2021 RDAQ Annual Report

RDAQ Board Report

Following the huge challenges of the COVID pandemic, 2021 ends with a successful return to activities for most of our centres. The management committees of all eighteen centres must be congratulated for their determination and commitment to supporting their riders and volunteers through the past twelve months.

The achievements of 2021 show just how adaptable and innovative we can be when something as important as improving the physical and emotional wellbeing of disabled children and adults are our goals.

The individual successes of our members are many but collectively they include:

  • 420 people living with disability supported to actively participate in a range of programs.
  • 649 volunteers, aged from 12 years, gave freely of their time and energy to make RDA services possible in their communities.
  • Eleven (11) volunteers qualified as RDAA Accredited Coaches.
  • Fourteen (77%) of the 18 Member Centres assessed as successfully meeting the RDAA Centre Accreditation Standards, with eight (44%) Centres attaining ‘Centre of Excellence’ level accreditation. NB Two Centres are yet to be assessed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Two (11%) Centres placed in recess while they are supported to better meet all accreditation requirements and re-commence coaching in 2022.
  • Ten (10) Registered Coaches assisted by RDAQ to attend the RDAA National Coaches Workshop via Zoom conferencing.

The RDAQ Board responded to the many challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic by developing flexible, innovative approaches to meeting the needs of each Centre These included:

  • All eighteen (18) centres were provided with resource packs to assist with continuous training and improvement including ASLAN tools and Covid Safe resources.
  • Twenty-eight (28) participants from eight (8) centres attended the 2021 Covid-Safe State Conference. The interactive two-day event was held at the Samford RDAQ Centre with participants remaining Covid safe while taking full advantage of the wealth of experience and knowledge offered by the four (4) highly qualified presenters. Sessions spanned both coach and volunteer training, with positive feedback provided by all. Sadly, the Covid restrictions meant that this was the only workshop held this year. However, planning has already commenced for several local workshops to be held in regional centres throughout 2022…Covid permitting.
  • RDAQ State Championships were held as a ‘Virtual Competition’ with nine (56%) active centres from across Queensland submitting videos for judging by international RDA judges and Para Olympian coaches, Mary Longden and Sally Francis OAM. Over 100 riders competed in a range of events detailed in the RDAA Test Booklet 2015 and the Para Equestrian Tests: Equestrian Australia Dressage Rules.
  • Meeting, training, and assessment activities were held via Zoom teleconferencing.
  • All centres were supported with resources and technical advice to meet or exceed the RDAA Accreditation Standards and Horse Welfare Regulations.
  • All centres were provided with access to the tools and information they needed to meet state and national government COVID-19 requirements as well as their ongoing legal and financial obligations to their governing bodies.
  • A RDAQ Vaccination Position Statement was developed to ensure that all centres were aware of the requirements of Queensland Health and SafeWork Australia to reduce the risk to all people who visit RDA centres of acquiring vaccine-preventable illnesses. The document complements the RDAA Position Statement Covid Vaccination Requirements for RDA released in October 2021.

The Board also undertook a review of the RDAQ Rules of Association to ensure the rules continue to reflect the legal and administrative obligations of an incorporated, not-for-profit body in Queensland as well as to provide a governance framework able to meet the changing and diverse needs of all RDAQ members into the future.

I am delighted to confirm that our core grant funding has now been secured to September 2022, with Physically Active Participation and Capability Improvement being the primary goals of the funding. On behalf of the hundreds of people who benefit from the services offered by our members, I would like to sincerely thank the Queensland Department of Sport and Recreation, our major grant funding provider, and our other major supporter, Greg Grant Saddlery, for their ongoing invaluable support. Once again Kohnke’s Own have supported the RDAQ centres through the drought by suppling horse supplements and horse care products.

It has been a tough year, but the RDAQ and its members have worked through the challenges while focusing on the people living with disability who benefit from our services! I am confident that 2022 will be another year of achievement and smiles on the faces of many.


Toni McIntosh, Chair RDAQ Board

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