Becoming a Rider

Who Rides With Us?

RDA Victoria provides equestrian activities for people with a wide variety of disabilites (Intellectual and Physical) and ages from 3-85.

Please view our Contraindications list for conditions that may restric participation in a RDAV program.

Each expression of interest to join an RDA Victoria program is assessed by the state office, to ensure that it is safe for the riders to participate in horse riding and related activities.

Every new rider or carriage driver must have their medical consent form signed by their medical practitioner. This is to ensure that it is safe for the individual to participate in the programs.

RDAV Programs include recreational riding (including dressage and jumping), carriage driving, vaulting, therapeutic riding, hippotherapy and horse mastership. Programs are developed and supervised by trained coaches using trained horses and trained volunteers.


There is an annual, non-refundable registration fee payable to RDAV. In 2018, this fee is $145. In addition, each Centre charges session fees ranging from $5 to $20 per session. This charge is determined by the overheads of each individual centre and is reviewed annually. Payment is usually made per term or annually.

Waiting Lists

There is currently a waiting list of 1 to 3 years at some metropolitan centres, particularly for Saturday sessions.

Most Regional centres operate only on week days and there may be waiting lists at some Centres.


The frequency of programs varies, but most centres offer weekly or fortnightly programs. It is important that clients attend as regularly as possible to obtain the most benefit. Advice of non-attendance is appreciated.

Mandatory Cancellation of Sessions

Sessions will be cancelled when the temperature is over 30 degrees. Sessions may also be cancelled for other reasons; for example, on days of extreme fire danger, particularly in rural areas.

School Holiday Programs

Currently, no programs are provided during school holidays.

RDAV is investigating the feasibility of providing holiday programs in the future.

What You Need

Please attend appropriately dressed for a physical activity. Shorts or skirts are not suitable; long pants are best. While waiting for a session to commence, a sunhat, or a rain jacket may be appropriate as is warm clothing in winter. Footwear should be sturdy and enclosed; thongs or sandals are not suitable.

Most centres provide mandatory helmets and boots to wear while riding.

Be Sunsafe; please wear Sunscreen.