How are clients accepted into RDA Peninsula’s programs?

Participants in our programs are selected by Special Developmental Schools in consultation with RDA Coaches or via RDA Assessment.

Is there a waiting list?

Contact our centre for current status

How long is the waiting list?

Early intervention/individuals: the waiting list varies.  To find out the current status:  contact us
Through Special Development Schools – contact the teacher in charge of the RDA Riding Program

What other equestrian activities are offered by RDA centres?

Carriage driving, hippotherapy, vaulting, dressage

What are the costs for riders in RDA Peninsula programs?

RDAV Registration is currently $125 per annum for a returning rider & $155 per annum for a new rider. Weekly riding fee is $20 per session.

Can clients go to the Paralympics?

Yes. Start at a local centre & progress through State & National Squads

What are RDA Peninsula’s hours of operation?

Monday:  9am – 1pm
Tuesday: 9am – 1pm

What happens on high fire danger days?

The Coach of the day will make the decision to cancel, notify the school or organisation

How do I become a coach?

Volunteer at RDA Peninsula & commence the accredited RDAA Coaching Syllabus.  There are 3 progressive stages:  Orientation to Coaching (OTC)         Level 1         Level 2

Is RDA a registered charity ?


Can I loan/give/sell my horse to RDA?

Enquiries regarding free lease or sale of suitable, reliable, sound, experienced horses are gratefully received, please contact us

How are horses cared for at RDA?

Our horses are the backbone of our organisation so we treat them with great care and respect. All horses are regularly wormed, seen by the dentist, farrier, vet & physiotherapist as required and in addition have premium feed according to their individual needs.

Privacy & Confidentiality?

RDA actively seeks to ensure that the privacy & confidentiality of all riders and volunteers is protected  from misuse, modification, disclosure or unauthorised access

Do I need to be horsey to volunteer at RDA Peninsula?

No.   Previous horse experience is not essential, all you need is a keen desire to help & learn. There are jobs for people who do not wish to work with horses.  On the job training is ongoing

Why do I need a Working With Children Check to be a volunteer?

It is a State Government requirement which helps protect children

How do I become a volunteer?

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at RDA Peninsula

What age do I have to be to volunteer?

The minimum age requirement is 12 years old . 12 – 18 y.o. require written parental/guardian consent

What volunteer training  is offered?

All volunteers are: given orientation & initial training: annual revision & special training workshops are held at the centre

Do volunteers have to bring their own tea/coffee/lunch?

Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided.  Volunteers bring their own lunch or special requirements

Do I have to volunteer every week?

For the riders benefit, consistency is extremely important, therefore it is desirable for you to be able to make a regular commitment

Do I have to volunteer on the same day each week?

Again for the riders benefit, consistency is extremely important & it is desirable for you to be able to make a regular commitment to the same day?

Do I have to volunteer for the full day?

No, you could regularly commit to a half day

Would I be covered by insurance whilst volunteering?

Yes all our volunteers are covered by RDAV insurance

Can I bring my children when I volunteer?

It is not safe for children to be left unsupervised at RDA

Can volunteers ride horses at RDA?

Occasionally we have the opportunity to ride.  We also have specialised trainers for schooling our horses

Do I need to wear special clothing to volunteer at RDA?

It is highly recommended that volunteers wear covered sturdy footwear (e.g. blundstone boots) & sun protective hat & clothing

Is there a Committee of Management?

Yes.  The committee meets once a month & the AGM is usually held late October.  Volunteers are encouraged to attend and participate

Do I have to be a financial member to volunteer?


Am I liable if  a client I am supervising gets injured?

Adequate training is provided to ensure volunteers are equipped with the appropriate skills.  In the unlikely event of an accident RDA riders and volunteers are covered by an RDAV insurance policy