RDAA Patron - Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal GCVO

Princess Anne - RDA Patron

HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne became the Patron of RDAA in 1984. She is the President of Save the Children Fund and a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Horses and equine pursuits are her enduring passion. At 21, she won the individual European Three-Day Event at Burghley and was voted BBC's Sports Personality of the Year in 1971. She competed with the British eventing team for five years, winning a silver medal in both individual and team disciplines in the 1975 European Three-Day Event Championships held in Germany. The following year she participated in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games as a member of the British team.

Although she has given up competing, the Princess remains involved in the equestrian world. In 1986 she became President of the International Equestrian Federation. She is currently President of the UK Riding for the Disabled Association.

Vice Patrons

The late W. Roycroft O.B.E

W. Roycroft O.B.E. - RDA Vice Patron

Mr. Bill Roycroft was appointed as Vice Patron RDAA in 1992.

Bill Roycroft, gold medal Olympic equestrian, competed in his first Olympics in 1960. At the age of 45, he went to Rome as a member of the Australian equestrian team, and with one ride created an Olympic legend.

Roycroft went on to compete in four more Olympics and was winning events well into his 60s. His sons and daughter-in-law have followed his lead and the Roycroft family has featured strongly in the international world of horse riding.
Mr Roycroft was a legend in Australia and we were very grateful for his patronage - our paralympians received encouraging letters from him and his esteemable patronage made us proud to be counted among his many equestrian loves. He will be missed.

Tania Kernaghan

Tania Kernaghan - RDA Vice Patron

Tania Kernaghan is Patron of the Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia. RDA Australia adopted Tania's award winning song, "When I Ride", as their national theme song and asked Tania to be their Vice Patron in 1999.

Tania is a skilled horsewoman and is a favourite at "Celebrity Cutting" and other rodeo sports events. She holds her CAMS race car drivers license, was named 2003 Australia Day Ambassador, People's Choice Award recipient for Female Vocalist in 2000 and 2006 and became the first female to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Recently, Tania also participated as a member of the Judges Panel for the 2012 National Volunteer Awards.