Samford Riding for the Disabled

Samford Showgrounds

Showgrounds Drive

Highvale, Qld

Email: rdasamford@gmail.com

Phone: 0458 246 883

Samford Riding for the Disabled Inc. is a Registered Charity

ABN: 19 168 257 678

Proud member of Riding for the Disabled Association Queensland (RDAQ)
Recognised as a Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia (RDAA) Centre of Excellence

Gerard Roche Electrical

Volunteer

Become a volunteer

Volunteering at Samford RDA is a great way to meet people, stay fit and make a real difference to the lives of others – so if you’re interested in joining us, we would love to hear from you.

You don’t have to know anything about horses to help. You can be involved in horse leading, side walking, fundraising events or care and maintenance of the horses, equipment and grounds. Whatever suits you! As a volunteer, you’ll be trained and valued – and you’ll find working at Samford RDA both rewarding and fun.

How

For your safety and ours we require all Samford RDA volunteers to complete a centre induction before commencing a volunteering role. The Volunteer Induction sessions usually run for 2-3 hours at our arena and will introduce you to the operational and safety requirements of Samford RDA. We also provide various training opportunities for volunteers during the year. Our Volunteer Induction Sessions are advertised regularly on our website and Facebook page.

When

If you are interested in assisting with lessons, we currently run lessons during school terms on:

  • Tuesdays (4pm to 7pm),

  • Wednesdays (8am to 1pm),

  • Fridays (7am – 2pm) and

  • Saturdays (7am – 3pm)

 

You can choose any day (or days!) to suit you and you can choose to volunteer for an hour or two or for the whole session. Any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated. Of course, anyone is welcome to come to the centre at any time during classes to observe what we do, or to assist in other ways such as grounds and gear maintenance.

What volunteers do

There is a wide variety of activities that volunteers can assist with around the Centre so there is a task for everyone's talents, including:

  • Lesson assistance

    • Grooming and saddling horses

    • Helping our riders prepare for riding

    • Leading horses during lessons

    • Side-walking during lesson

    • Assisting with games and activities

  • Maintaining equipment and cleaning tack

  • Grounds Maintenance

    • Mowing

    • Weeding

    • Levelling the arena

    • Maintaining our paths, sheds, fences and facilities

    • Working bees

    • Corporate volunteering days

  • Paddock maintenance

    • Shovelling, piling and bagging manure

  • Horse care

    • Includes preparing feeds for our horses

  • Events

    • Helping out with fundraising events and our regular pub raffle

    • Helping out with on-site events including competitions, conferences and shows

    • Representing Samford RDA at community events including the Samford Show

    • Assisting Samford RDA riders during off-site competitions

Requirements

We do have some requirements for volunteers:

  • the minimum age for volunteers is 14 years

  • all volunteers are required to follow the instructions of the coach at all times

  • all volunteers are required to have a Blue Card under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. We can assist you in filling out and submitting the paperwork if you do not already have a Blue Card. 

What to wear

Horse riding is an outdoor activity and you will be working in a sandy arena with 400-600kg horses. For safety and comfort all volunteers should wear appropriate attire:

  • closed-in shoes are required (joggers, riding boots or similar)

  • no open-toed footwear such as thongs, sandals or slides

  • clothing should be fitted, non-restrictive and not too loose or flapping

  • no dangling earrings or bracelets/bangles

  • caps and hats are ok but should be fitted so as to not fly away

 

If you would like to join us, please call Samford RDA on 0458 246 883, or email rdasamford@gmail.com

"I have a great time every time I volunteer with riding lessons. I love spending time with the horses and seeing the joy on the rider's faces. It is totally worth it! I encourage everyone to come out and volunteer at RDA".

“On my first day with Samford RDA I was thrown in and I loved it. Three years later, I am so proud of our riders and I am always impressed with how determined they are. I see improvements and achievements every week and I am also learning new things. I enjoy the friendships that I have made with the riders, their families and the other volunteers. We have a fun and supportive community and I love being a part of that. And I enjoy coming home smelling like horse every Saturday afternoon!”

“I volunteer because of the horses and the kids. I keep coming back to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and hear the laughs”.