In the late 1970's the Whangarei Group Riding for the Disabled Organisation began. The group moved many times before finally settling in the Barge Show Grounds, Maunu in 1994. With the assistance of the ASB Trust and local businesses a new complex was built comprising of two covered arenas, stables and yards, an administration block and a relocated caretakers cottage.
We provide a therapeutic riding and horsemanship program to develop increased ability and self-esteem in children and adults with physical,
intellectual and behavioural difficulties.
We operate 4 days per week and have up to 80 riders over this time.
The RDA relies heavily on volunteer help. Financially we operate using a combination of grants, donations, rider fees, rent, arena hireage, plant sales, and advertising. These cover our operating costs of over $180,000 per year and that doesn't include repairs and maintenance projects, capital works or replacement horses!
The Whangarei Group RDA is affiliated to the New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association who support us with information, training and some national fundraising initiatives such as the Gingerbread Horse Week.
We must meet the strict standards required to obtain our Operational Certificate, which is checked presently audited every 3 years, but will be yearly from 2016.
Come and have a look through our Second Hand Gear Shed. Full of lots of great pre-loved horse gear at cheap prices.
We also sell plants, second-hand books and horse manure to raise funds for the centre.
Any donations of horse gear, books or plants for us to sell will be gratefully received.