Bundaberg RDA

Our horses and ponies provide therapy and fun to people with disabilities

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Bundaberg Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary and not-for-profit organisation, which provides both therapeutic and recreational horse riding programs for children and adults from 3 years to 73 years of age, with disabilities that may affect their quality of life.

The centre provides riding and other horse-related activities that will benefit people with disabilities, such as:

  • Intellectual & Specific learning disorders
  • Injuries from accidents
  • Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy & Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease and other degenerative conditions
  • Visual and hearing impairments
  • Autism and many more.

The therapeutic benefits gained from horse riding are many and varied. They affect our riders’ lives in many ways including: improving core strength and stability, developing co-ordination and balance, enhancing speech and communication skills, building confidence and enabling social interaction. In addition, horse riding provides a fun outdoor activity for people who may find it difficult to participate in mainstream sports.

Our service runs most weeks on the first, second, third and fourth Wednesdays: 9 am -1.30 pm., school holidays excluded.

We welcome volunteers to our group and provide regular training to ensure the best possible experiences for both clients and volunteers.

Bundaberg RDA has several qualified RDA coaches and is able to provide training for volunteers wishing to gain competencies, certificates and accreditation’s in our discipline.

We welcome anyone wishing to become involved in:

  • Lessons:
    • coaching;
    • horse handler;
    • side walker;
    • setting up equipment .
  • Horses:
    • grooming;
    • tack maintenance;
    • leading.
  • General Maintenance:
    • arena surface ;
    • stable cleaning.
  • Office work:
    • fundraising;
    • committee;
    • catering;
    • promotional and more.