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.


Latest News

Foundation to boost disabled riders

Ensuring the future survival of Tauranga Riding for the Disabled is a step closer after the establishment of a foundation. Read More..

New foundation to support Tauranga RDA

Trustees Tom Roper, Bill Chapman, Peter Farmer, Janine Hellyer and Tony Mills established the Tauranga RDA Foundation in order to create financial sustainability for the organisation. Read More..

Tauranga Riding for Disabled Celebrates Volunteer Awareness Week

Tauranga RDA is holding open days from Tuesday 17th June to Saturday 21st June between the hours of 9.30am and 13.30pm to celebrate international volunteer awareness week. Members of the public are i... Read More..


Foundation Launched

The Tauranga Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Foundation was launched last Tuesday night at Farmer Auto Village.  Speaking at the event was Toby Lipinski, 11-years-old, he has been attending Tauranga RDA for six years, he said he had just about ridden every horse, from the little, short ones to some tall, fat ones.

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Thanks to the Lion Foundation

We have a beautiful hay barn. Our tatty disused ablutions block converted. Featured here at the doors of the barn are volunteer Anne C, coach Claudia, volunteer Tash and horse Sonic.

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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