff have confidence in their ability to provide a first class service that can be enjoyable to riders of all levels.

The 30 accredited centres are opening up a new avenue for disabled people to access sport and activities in their local area, in support of their local RDA centres who are often massively oversubscribed with an extensive waiting list.

Riding can have a hugely beneficial effect on a range of disabilities, as well as a therapeutic response for those with autism and mental health concerns, and for this reason demand is high.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide you with a first class service and an experience that aims to be hugely beneficial. There are currently 30 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

For a full list of Accessibility Mark centres please visit www.rda.org.uk/taking-part/accessibility-mark

Page Last Updated: May 26, 2016