RDA Appeal for More Riding Opportunities for Disabled Riders in the North Midlands

A national charity is supporting riding schools in the North Midlands to encourage more disabled people to take up horse riding. The response comes from a recent study from Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) which found that the North Midlands has the highest levels of unmet demand than anywhere else in the UK. 

RDA has 29 dedicated groups supporting over 1000 adults and children in the area but according to the research all of the groups that responded to the survey have reached their capacity. In addition to supporting the Groups, RDA is appealing to commercial riding centres to consider signing up to the Accessibility Mark scheme to try and bridge the gap in the North Midlands area.

In partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, RDA launched the Accessibility Mark scheme with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Accessibility Mark accreditation is primarily aimed at centres approved by the British Horse Society, the Association of British Riding School and The Pony Club.

The scheme allows a riding centre to buy into the RDA’s strategic priorities to deliver the best experience for riders, present a positive image of disabled people and give centres credibility within their local community.

Key Reasons to Gain Accessibility Mark Accreditation:

  • Powerful association with the RDA brand and the security of being a part of a national well-respected organisation.
  • Access to valuable training and RDA resources, including advice and guidance from an experienced ASO (Accessibility Support Officer)
  • Build relationships with the local community, providing disabled people with access to sport and activity.
  • Accessibility Mark clients often fill the gap during school hours bringing in valuable extra revenue.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

There are currently 38 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.  To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk 


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