Can competitive events have therapeutic benefits?

This article, originally published in the National Championships Programme, is now available for you to read below

In the RDA Trustees Annual Report it reads, ‘The focus of our work is to ensure that each individual has the chance to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and the opportunity to achieve their personal goal, whether that be learning a very simple skill or winning a major competition.’

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Page Last Updated: August 1, 2012

Wormwood Scrubs’ Sister Mary-Joy part of Olympic Torch Relay

Tuesday 24 July, Sister Mary-Joy Langdon from Acton will carry the Olympic Torch in the Kingston to Ealing leg on Day 67 of the Olympic Torch Relay hoping to keep a number of different flames burning strongly. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: July 23, 2012

RDA AGM 16 November Saddlers Hall

This year’s AGM will be held on 16 November at Saddlers Hall in London. Do come along if you can. We would particularly like to increase the number of riders and drivers who attend the AGM.

More information from Julie Dargie at RDA National Office

Page Last Updated: July 18, 2012

RDA riders selected for ParalympicsGB

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is celebrating the announcement of the Paralympics GB team for para-equestrian dressage. Of the five riders chosen to represent Great Britain, four started their equestrian careers with the support of RDA.

Multiple Gold medalist, Lee Pearson is an RDA Honory Life Vice-President and was supported by RDA early in his equestrian career. Sophie Christiansen started riding with RDA for therapy and today trains at South Buckinghamshire RDA. Debbie Criddle rides at the Conquest RDA Centre in Somerset and Natasha Baker started riding with RDA on the recommendation of her Physiotherapist.

“Congratulations to the whole team,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher. “This selection will mean so much to RDA riders and volunteers everywhere, who can feel rightly proud of the part they play in helping people like Sophie and Lee get all the way to the top of their sport. RDA’s 500 Groups across the UK provide opportunities for 28,000 people with disabilities to enjoy and benefit from equestrian activities – and to find out just how much they can achieve.”

Page Last Updated: July 10, 2012

Physiotherapy Survey Update


It’s not too late for Groups to return the Physiotherapy Survey. The deadline was Monday 2nd July but responses are still being inputted and every response is valuable.

Denise Robertson, Head of Therapy said, ‘As of 5th July we’ve received 168 returns, which is a good and we are grateful to those Groups who responded promptly. However, more replies would be even better. A survey is only as good as the data provided for it.’

Send in your survey and make sure your experience and views help build the full picture.

Page Last Updated: July 5, 2012

RDA National Championships – Rider Times

All rider times for the RDA National Championships are now available.

They can be downloaded from here:


Page Last Updated: July 4, 2012

Physiotherapy Survey

All Groups will shortly receive a questionnaire and covering letter that is part of a survey to map the therapeutic support available throughout RDA. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: June 19, 2012

Goodwill continues as official Countrywide partnership draws to a close

After three successful years, the official partnership between Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and Countrywide Farmers has come to an end. The partnership, which has raised nearly £150,000 over the past 3 years, featured RDA as both the staff and corporate charity for Countrywide. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: June 19, 2012

Four Honours for RDA in Jubilee Year

RDA is celebrating following the announcement that four of its volunteers have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Ro Pudden, RDA Senior Instructor and National Equine Welfare Officer; Mary Axford, Chairman of Treborth RDA; Barbara Johnstone, Group Instructor at Ravelrig RDA and Annette Dorsey, Trustee at Harrogate RDA have all been awarded MBEs in recognition of their outstanding work for the charity.

Ro Pudden offered her thanks “to the horses and helpers who make it all happen,” and said the most difficult thing has been keeping the news quiet. “I just wanted to tell everyone,” she said. Barbara Johnstone’s MBE comes hot on the heels of her Inspiring Volunteer of the Year Award, presented last week by Volunteer Edinburgh.

“Congratulations to all four volunteers,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher. “It is always great to see RDA recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in this Jubilee year it seems particularly special. Annette, Ro, Mary and Barbara are all long-serving RDA volunteers, who continue to make a difference to the lives of hundreds of people with disabilities every year. These Honours are so well deserved and I wish them all well.”

Page Last Updated: June 18, 2012

A Joyful Jubilee Day

Ken Caswell from Bambers Green Carriage Driving Group reports back from a wonderful day at the Queen’s Jubilee Picnic at Buckingham Palace.

On Sunday evening we were driven to our London hotel by Deborah (one of the whips from our group) and her husband. This started what was to be wonderful experience – better than we could ever have anticipated. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: June 18, 2012

Win “Your Horse Live 2012” Tickets

RDA are pleased to be the chosen charity for Your Horse Live 2012 taking place at Stoneleigh Park,  Warwickshire on 10 and 11 November 2012.

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Page Last Updated: June 6, 2012

Mother & Daughter hoping for National Success

A mother and daughter from the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell have dreams of achieving success at the highest level after both qualified for the RDA National Championships which will take place in Hartpury in Gloucestershire in July.

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Page Last Updated: May 30, 2012

Ravenswood RDA celebrates new saddle for gift horse Missy

Ravenswood Riding & Driving Group in Berkshire is having a double celebration. Not only has the Group been gifted a new driving and riding pony called Missy, but local Saddler, James Turner, has kindly provided her with a new saddle for a very special price in recognition of the amazing work of the Group. “Everything about Missy seems to be lucky!” says Vanessa Gordon at Ravenswood. “She’s a great driving pony, but without a saddle we wouldn’t be able to make use of her for riding as well. Thanks to the amazing support of James, Missy will be able to help many more of our clients.”

Page Last Updated: May 30, 2012

Saddle for sale

Thorowgood Synthetic remedial saddle with detachable knee and leg rolls plus seat support (black). £85. Contact Rosie Ker, Maisemore Group RDA, 01452 790200.

Page Last Updated: May 15, 2012

Your Invitation to the HETI(UK) Spring Forum

On Tuesday 29 May, 2012, 11am – 4pm at The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy, Avon Tyrrell, Bransgore, New Forest BH23 8EE.

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Page Last Updated: May 30, 2012

Dressage Judges Training Day

The next RDA Dressage Judges Training Day will take place on Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at the West Mercia Regional Qualifier to be held at Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands, the day is open to Judges, Instructors, Dressage Coordinators and Riders.

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Page Last Updated: April 26, 2012

Royal visitor for Maisemore RDA

At the recent Ledbury Hunt Point to Point, Maisemore Group RDA had the unexpected bonus of a special Royal visitor to their trade stand. HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the RDA, stopped to browse and chat with volunteers in between studying the racing in which one of her horses, trained by daughter Zara Phillips, was competing.

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Page Last Updated: May 30, 2012

A great opportunity for our young participants from the Douglas Bader Foundation

If you are 6-18 years old and have a physical disability you could become a Bader Brave Young Aviator. Take a completely free flight on a light aircraft. Find all the info here: Douglas Bader Foundation

Page Last Updated: April 18, 2012

Diamond Jubilee Concert winners announced

Mr Ken Caswell from Bambers Green Carriage Driving Group and Chelsea Bloomfield from the Wilton Group have won a prize draw to each receive a pair of tickets for the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in June. Congratulations to Ken and Chelsea.

Page Last Updated: April 18, 2012

Are you an Olympic torch bearer?

RDA volunteers and participants across the country have been chosen as Olympic torch bearers – and if you’re one of them we’d love to hear from you. Please email and tell us your story.


Page Last Updated: April 16, 2012

British Dressage Para Coaches Convention 2012

The final line up of presenters at the British Dressage Para Coaches Convention, which is to be held at Moulton College on April 28th 2012, has been announced. The day is open to all interested in developing their skills and knowledge in Para Coaching, which Britain currently leads the World in Equestrian sport having won every team Gold since the discipline was first introduced into the Paralympic Games in 1996. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: March 21, 2012

Dressage Judges Training Days

This year we will be holding two Dressage Judges Training Days, these are open to Judges, Instructors, Dressage Coordinators and Riders. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: March 21, 2012

New Carriage for Argyll RDA

Argyll RDA Driving Group recently took delivery of the last carriage to be built by Jack Clyne. He and wife Maureen have been supporters of RDA for many years. However, due to various health issues, he has decided to hang up his tools but I’m sure he will still be found tinkering in his workshop.

Page Last Updated: March 13, 2012

RDA recruits Head of Therapy

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has appointed Denise Robertson as Head of Therapy.

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Page Last Updated: March 4, 2012

Trek Through Africa and raise money for RDA

Take an unforgettable trek through deepest Africa, to the Rift Valley.

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Page Last Updated: February 22, 2012