Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria

The freedom to take the reins

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RDA Victoria celebrates 50 years as the State’s foremost authority, advocate and resource for equine assisted activities for people with disabilities.

RDA Victoria's activities provide therapeutic benefits, fitness, life skills development, opportunities for achievement and are supported by qualified coaches and volunteers across 35 Centres throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria.

As an inclusive and diverse organisation, RDA Victoria welcomes and enables people with disabilities of all types (including intellectual, physical, sensory, and mental illness) and ages to experience enjoyment, personal enrichment and a sense of achievement through equine assisted activities. The organisation's focus is to sustain, develop and grow its programs for the benefit of our riders and future generations of riders.

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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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What's new at RDAV

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2023 RDAV State Championships Results

2023 RDAV State Championships Results

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Contact us now to become a volunteer, rider, driver or donor!

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