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.”



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.

Kade is generously sponsored by Joan and Judy


Palomino Welsh Riding Pony
Mare, 14hh

Angel was born in 2016 and joined our team in 2022. She has a very friendly, inquisitive and playful nature which makes her very easy to love and quick to trust.

Hobbies: Dancing and cuddles

Angel is with us under lease. Thank you to her generous owner!


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!)

River is generously sponsored by Nikki and Sue


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


Chestnut Quarter Horse Cross
Gelding, 15.2 hh

Goose was born in 2016 and joined our team in 2022. As a younger fella he loves playing and learning with our older and ‘wiser’ horses – especially Jim.

Hobbies: Sporting events and playing with his friends (horse or human, he isn’t fussy!)

Goose is generously with us under lease. Thank you to her generous owner!

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.

“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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