Our Coaches are all volunteers and they put in a lot of time to progress through the extensive practical and theory required to achieve the various levels of Coach within RDA (NSW). All must be a Certified First Aider, attend workshops and put in many practical hours each year to maintain their coaching credentials.
Each day the Coach prepares a therapy lesson plan designed to assist all the riders in their classes. This can be done in conjunction with the doctor, physio, school and parents. The progress of the rider is monitored throughout the program.
Coaches are also responsible for training new volunteers and with the selection and training of new horses being considered for our riding program. Many hours go into working with a new horse to determine if it is that ‘special’ horse. The Coaches are responsible for all horse related matters in the Centre including the care, maintenance and feeding requirements of our horses.
There is no greater pleasure than seeing a rider progress whether it’s being able to sit up and support their own body, hold a flag, recognise a colour or shape, left from right. The best of all is seeing the smiles on the faces of our riders, their parents and grandparents and knowing that we are helping in a small way.