Who we are
Our riders, volunteers, coaches & committee members are from wide and varied backgrounds and each have a vital role in the impact and positive change we bring about to our community. Read just some of the experiences from people within our Ryde Centre.
“After retiring and getting my first hip done in 2000, I joined RDA Ryde Centre which was then in Putney near Gladesville. At the time, I didn’t know what end of a horse was which, but soon got this sorted!!”
“Kade and I are a good team – we both have four ‘legs’ (I walk with crutches)… We do different activities throughout the lesson, our favourite is called ‘Stop-Go’ (sometimes Kade takes a few extra steps, but now I know how to make him go back if he cheats).”
Feng is vastly overqualified for the work he does with us. He has given every powered appliance in our centre a new lease of life by completely disassembling them to their smallest components and then reassembling them to his exacting standards.
Sheena has been a volunteer with RDA Ryde for about 15 years. She says her initial motivation was selfish due to a love of horses but then quickly saw the benefit and joy therapy horse-riding brought to the riders.
Our prize winning gardens are due to the amazing team – the Garden Gang – led by these two “superheroes” who have conquered (and continue to conquer) personal and health issues that have defeated many a mere mortal.
“I first started volunteering at RDA Ryde in July 2017 when a friend brought me along to volunteer. I had only minimal knowledge of disabilities and no experience working with children, let alone how to handle horses!”
We’re very lucky to have Sea Star as a regular in our Garden Gang. Since joining us a few years ago, he’s always found carrying out the most physically demanding and dirtiest of tasks around our grounds.
Ron settled into a life of volunteering after having “wasted” nearly half a century wandering the earth as an electronic vagrant.
“Initially I wondered if I had done the right thing to sign up as a volunteer when I had only thought of doing one particular thing but it has been the best job satisfaction I’ve had in years.”
Jessica & Sparkle
“A few years ago I started learning dressage and it is a challenge for me because I have to think about which way to go. After the class I am very tired because I am using my muscles, which is good therapy.”
RDA(NSW) Young Volunteer of the Year – Metropolitan Region
We are absolutely stoked that Jessie has been recognised now by RDA(NSW)! She has become a pillar of support at Ryde Centre on Saturdays and we hope this award encourages Jessie as she continues to grow into an amazing and valued member of our community.
Amber & Calvin
“I enjoyed volunteering and helping with feeding, mucking out the stables, grooming, learning how to saddle my horse, etc. I have made many friends at the RDA and really enjoyed the social interaction with the other volunteers.”
Founded: 1972 by Pearl Batchelor OAM
Patrons: Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of NSW and Mr Dennis Wilson
Get In Touch
P. (02) 9868 2223
RDA(NSW) Ryde Centre
118-120 Culloden Rd,
ABN 95 512 471 818 • CFN 12295 Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 All donations over $2 are tax deductible
RDA (NSW) is a volunteer organisation providing equine assisted activities for people with disabilities to develop and enhance abilities
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians, the Wallumattagal Clan of the Darug Nation, of the lands on which we live and work and pay our respect to Elders past and present.