Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria

The freedom to take the reins

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Since 1970, RDAV has been a community-driven not-for-profit that enables people with disability of all ages and backgrounds to experience freedom and independence through equestrian activities.

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Your support helps people find the freedom to take the reins.

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Volunteering opportunities are endless- you could assist during lessons, care for and feed horses and assist with fundraising!

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Become a Coach

Develop your skills and make a difference

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Become a Rider

Get ready to take the reins.

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Our Story

The original inspiration for the RDA movement was the Danish dressage rider Elizabeth Hartel. Despite her polio-related disability, she won a silver medal in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.

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Our Programs

Recreational Riding

Riders develop skills and confidence—enjoying the freedom and exhilaration associated with riding.

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Therapeutic Riding

Riders enhance their wellbeing—strengthening muscles, developing mobility, improving psychological wellbeing.

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Carriage Driving

A challenging and fun activity suitable for those who cannot participate in riding programs and who use a wheelchair. Carriage Driving can offer the participant independence as well as developing their balance, self-esteem and motor skills.

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Riders extend their capacity—entering competitions, developing experience and reaching new levels of achievement.

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Carriage Driving at RDA Mornington ❤️ Mornington’s new facilities were recently launched at Mornington Racecourse. Drivers and Volunteers are over the moon about their new home!! Thank you to the MRC Foundation, Melbourne Racing Club, Racing Victoria and the Mornington Racecourse Advisory Group.


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Moorabbin Training Day

Saturday 8th February 2020 Barkers St., Heatherton Reserve, Heatherton 10.00 am to 12.00 pm Superior Sidewalking Background principles coaches need to apply and volunteers adopt. Presented by Sally Francis. Morning tea will be provided on arrival anda light lunch will be provided at the end. This will be very informative for all Volunteers, Assistant Coaches, … Continued

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