What RDA does

RDA Centres provide suitable horses, trained volunteer helpers, accredited RDA coaches, riding and safety equipment to run a range of equestrian activities including:

  • structured riding classes
  • recreational horse riding
  • hippotherapy
  • mounted games/competitive riding
  • vaulting
  • carriage driving
  • dressage
  • equestrian camps

Role of the RDA National Office

  • Governance - administers the organisation according to the Governance principles recommended by the Australian Sports Commission
  • Communications – both internally, to our own State Associations and Centres and externally, to promote the work of the Association
  • Coaching and Program Delivery - support, development and delivery of Coaching Programs
  • Developing external links with other, connected organisations
  • Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion
RDA National exists to support the Member Groups and Volunteers that make up the organisation. RDAA does this in three specific ways:
1. Support and development of Member Groups and volunteers

  • training structures and programs
  • rigorous quality assurance system across all Member groups
  • support and advice on governance and legal issues
  • help and support with volunteering issues
  • sharing best practice through National & State conferences and events
  • support with PR and profile raising
  • representation of our Member Groups within other bodies
  • negotiation and provision of insurance for our Members’ activities

2. Support for Participants

  • Advice and help with obtaining special equipment
  • A system of training progression from beginner, through a series of Proficiency tests
  • RDAA runs the RDA National Championships – Australia’s biggest single competitive event in equestrian events for riders with disabilities
  • RDAA provides a pathway through to National and International competitions at Pony Club, Equestrian Australia, Paralympics and Special Olympics

3. Specific Activities

  • Defining standards and guidelines for activities, with the emphasis on the special needs of our participants
  • Promotion of new areas of activity (e.g. Vaulting and Hippotherapy)