It takes a very special horse to become an RDA horse and we are very lucky to have our incredible team.
All horses have a trial period where the Coaches work with the horse and observe their behaviour, how they react around children and adults, and being groomed and tacked. They are introduced to our activities equipment and participate being led in mock classes, all before being officially welcomed into the program.
Without our incredible team of horses, we would not be able to provide our therapy classes.
Gelding, 14.2 hh
Jeht was born in 1997 and joined our team in 2012. He is our eldest horse and is kind and nurturing to all our volunteers and riders.
Hobbies: Cuddles and being the life of the party.
Bay Anglo Arab
Gelding, 15.2 hh
Kade was born in 1998 and joined our team in 2011. He is a reliable and trusty steed (and goofball) who likes to keep the other boys in line.
Hobbies: Food and picking locks.
Dark Brown Brumby
Gelding, 13.2 hh
River was born 2002 and joined our team in 2012. He is friendly and social to both pony & human alike. Best mates with golden boy Jeht who keeps him in line.
Hobbies: Bird watching and horseplay (but only after work!)
Bay Stock Horse
Gelding, 14.1 hh
Rolly was born in 2007 and joined our team in 2019. He loves sporting and playing with Cutie. Although he comes from West of Gulgong he absolutely hates flies!
Hobbies: Rolling after working hard and chatting to the volunteers.
Rolly is generously sponsored by Rotary Club of Ryde
Gelding, 11 hh
Cutie was born in 2007 and joined our team in 2018. What he lacks in size he makes up for in energy! Initally named after Quentin Tarantino, but it is Fabio who he really embodies.
Hobbies: Jogging and a nice day at the “spa”.
Ollie was born in 1998 and joined our team in 2021. As a younger gentleman he enjoyed trail rides, jumping, mounted games, equitation & went on all sorts of adventures! As a more senior horse he is enjoying a more sheltered and sedated life amongst our Herd!
Hobbies: exploring the bush and finding new corners of our Centre to explore.
Jim was born in 2002 and joined our team in 2021. He is a true gentle giant. Solid, reliable and so sweet. Regardless of the obstacle before him his is calm and trusts his leaders and riders to see him through, just don’t ask him to jump!
Our herd receive hard feed at least twice a day due to not being on pasture, and have regular visits form the farrier, vet & dentist (yes, horses have to brush their teeth too!). Their continued upkeep requires volunteers attend the Centre multiple times a day to receive & distribute feeds, ensure their health, well-being and ongoing training is continued.
The annual costs of each horse is roughly $5,000 – $6,000 each year. To find out more about these expenses, or to make a donation please visit our donations page.
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 of the lands on which we live and work and pay our respect to Elders past and present.