Riding for the Disabled Exeter Group

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Charity Commission No. 1074357 © 2017 Riding for the Disabled Exeter Group

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The Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Exeter Group provides free, safe riding facilities for children with disabilities in and around Exeter, giving them the opportunity to take part in an activity that their more able-bodied peers may take for granted.


Our group was formed in June 1966 and began riding at Powderham Castle. We are one of the longest running RDA groups in the UK and celebrated our 50th year in 2016.


The experience of riding helps the children physically in terms of their balance, posture and muscle strength but also socially as they engage with other riders, volunteers and the horses. The weekly sessions provide an opportunity for therapy to be mixed with fun and a sense of achievement to help young people with disabilities with the everyday activities of their life outside the riding environment.