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The object of the Riding for the Disabled Association is to give the opportunity of riding or driving to any disabled person who might benefit in their general health and well being. Working across the spectrum of disabilities, age range, social status and urban and rural environments, our focus is to help each individual to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and to achieve their personal goal.
At our base at Bradbourne Riding and Training Centre in Sevenoaks, Kent we have:
- Acres of fields and woodland
- Indoor school
- About 14 horses and ponies of various shapes and sizes
- 10 Instructors and over 100 helpers
We have over 200 registered riders and carriage drivers of whom more than 120 ride or drive each week.
All of our ponies are suitable age and temperament and have been carefully selected for RDA work.
All of which enables us to offer a wide range of activities associated with horses and ponies, including:
- Riding sessions
- Carriage driving sessions
- Summer camps
Clubhouse ProjectOur clubhouse plays an essential part in our activities and is used for training sessions and social events as well as being the hub of our day-to-day activities and summer camps.
Thanks to generous grants from a number of individuals and organisations, in June 2011 we were finally able to re-build our clubhouse. We now have a building to be proud of which will serve us well for many years to come.
The equipping of the clubhouse was funded by a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and we should like to acknowledge all the generous donations we received for this project which enabled us to purchase a fantastic new clubhouse and equip it.
Special mention should go to:
- Bailey Thomas Charitable Trust
- Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust
- Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust
- Cory Environmental Trust
- Henry Smith Charitable Trust
- Rooney Foundation
- The Wolfson Foundation
- Wooden Spoon Society
- National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund