It takes a very dedicated person to become an RDA Coach and we are very lucky to have our incredible team.

Our Coaches are all volunteers who have progressed through the required extensive practical and theory training to achieve the various levels of Coach within RDA (NSW). Coaches must be a Certified First Aider, and ensure mandatory requirements are met (e.g. workshops & practical hours) to maintain their coaching credentials.

The Coach-of-the-day is responsible for the preparation of therapy lesson plans for each of our riders. This may be done in conjunction with healthcare professionals, teachers & carers. The progress of the rider is closely monitored and programs adjusted as the riders develop and adapt throughout the program. 

Coaches are also responsible for training and induction of new volunteers and with the selection and training of new horses.  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.

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.


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, ride independently or take part in competitions.  The best of all is seeing the smiles on the faces of our riders, their parents and carers, and knowing that we are helping in a small way.

About Us

Founded: 1972 by Pearl Batchelor OAM
Patrons: Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of NSW and Mr Dennis Wilson

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P. (02) 9868 2223

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RDA(NSW) Ryde Centre
118-120 Culloden Rd,
NSW 2122

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