National Coaches Workshop 2023

RDA Australia 2023 National Coaches Workshop 

When: September 1st – 3rd 2023

Venue: Marcus Oldham College, 145 Pigdons Road, Geelong Victoria 3216

The 2023 National Coaches Workshop is available to all RDA Nationally Accredited Coaches and all L0 Coaches in training. Once again, we are thrilled to have Marcus Oldham College facilitate us with their hospitality and college accommodation.

The event will be practical, interactive, and engaging for RDA Coaches of any level of experience, as it will consist of a mixture of small rotational groups, information session electives and interactive discussion groups.

The 2023 National Coaches Workshop is an event that is not to be missed!

Session times and dates at a glance

Friday 1st September 2023

2pm: Registrations open

5pm: Welcome drinks, RDA Australia Q&A Panel, Community BBQ.

Saturday 2nd September

9am: What is the functional state of play in RDA centres? With Justin Dent.

10.30 am: Rotational group sessions

4pm: Discussion groups

6pm: Dinner and organised event

Sunday 3rd September

9am: Rotational group lesson planning

1pm: Information session electives


10.30AM Rotational group sessions

Communicating with horses, risk management, and training structure. With Nic Tassone from Raising the Standards

Coach with courage: Teaching riders of all abilities. With Mary Longden

The workplace mindset of an RDA coach. With Justin Dent

4pm: Discussion groups

Attendees can choose to attend one of four peer led discussion groups. This will enable our coaches to express their ideas and acquire knowledge of what works in other RDA Centres.

The topics will be about:

  • The Coach Educator role: How it works and how it could work better.
  • Centre culture and people management.
  • Volunteer training and recruitment.
  • Personal development support for the RDA Coach.


9am: Rotational group lesson planning

Progressive and inclusive lesson planning. With Mary Longden

Senses and Fun Program – Decision making, developing relationships, work life skills and communicating effectively. With Nicole King from RDA NSW

1pm: Session Electives

  • Autism Communication
  • The complexities of Downs Syndrome
  • Auslan in RDA setting: practical examples of communicating with Auslan while handing a horse.
  • Practical solutions for riders with Cerebral Palsy and how to apply these to an RDA setting.
  • Empowering Level 1 Autistic girls and young ladies to embrace their love of horses.
  • Communicating with participants who are blind or vision impaired
  • Coaching towards Para, Virtus, Special Olympics and other integration pathways.
  • Lunging
  • Basic horse health
  • Bits to suit each individual horse and purpose.
  • Horse Bio Security

More information session electives to be announced in detail!


To view full details of an individual ticket – click on the ticket below.

$350.00 inc. GST

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