Totara Park Riding for the Disabled

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Your donation will help provide life changing opportunities for disabled riders through therapy based horse riding activities.

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  Auckland In Need Rehabilitation Disability

We are one of the 54 Riding for the Disabled Groups in New Zealand, based at Totara Park, Manukau.

We provide interaction with horses to develop increased ability, independence and self worth for children and adults with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.

Our greatest expense is our horses - our main assets! Without them there would be no riding therapy for people with disabilities in our community. The horses must be fit , healthy and happy all the time. We are a non profit organisation receiving no government funding and rely entirely on the generosity of the public for support. Our rider fees are kept minimal and do not cover our running costs so many volunteer hours are spent fundraising and sourcing corporate funding.

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Totara Park RDA [TPRDA] formerly Whitford RDA was established in 1977 & is affiliated to NZ Riding for the Disabled. Riding for the Disabled provides therapeutic interaction with horses for people with disabilities. Totara Park RDA is self funded.

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Celebrating Riding Again  29 July 2020

Posted by: Totara Park Riding for the Disabled

We are pleased to welcome back our riders at the start of Term 3. Smiles all round as seen on the face of our Monday rider Sophie.


Sophie has a type of Cerebral Palsy called Diplegia which changes the way her whole body works, but mainly affects her legs. RDA is a great physical therapy for Sophie. It gives her muscles a good workout. Horse riding alone works lots of muscles in her body but the array of activities set out by the volunteers each week helps to work other muscles too. One of Sophie’s hardest challenges is when she kneels backwards on the horse’s back and raises an arm up horizontally while staying balanced. RDA doesn’t just help her physically. Sophie has the undivided attention of friendly adults for an hour. RDA is a space when all aspects, she is set up to succeed. This is lovely for a little girl who lives in a society where the physical environment and attitudes are often more limiting than her disability. One of Sophie’s favourite parts of RDA comes at the end of her session when she gets to brush her ponies coat, gently pat her and thank her for taking good care of her.

Sophie is usually tired at the end of her ride but she is always brighter and very smiley! Our family is so grateful to everyone at TPRDA who donates their precious time and money so Sophie and the other riders can reap the enormous benefits of

riding the horses and spending time with the very generous volunteers. Catherine (Sophie’s mother)

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Alistair on 20 Sep 2020
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Thanks so much - RDA really appreciate your support.

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Pip on 18 Sep 2020
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Thank you. Your donation is most appreciated.

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Wilma R on 18 Sep 2020
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Thank you so much Wilma for your kind donation.

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Brian on 20 Feb 2020
Thank you to the volunteers who do all the work
Totara Park Riding for the Disabled

Thank you so much Brian. On behalf of our volunteers and ponies please accept our grateful thanks for your very generous donation.

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Lara on 03 Feb 2020
Thank you for all the good work you do xxx
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Thank you Lara - your donation is gratefully received.

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