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The Role of RDA

By Guy Ockenden

RDA logoRiding for the Disabled has been operating in NZ for over 50 years. NZRDA provides interaction with horses to develop increased ability, independence and self-esteem for children and adults with physical, intellectual, emotional or social challenges. NZRDA is an organisation of 55 RDA Groups nationwide and each year they welcome over 3,000 riders. They are supported by over 500 horses and 1,800 volunteers. Each year they deliver over 81,000 riding sessions!

Guy Ockenden, CEO of NZRDA has been with the organisation for 10 years. During this time his focus has been on the development and the delivery of effective training programmes for volunteers to ensure that those people that come to RDA are receiving a world class service. This focus continues, as well as the goal to be able to deliver safe and effective programmes in more local communities to benefit more riders.

The presentation will cover:

  • What Riding for the Disabled is
  • The extent of RDA in NZ 
  • The focus of our work 
  • Raising Funds 
  • Volunteering 
  • Plans for the future
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