Board Members

Jan Croser - RDAA Chair

Working with people is Jan's passion and being able to combine that with her understanding and respect of horses and the improvement of circumstances for all people in our community led her to being a co-founder of RDA Horsham Centre, Victoria, in 1981.  Personally and professionally, for over 35 years, Jan has been working with and advocating for people with disabilities.  Some of those roles within her local RDA Centre have included instructor, horse manager, treasurer, president and grants/fundraiser officer.  On a State Level in Victoria she has been involved as a coach, assessor, Centre support chair and RDA V Board Member.  On a professional level, Jan has spent over a decade as Director of Disability Services for West Wimmera Health Service, Disability Services Manager for Wimmera Uniting Care and served on many operational committees.

Lesley Monro - RDAA Director

After a very successful career in publishing, working with some of Australia's leading publishing houses in senior management roles, Lesley relocated from Victoria to the Northern Territory in 2000.  Lesley's passion for all things equestrian and being able to support people with special needs is what drew her to RDA in the Top End and in 2001 Lesley started as a volunteer.

Lesley has been Centre Manager since 2003 and in 2006 gained her Level 2 Coach and National Assessor qualifications.

In 2012, Lesley was the National finalist for the Telstra Business Women's Nokia Business Innovation Award.

Lesley is very passionate about training and mentoring volunteers and coaches with disabilities and works closely with various pathway programs offered by the Northern Territory Government.

Kelly Lovely - RDAA Director

In 1990 a girl guide opportunity led Kelly to a lengthy volunteer stint at Riding for the Disabled which, in turn, led her toward becoming an Occupational Therapist.

After a lengthy corporate career, Kelly now consults in Health & Safety, risk management, audit and compliance and acts as a coach and business mentor.  She is  non Executive Director on several Boards.

Kelly is thrilled to have returned to RDA and to be again working on the lives of people with disabilities across Australia.  On a personal note, Kelly is passionate about sport, is a mother of 3 boys and, with her family (mother Pip is also an RDA  volunteer) sponsors a Tall Timbers horse.

Peta Rak - RDAA Director

Peta was elected to the RDA Australia Board in November 2017.  She has worked as the Senior Veterinarian at Illawarra Animal Hospital in New South Wales since February 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney.  Peta frequently works with various people in the equine industry and brings much knowledge regarding horse health and welfare to the National Board.

Peta has a personal connection to RDA, her first experience with RDA was during high school when she volunteers with her mother, RDA Coach Lesley Hewitt, at the RDA Moorabbin Centre.  This was continued  through volunteering with RDA Daylesford and working with her brother, David Rak, who has competed at State, National and International competitions.

Peta has three horses of her own and has competed at local and regional level across several disciplines.

Anthony Grant - RDAA Director

Anthony joined RDA Alice Springs team after spending most of his life in remote Australia.

Living and working on stations, first as a station hand, then to head stockman, Dusty (as he prefers to be called) has most recently spent the last five years managing stations up to 5.5 million acres in size.

Dusty has a passion for horses and helping people so joining RDA in 2015 gave him the opportunity to put the two things that drive him into a worthwhile career.

Dusty has experience training staff in station and horsemanship skills and brings an abundance of knowledge to the RDA setting.  He is a great mentor for anyone keen on moving into or learning about station life, stock work and horsemastership.  He has also worked with the youth correctional and diversion units in Alice Springs to engage with troubled youth with an Equine Therapy program.  As Central Australia has a large Indigenous population, Dusty has worked with the the Department of Education to help set up a Certificate 1 & 2 course in stable hand/horseman ship as a VET course, assisting young Indigenous get enough points to complete their Year 12 and take valuable horse knowledge back to their community or further their education to source future employment in the racing industry, mounted police or any other number of equine jobs.

Nina Arnott - RDAA Director

Nina was a co-manager of a Not-for-Profit residential youth camp for 40 years, running horse riding activities for young people, managing up to 200 volunteers each year.  A number of groups from schools who attended these camps were students with various disabilities and interacted with horses at our camps.  While there, Nina set up and ran a private Registered Training Organisation to train and qualify our staff and others, as instructors in various Outdoor Recreation activities including teaching horse riding.

Over the years, Nina has been a Board Member of various horse related groups and school councils and in 1992, helped set up Horse Safety Australia Inc, a NFP incorporated organisation to promote safety in the horse industry.

Involvement with HSA included helping develop the Australian Horse Industry COuncil's Code of Practice for Horse Activities, Safe Work Australia's Guide to Managing Risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses, Safe Work NSW's Code for Horse Activities in the Workplace and the Adventure Activity Standards for Trail Riding.

Nina has also supplied reports as an expert witness for use in litigation involving safety in horse activities and provided advice on risk management in horse activities to private businesses, associations, councils and government groups.  Through Horse Safety Australia, since 1992, Nina has been a clinic assessor providing qualifications for instructors and trail guides in all disciplines.

Judy Doyle - RDAA Director

Judy Doyle has been involved with RDA for over 25 years, setting up and running RDA Mildura Centre in Victorira and gaining her Level 1 coaching qualification in 1996.  Judy has followed this by since gaining her Level 2 qualification and becoming a National Assessor.

21 years ago, Judy had a major accident, breaking her spine and pelvis in 5 places.  She spent 2 months in traction and then overcame the challenge of learning to walk again.  Judy feels this gives her an insight into the 'other side', knowing a little of what it feel slike to not be able to do something.  As a Coach, Judy gets a lot of pleasure seeing hte smiles on faces when riders get total enjoyment out of doing something they never would have been able to do without RDA and the incredible horses, ponies and volunteers.

Outside of RDA, Judy holds a LEvel 1 qualification with Equestrian Australia and lives on a 100,000 acre what and sheep station in outback NSW with her husband.  Judy holds a Certificate in Small Business Management and also worked as a Personal Care Assistant in a Nursing Home in Mildura until retiring in November 2017.

 

Company Members

Riding for the Disabled Association of ACT. Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Queensland Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association South Australia Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association Tasmania Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Western Australia Inc.
 
Associate Members
 
New South Wales
Riding for the Disabled Deniliquin Inc
 
Northern Territory
Riding for the Disabled Alice Springs Inc
Riding for the Disabled in the Top End Inc