For our special tenth anniversary, UkPonyCon is very proud to announce that we are again teaming up with the wonderful charity: Riding for the Disabled Association!


Who we are 
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is a national voluntary organisation that looks beyond the barriers of disability, recognises potential and celebrates achievement. It has dedicated the last 40 years to making a real and lasting difference to the lives of adults and children with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. As a charity, RDA benefits from a unique position in the charity world,
working across the spectrum of disability, age range, social status and urban and rural environments.

Over 18,000 RDA volunteers, at 500 Groups, give 3.5 million hours of their time annually to provide 26,500 adults and children with physical disabilities and learning difficulties with the opportunity to derive direct therapeutic benefit from horse riding and carriage driving: improving quality of life and learning life skills.


What we do
RDA focuses on ability, not disability, and exists to deliver therapy, achievement and enjoyment. We do this by giving individuals the opportunity to:
• Reach therapeutic goals: improve posture and muscle tone, develop fine/gross motor movement
• Achieve personal ambitions: sit on a horse for the first time, learn new skills, win a Paralympic medal
• Combat social isolation: build relationships, enjoy events and competition, develop self-confidence
• Develop life skills: improve communication, take responsibility, be a team player
• Experience the outdoors: ride in the countryside, access rural Britain
• Connect with animals: bringing positivity and optimism, adding a new element to life

Our goals
Our key objective is to deliver beneficial therapy (both physical and psychosocial) to our riders, carriage drivers and vaulters, facilitating development in key aspects of their lives, including health, well-being and learning, whilst giving them the chance to experience a unique degree of independence and achievement that their disabilities would usually prevent them from experiencing in everyday life.

Our aim is to increase the capacity of RDA to deliver more riding, carriage driving and vaulting opportunities to more adults and children. At present the majority of RDA Groups have a waiting list: for every one person who currently rides with us another four are waiting for the opportunity to do so and to experience the associated benefits. To achieve this there we need to invest heavily in volunteer recruitment, development and training.

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