Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria

The freedom to take the reins

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RDA Victoria has monitored the evolving situation of the COVID 19 virus. RDA Victoria puts the welfare of all participants and volunteers in our community at the forefront of all we do. The RDAV Board has made the decision to suspend services at all RDAV centres by the 20th of March until further notice. RDAV would like to thank our centres, volunteers and participants for their support and patience during this difficult time. And we are sending out our best wishes to the community.

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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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An amazing smile 😃 to brighten up your day from RDA Doveton! @rdadovetonmyuna

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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Coach Educator and Assessor Workshop

Free workshop When:  Friday 28 February 2020, 10AM-3PM Where: Racing Victoria Manikato Room (2nd floor), 400 Epsom Road, Flemington   For current and interested Coach Educators and Assessors. Option to complete Coach Educator module on the day and will be recorded and available via webinar. Covering: Coach Education – Great Educators / Great Coaches Risk Assessment and … Continued

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