Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria

The freedom to take the reins

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COVID-19 UPDATE 18 September 2020: Easing of restrictions in Regional Victoria from 16th September 2020
In accordance with the DHHS Restricted Activity Directions (Non-Melbourne) (No 5) we are
pleased to advise an easing of restrictions which will allow members to broaden their
equestrian activities.
Any Centres wishing to plan a resumption of operations please contact Edwina Boase-Stratford at edwina.boase.stratford@rdav.asn to work through a stage by stage return to riding, as reviewed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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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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Taking the Reins New Research Report

Taking the Reins – NEW RESEARCH REPORT! RDA Victoria joins with La Trobe University and Victorian State Government in research project In 2019, RDA Victoria worked in conjunction with the Victorian State Government and researchers at La Trobe University to undertake a project titled: “Taking the Reins: an exploration of the impact of Therapeutic Horse-Riding … Continued

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