About Us

Making a positive difference

At NZRDA, it’s our goal to make a positive difference in local communities across New Zealand. We offer specialised horse therapy through a range of tailored programmes for people living with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.

Changing Lives

Our core purpose is to provide interaction with horses to develop increased ability, independence and self-worth for children and adults. We strive to deliver safe and effective programmes for participants with a wide range of needs. Our vision is to reach more riders and change more lives.

Who we are

Our association is a not-for-profit organisaiton that provides opportunities for New Zealanders living with disabilities. As an organisation we value safety, teamwork, respect, quality and enjoyment. Through our 56 national RDA groups we offer horse riding and horse-related activities for more than 3,000 participants every year. Because we have no government funding, we rely on generous support from our communities, through donations and our volunteer network.

The Role of the NZRDA

The NZRDA is governed by a board of directors made up of three RDA members and up to four co-opted members. A CEO manages the day-to-day running of the organisation. For the RDA national network, we provide: standards, training, certification and support, subsidised professional development and training for therapists, coaches, volunteers and committees, marketing, branding and fundraising expertise, and online and printed resources.

Our Valued Supporters

The NZRDA is incredibly grateful to the following businesses and organisations for their ongoing support and assistance. We welcome interest from new partners, to find out more please click here.

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Valued Supporters and Sponsors

For more information or to discuss your corporate sponsorship and support options, please contact us on 04 234 6090 or emails us at ingrid.kamstra@rda.org.nz.