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COVID 19 March 2022

We continue  to welcome back more schools and individual riders.  Thank you for your patience we are trying to keep you and our staff safe. Many riders have grown in the time they have been away, so everyone needs to be reassessed to ensure that they are matched to the correct pony or horse.

  If you show any of the signs of COVID 19,  or have symptoms of  flu or Norovirus please do not attend. All visitors and volunteers must sign in for our fire risk register. Sanitiser is available at all entrances please use this and  you are advised to use face coverings if you cannot maintain 2+metre distance from another individual. 

South Buckinghamshire Riding for the Disabled Association is a UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving, by providing people with the opportunity to ride  and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being. We are based near Fulmer, Buckinghamshire.

Our Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker and Julie Payne.
Our volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. Please browse our site for more information on the Centre, our horses and ponies and how to join us as either a rider or volunteer.

 

Riding is widely recognised as an excellent form of  physical and sensory therapy. It helps to build up self-confidence, develops concentration, balance and strength and, at the same time, providing recreation, education and sport.

The coaches at South Bucks RDA Group, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment and limb amputation.

For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well being benefit.  We provide the opportunity for older participants to take part in social activities such as ‘Tea with a Pony”, or bespoke interaction sessions.

We receive no government nor Lottery funding, and we rely on donations and fundraising as well as the commitment of volunteers to continue to offer life-changing opportunities. Please help us if you can. You can make a one-off donation, or set up regular giving through CAF bank.

The facilities at SBRDA are second to none with post and rail fenced pastures, 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena, and access to off road private hacking around our fields and tracks.  There is also a classroom for lectures and a mechanical horse.  These facilities can all be hired for RDA members use.  Please contact us for details.

Lessons are held throughout the week during school hours and  at weekends.  These are both for designated groups, such as local schools, who have children with special educational needs or disability where they will have group lessons as part of their educational curriculum.  Some schools will enable individual children with a disability and EHCP to come during the school day as part of their general learning curriculum or their adaptive PE lessons. If you would like to start riding with us, please see our Riders page for more information or get in touch!