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

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..

One Club Supports Another

Tauranga Dressage Group has united the local equestrian community by organizing the Seeka Kiwifruit fundraiser show for Tauranga Riding for the Disabled this Sunday. Riders from around the bay will b... Read More..

International Equine Assisted Therapy at Tauranga RDA

The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) have this week returned to Tauranga RDA following the success of last years’ training here. Tauranga Occupational Therapist Gail Morley is... Read More..



This is our new horse on trial – Cracker. He has been very kindly leased to us and is currently in training as a therapy horse. He has been bred to ‘amble’ which is a unique pace so we are working with him to teach him to trot with a regular trot.

For more about Cracker and our other horses


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.

Sponsor today


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