The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) aims to have horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. The Association has been in operation for over 40 years, and has a network of 500 volunteer groups that organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, showjumping and Hippotherapy for up to 28,000 people each year.
RDA Groups offer activities for all ages and, wherever possible, to people with any disability. With over 18,000 instructors and volunteers, you are just as likely to find an RDA Group in an urban setting as a rural one! There are around 500 RDA Groups and Centres throughout the UK. These are mostly run by trained volunteers with a few paid staff in bigger Centres. Groups vary in size, opening times and in the activities they offer, but all Groups operate to the same high standards of training, professionalism and care.
Each RDA Group is an individual charity, and each has their own board of Trustees, highly qualified instructors and trained volunteers. Groups are supported by Regional representatives who provide training, education, physiotherapist support and publicity.
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne is the President of the RDA. She supports their work as a national charity and visits Groups as often as she can. Her tireless work and frequent Group visits provide a great boost to volunteers and participants.
The UK is split into 18 RDA Regions. Mid Cheshire Group are part of the North West region.