RDA International

RDA UKThe Riding for the Disabled Association, also known as the RDA is an United Kingdom based charity focused on providing horse-riding and carriage driving lessons to people with both developmental and physical disabilities.

The Association was originally founded in 1965 as the Advisory Council on Riding for the Disabled with just 9 Member Groups and became Riding for the Disabled Association in 1969 when membership had grown to 80 member groups.

The president at that time was Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk with HRH The Princess Anne as Patron.

The Association used an office in the British Horse Society building and moved to Stoneleigh Park in 1975 which also saw the introduction of Carriage Driving as an activity and RDA drivers took part in the first World Driving Championships in 2002.

In 1986 HRH the Princess Royal took over as President.

The first RDA National RDA Dressage Championships took place in 1981 and were expanded to include all RDA disciplines with the First RDA National Championships.

The Association became a Federation of Member Groups in 1999 and RDA National became an incorporated body in 2004.

2007 saw the National Office move from Stoneleigh Park to its current location in Warwick.

The Association now has over 500 Member groups which cater for more than 23,000 Riders and carriage drivers.


Latest News

CANCELLED Special Olympics Qualifier - March 20th

In light of the current situation we would like to inform you that all RDB sessions are cancelled until further notice. Please take care and stay safe. We hope to get back to normality ASAP. 

Awards won at the Disabled Special Olympics - October 18th

The Riding for the Disabled Special Olympics Regional Competition was held on 18th October at Bensafrim.  RDB entered 9 Competitors for the competition: 5 from NECI, 2 from Algoz and 2 from Santo Amaro. 

These are the medals we won!

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Lucelia Wins Silver Medals At The Special Olympic World Games In Abu Dhabi

Lucelia Gloria, aged 30, a rider from Riding For The Disabled Barlavento (RDB) has won two silver medals at the above games. Lucelia won her two medals in the Level CS – English working trails and the Level CS – English equitation.

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