Our Programs

Lessons

We conduct our classes in a fenced, covered arena and surrounding areas at the Samford Showgrounds, Showgrounds Drive, Highvale. Our centre currently conducts lessons five days a week:

 

  • School programs – Disabled riders participate through their school or adult care group, and ride on Wednesday mornings.

  • Group and private/semi private lessons – Disabled riders enter the program independently and are grouped according to their skill on horseback. These lessons are held on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings.

  • Horsemanship program- Non-riding horsemanship program runs on Monday

Horse riding is a therapeutic activity which benefits riders in all facets of their lives.  Each rider has personal goals set for them, including physical, psychological or social goals.  RDA firmly believes that all participants should actively take part in their session.

Please note: We DO NOT offer "equine therapy"- this term refers to trained clinicians utilising horses in psychology or psychiatry-based sessions. Rather, we offer therapy-based horse riding lessons and groundwork program, overseen by highly trained and qualified riding coaches.

There are many benefits to be gained from riding and being involved with horses. The following list names just a few.

Participants will enjoy:

  • fun

  • social interaction and sense of community

  • freedom

  • physical therapy

  • improved balance, coordination and motor skills

  • greater strength

  • independence

  • something special and a personal challenge.

For more information about our lessons, contact us on 0458 246 883. 

Please be aware that we DO NOT offer one-off or casual rides- riders sign up for weekly lessons (during State school terms) to ensure maximum benefit from our programs.

Positions are allocated following an Expression of Interest process, begun in November of each year for positions in the following year. This process includes current riders.

We receive many more applications than we have available positions, so we feel that this is the most equitable way to ensure fair access for as many people as possible. Occasionally, vacancies arise during the year, which are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please also be aware that upper weight limits apply to our ridden programs, Currently, our absolute upper limit is 70kgs, but this may be lower depending on the disability and the availability of positions within the program.

For more information about our lessons, or to add you name to our Expression of Interest mailing list, please contact us at rdasamford@gmail.com or on 0458 246 883.

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