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 living with a wide range of special needs. Our vision is to reach more riders and change more lives. We value safety, teamwork, respect, quality and enjoyment.

Regional RDAs

Affiliated regional RDAs are responsible for providing RDA programmes in their local community. Each RDA is a separate Incorporated Society and registered Charity in its own right. The key to ongoing affiliation is maintaining the standards set by NZRDA to ensure a safe and effective RDA programme. Each RDA is reviewed by NZRDA on an annual basis to ensure they continue to meet the national standards.


The NZRDA Board, comprising elected RDA Members and Co-opted Members, is responsible for the governance of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporated, an Incorporated Society and registered charity responsible for leading and developing the RDA movement in New Zealand.

The day to day operational management of NZRDA is delegated to the Chief Executive who leads the National Office in Wellington and a National Team of volunteers who support the training and certification of affiliated Groups and RDA Coaches.

NZRDA provide standards, training, certification and support to the national network of RDA Groups. This includes the provision of subsidised professional development and training for coaches, volunteers and committees, marketing, branding and fundraising expertise, and online and printed resources.

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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.