Our Riders are referred from: Special needs units within schools. Please note: We are unable to accommodate private riders.
What is an Intellectual Disability? An individual whose learning is slower and often different, that prevents or inhibits them developing the range of cognitive, physical and social skills usually found in a person of the same age.
All Special Olympic Equestrian Athletes are members of RDA in New Zealand. All eligible Riders register with their local Special Olympic Regional Office. This enables Riders to take part in any Special Olympic sports, training and social events offered in their region.
RDA provides group ribbon days, and regional games days for Riders to compete and therefore be eligible for National and International selection. Riders choose events in which to compete. Events include: Dressage Equitation, Working Trail or Gymkhana Games (eg bending).
Riding Programmes: Each Rider has their own individualised programme that they are riding towards. Before riding begins, a Rider must:
- complete a referral request and send this to their nearest RDA group
- provide a medical certificate from their doctor
- Sign an agreement that allows them to ride, which includes a consent and medical release
- Undergo a therapist’s assessment.
Riding for the Disabled caters for people of all ages who: are physically challenged with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, or stroke, or have visual and hearing impairment; or
- Have intellectual disabilities or multiple disabilities; or
- Have learning disabilities
- (Please Note: South Auckland RDA does not provide riding for adults)
Achievements / Benefits: Our Riders attend riding to achieve a specific goal, whether it is therapeutic, educational, sporting or recreational.
Riding develops, improves and promotes:
- balance and co-ordination, posture and muscle tone
- concentration, self-discipline and self-esteem
- perception and spatial awareness
- communication and social skills
- independence and encourages decision making