Tuesday & Thursday Day Coordinator, Feeder
Sheena has been a volunteer with RDA Ryde for about 15 years doing tasks such as horse care, leading a horse or side walking in classes plus a Friday Feeder.
Sheena started back in the days when RDA Ryde was located at Putney in the grounds of the Royal Rehabilitation hospital. She says her initial motivation was selfish due to a love of horses but then quickly saw the benefit and joy therapy horse-riding brought to the riders.
Those days in Putney were far less luxurious than our new home at Marsfield Park.
The horses had old bath tubs that frequently had smelly dead birds that needed scooping out compared to the fancy automatic water feeders now.
The old centre was a rattly cold old tin shed that served as a meeting room, tack room and equipment storage. There was no air conditioning.
There was no covered arena like at Marsfield, so classes at the old site on the side of a hill were very weather dependent.
However the role of volunteer has not changed.
Sheena says that over her time with RDA Ryde she has met some lovely people who are friendly, caring and supportive that all work hard but still have time for lots of laughs. She loves returning home at the end of a session tired but feeling very rewarded for the achievements our riders have accomplished.
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
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.