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Wellington Riding for the Disabled at Battle Hill

Wellington Riding for the Disabled at Battle Hill

Updated 24 April 2018 4:31pm

Battle Hill is proud to be the home for the Wellington branch of Riding for the Disabled (RDA).

RDA is a not-for-profit organisation providing the opportunity for anyone with a disability to enjoy the benefits of horse riding and horse-related activities.

Every year, RDA provides over 3,000 children and adults with riding experiences in New Zealand. This can be recreational riding, therapeutic riding or hippotherapy, which simply means 'therapy with the horse' where a rider is positioned on a horse and uses the horse's natural walking movement.

Wellington RDA had been based behind the hospital at Keneperu for 30 years. The hospital needed room and the horses needed a new home - Battle Hill Farm Park is a working farm with plenty of paddocks! They moved into temporary facilities in September 2016 - with big plans for the future. A purpose-built indoor riding facility is under construction in Abbott's Field. This will not only provide a permanent home for Wellington RDA but a facility that can be used by Wellington's wider equestrian community.

For more information on Riding for the Disabled, including how to donate and volunteer, visit the Wellington RDA facebook page and their website.