SOUTH BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION

SOUTH BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION

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SOUTH BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION

South Bucks RDA is a full time disabled riding centre, with over 100 riders regularly using the facilities. Riders can be children attending special schools or day care facilities, adults from residential or special training centres, and individuals. 81% of riders are aged under 19 and 45% of riders come from ethnic minority communities, with many from low income families or themselves on a low income or unemployed (2003-4 Group Census). The right horses and ponies, working in partnership with instructors, physiotherapists and all the other volunteers at the Group, mean we can offer disabled people the opportunity to develop their self potential, despite their disability. Riders’ disabilities include: autism, blindness, brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, learning difficulties, limb amputation, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis and spina bifida.

All riders are encouraged to achieve – from sitting upright on a pony for a count of ten, taking proficiency tests in riding and stable management, riding to meet the National Curriculum, or competing at regional, national and international levels. And, we can only offer these opportunities for achievement thanks to the commitment of our team of volunteer helpers; and thanks to the generosity of donators. We receive no government funding. The group is entirely funded by donation, relying totally on individuals and organisations to continue to offer successful and enjoyable therapy, recreational, educational and sport riding in safe and secure surroundings.