Southland Riding for the Disabled Association

Southland Riding for the Disabled Association

Southland RDA helps people in our community be the best version of themselves they can be. We do this through horse riding and horse care.


Southland RDA has held a place in the hearts of many Southlanders for more than 40 years. And there's not many people you'll meet whose family, extended family, friends or acquaintances haven't been helped by RDA somewhere along the way, or they've stepped up to help as volunteers.

Our volunteers are our mainstay - without those who give their time, we wouldn't operate - simple. Our volunteers are involved in all aspects of RDA - feeding, caring, training our horses, helping with paperwork, cleaning, and of course leading and sidewalking with our riders.

Southland RDA runs on a shoestring. We run purely on the fees charged to our riders, fees from the use of our arena, and grants we apply for. If we don't get grants, then the amount we need to charge our riders increases. This isn't fair on the riders, as their families usually have extra costs involved in the care of the rider anyway.

For this reason, we come to you and ask, can you help? Maybe you can't help out with your time, but can you spare us some change? $3 buys us a pack of bikkies so our invaluable volunteers can have something for morning tea. $8 buys us a bale of hay for our horses. $30 buys our ponies a new halter. $50 buys us another riding helmet - you get the idea, every dollar counts, and even if you can give us $1, thats $1 we don't have to go looking elsewhere for.

So, what do you say, give us a hand?

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Southland RDA helps people be the best version of themselves they can be. We do this through therapeutic horse riding and horse care.

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Denise on 01 Nov 2021
Roland on 03 Aug 2021
To the family of the Late Graham Barkman It was with much sadness that I have with the passing of Graham. It was a privilege to have been able to spend a little time with him early May at the Alexandra Hospital. I had the good fortune of meeting Graham through the Pony Club movement and in particular during my 5 years as National President, he was my advisor and mentor, such was the great advice and wisdom that he always showed. I know the Riding for the Disabled was always dear to his heart and it is fitting that Graham's family has chosen this group as a memorial to Graham. It is with much pleasure that I make this donation of $250 in memory of Graham Barkman Roland Matthews
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Guest Donor on 15 Jan 2021
This donation is made in memory of my late uncle Peter Lisle Knight.

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