RDA(NSW) Ryde Centre provides therapeutic riding programs to develop and enhance the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning of children and adults with disability.
The benefits of therapeutic equine activities include the improvement of balance and posture, promotion of body awareness, increased planning and decision making, improvement in gross and fine motor skills, sensory stimulation through activity and surroundings, development of eye-hand-coordination.
The activities are designed by our Coaches for each rider to improve their health and well-being in many ways.
Quality of Life
Our therapeutic horse riding classes are run by qualified RDA(NSW) volunteer Coaches, who are certified in First Aid, and assisted by our volunteers.
When: We run fortnightly or weekly classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays during the school term. Each class is roughly 30-45mins in duration.
Please be aware that we are currently only able to offer each rider a place in our program for 1 Semester (if riding weekly) or 1 Year (if riding fortnightly).
Where: Classes are held in our undercover arena on site at Ryde Centre, Marsfield, NSW.
How: We currently have five horses of different shape, size and temperament. Our horses are generally led by an experienced volunteer and our riders may be assisted by one or two side walkers as required.
Fees: Fees for 2022 will be confirmed during the enquiry process. Fees include a Rider Registration / Insurance Fee & a semesterly Program Fee.
Note: The fees must be paid before the program commences. For those riders on a self managed NDIS plan, we can provide a paid invoice and document supporting how RDA benefits the rider so you can claim against your package.
Rider Expression of Interest Form
Unfortunately due to high demand and full waiting lists for all classes, we are not currently taking further Rider Expressions of Interest.
Please contact us in February 2022 or follow us on Facebook for more information and stay up to date with our Centre.
If you would like to be involved with our Centre in other ways, please visit see our Volunteering page for more information.
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, present and future.