The objective of the Riding for the Disabled Association is to give the opportunity of riding or driving to any disabled person who might benefit in their general health and well being. Working across the spectrum of disabilities, age range, social status and urban and rural environments, our focus is to help each individual to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and to achieve their personal goal.
Bradbourne RDA is a community of volunteers specifically trained to ensure that our activities are carried out in a professional, safe, friendly and fun environment.
We have a number of riding and carriage driving coaches together with over 140 active volunteers to coach and assist the riders and carriage drivers. They also look after the horses and ponies which are of varying sizes to accommodate many different riders and carriage drivers. Those horses and ponies have been particularly chosen for their temperament and have been carefully trained for RDA work.
Bradbourne RDA provides the opportunity for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities from the age of four and a half through riding and carriage driving, enabling them to:
Reach therapeutic goals: improve muscle tone and posture, develop fine and gross motor movement.
Achieve their personal ambitions: sit on a horse or ride in a carriage for the first time, learn new skills.
Combat social isolation: build relationships, enjoy events and competition, developing self-confidence.
Develop life skills: improve communication, be a team player, take responsibility.
Experience the outdoors: ride or carriage drive in the countryside, access rural Britain.
Connect with animals: bringing positivity and optimism, adding a new element to life.
We encourage our riders and carriage drivers to take RDA proficiency tests and to compete in local and regional RDA competitions. We are also involved in a country wide course, ASDAN, which allows riders to gain a recognised award in horse care and management alongside their riding or carriage driving skills, as assessed by the RDA proficiency tests.