Riding for the Disabled Association - Gordon Group

Riding for the Disabled Association - Gordon Group

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Local / community
  • Physical disabilities
  • Sports

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Through the commitment of our volunteers, RDA enables people with disablilities to ride to benefit their health and well being and to achieve their goals.  Gordon RDA provides riding therapy in the Inverurie area from our purpose built centre, we have clients aged from 5 to 50 with varying needs coming from SEN bases in local schools adult riders from local care centres and private individuals.  We have about 45 local volunteers helping us to deliver sessions.

We have found that our clients at RDA benefit in many ways -  for health, confidence, developing social skills and responsibility.   RDA  uses a Riding Tracker system, the results delivered nationally show 77% of riders experienced greater confidence, 75% experienced more enjoyment and 74% showed improvement physically.


We operate four days a week during the academic terms , with seventeen different sessions, there are lessons on Mondays to Thursdays during the day, evening sessions on Monday and Thursday. We have 7 horses/ponies available for our clients. Each session has an instructor, session coordinator and volunteer helpers with each equine.  We have an indoor arena and an outdoor arena for riding.  RDA Proficiency Tests monitor and measure progress

We have a chief instructor and five other instructors who teach individual sessions or are available for illness and holiday cover.  Two instructors hold RDA National qualifications and the remaining members of the team are regularly assessed, attend CPD and hold all relevant paperwork for Safeguarding, First Aid certificates.  The group has the support of a Regional Physiotherapist for clients who require specialist input.

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