About RDA Mackay

Mackay Riding for Disabled Association Inc. was established in 1997 by Owner/Operator of Mackay Horse Riding School on the corner of Beaconsfield and Harvey Roads, North Mackay, with the support of Senior Physiotherapist Anja Bard-Nordstrom.

Through contact with doctors, physiotherapists, volunteers and riders it was decided at a Management Committee Meeting that there is an identified need for MRDA to continue to offer this service to the Mackay Community.

The Mackay Riding for Disabled Association Inc., raises funds and co-ordinates volunteers to assist disabled children and adults who choose horse riding as a therapeutic activity. At the current time, we have two Level 1 coaches and two trainee coaches operating at Mackay Riding for Disabled. Our premises are located at 11 Loughnane Court in North Mackay. We occupy twelve acres of land, which is leased from Mackay City Council and Department of Natural Resources. We have six horses available at this time– most of these horses are leased or have been donated.

Coaches are responsible for the interaction, in conjunction with Centre Management, with therapists and teachers. Many students are referred to MRDA by physiotherapists involved in the special education units at local schools. The riding program is an integral part of the rider’s ongoing exercise and education. The benefits that our horse-riding program brings to the rider are too many to list. The progress that our disabled riders make each week is documented and the benefits to their health and wellbeing are enormous.

The safety of riders and helpers as well as selection of the right horse for the rider is always a top priority. Coach’s design and execute a workable program which includes classical equestrian principals as well as games which focus on promoting body awareness and improvements in posture and control. Games with balls, hoops, barrels, balancing, grasping, throwing and counting all encourage decision-making, participation and concentration. Horse riding stimulates the senses, stretches the rider’s abilities, and promotes confidence and self-esteem.