Tauranga RDA Equestrian Therapy Centre provides therapeutic horse related activities for children and adults with physical, mental, cognitive, social or behavioural needs. This includes horse riding, horsemanship and vocational skills. Clients range in age from 3 to 65.
Horse riding is an activity which stimulates and exercises both mentally and physically. It is ideal for people with disabilities as well as those that are disadvantaged, at risk or have mental and social issues. Our programs engage people to assist growth, confidence, independence and the development of self esteem.
Tauranga RDA has expanded rapidly in the last five years and provides a service to hundreds of people in the community. Tauranga RDA is raising funds to enable more people in our community to benefit from riding therapy.


Support from our community

One only has to look at the signs on the walls of our indoor arena to guess to what degree this organisation is supported by our community.

A leader amongst this group is TECT. Three years ago they provided the lead gift to the indoor arena project and have been supporting us ever since. As users of Trust Power we qualify to make application to TECT for support and their generosity has played an important role in our growth over the past few years. It is this growth that enables us to provide therapy to more than 100 riders each week – over term two that number rose to 115 a week. This is a significant increase in numbers from the 20 or so each week we were able to help a few years ago. Like the support we receive from our volunteers this operation would not be viable without financial support from our community. Organisations such as TECT which have a huge profile within our community because of the support they give and the services they enable provide great leadership in this regard and help endorse our organisation as one that is worthy of support. Over the past year TECT has provided funding in support of our operational costs. As our organisation has grown and our responsibilities in terms of assets and our commitment to our clients expanded we have needed infrastructure and qualified staff to drive and manage that expansion. Without support from TECT and other grant-making organisations these operational costs would have to be significantly reduced which would result in less riders on our therapy programs and a reduction in our capacity to meet community needs.

Other grant-making organisations that provide support in this area include Bay Trust, COGS, Lottery, and Pub Charity.

Latest News

Para-Equestrian FESTIVAL

Come and join us for a action-packed weekend of activities, coaching, advice, classification and much more! Read More..

Peanut runs for Horse of the Year

Tauranga's Riding for the Disabled's veteran horse Peanut is the centre of attention for young disabled children at the Welcome Bay facility – and now she's taking centre stage in the Horse of the Ye... Read More..

Tauranga RDA’s Peanut in the running for NZRDA 2015 Horse of the Year

Each year, New Zealand Riding for the Disabled (NZRDA) asks its 55 RDA Members around New Zealand to nominate one of their Horses for NZRDA Horse of the Year. Read More..


Interested in becoming a Para-Equestrian?

Come and join us for an action-packed weekend of activities, coaching, advice, classifications and more! For more information:
email para@nzequestrian.org.nz
or visit www.nzequestrian.org.nz/para-equestrian

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Our NEW Board President - Leona Smith

Leona comes to RDA with an extensive background in executive administration and event management with a focus on community and charitable organisations. She is looking forward to helping build on the great success that has already been achieved.

Meet our other Board Members


Student Placements in New Zealand

We are seeking overseas volunteers to come and stay at our wonderful facility and help with our equestrian therapy sessions. Placements of all lengths of time considered. Free accommodation is provided, click link below for more details.

How to Apply


Call for Volunteers

Therapy Sessions – Tuesday through Saturday 8.30 – 1.30pm
Wednesdays from 3 – 4.15pm and Thursdays from 1.45 – 4.00pm
Call Angela O’Donnell our Volunteer Coordinator
on 544 1899  or email  info@taurangarda.co.nz

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Volunteer of the Year

Our Volunteer of the Year 2015 is Lynette Farmer. She has been volunteering for us for years and is amazing, reliable and great with the kids and horses. We are very lucky to have her as part of our team.

How to Volunteer