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.

“It is amazing what a healing effect horses can have… that might bridge the gap that a well-intended human just can’t do.”



Black Pony
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.


Bay “Thelwell”
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”.

If you know of a horse that may be suitable to join our Team, please complete the form on the Donate a Horse page and we will be in contact with you to discuss further.

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings you in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.”


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

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RDA (NSW) is a volunteer organisation providing equine assisted activities for people with disabilities to develop and enhance abilities
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