Wellington Riding for the Disabled (WRDA) mission is to develop confidence, independence and well being for people with disabilities through therapeutic horse related programmes. We have helped hundreds of people who face the challenge of disability to experience the benefits of horse therapy. We are one of over 50 independently financed and managed Groups throughout the country affiliated to the New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association (NZRDA).
Wellington RDA Covid 19 - Ceasing of Operation
In light of the recent Government announcement, it is with much sadness that we announce that Wellington Riding for Disabled will be going into a period of recess effective immediately. This means that there will be no ride programmes at all, until further notice.
The health and safety of our riders, volunteers and staff is paramount. As we are a hands on service, with many of our volunteers and riders being compromised, we feel it is in the best interests of everyone's safety to cease operations immediately.
Rest assured the horses will continue to be looked after and staff will continue to clear messages and emails, on and off site. We continue to follow all Government recommendations.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries,
Take care and stay safe
Donna, Jill and Claire
Deferral of Annual General Meeting
The AGM for the Wellington Riding for Disabled Association scheduled for Wednesday 25th March has been deferred due to Covid 19 - Level 4.
A new date will be advised when more information comes to hand.
If you have any queries, please email email@example.com
Take care and stay safe.
Updated Page - Committee Members
UPDATED: 1 October 2019
Find out who does what on our committee.
Updated Pages - Our People
UPDATED: 5 March 2017
GALLERY: 12 November 2016
Heaps of photos of the Games Day action, held at HVRDA in Silverstream.
BLOG POST: 17 November 2016
A blog post and photos of the final days at Kenepuru - worth a look!
UPDATED: 17 November 2016
Blog - Up and Running
BLOG POST: 7 November 2016
Settling in at Battle Hill - Donna's back to give us another update and to say thank you to the key people who have made our transition as smooth as possible.
Photos from the last few weeks
GALLERY: Last week of September + 3 October 2016
Check out our photos! Photos from our last week of rides at Kenepuru, a trip down memory lane, and the deconstruction of Kenepuru and relocation of horses to Battle Hill.
Blog - The Big Move
BLOG POST: 30 September 2016
Donna Kennedy gives us an update (and heaps of photos!) on the pack-up of Kenepuru and the shift to Battle Hill Farm Forest Park.
Blog - Moving Right Along...
BLOG POST: 16 September 2016
Donna Kennedy shares the latest news on our relocation to Battle Hill Farm Forest Park.
Situation Vacant - Paddock Person
ADDED: 12 September 2016
We have an employment opportunity at our new Battle Hill Farm Forest Park site for a paddock person; read on for more information.
Updated Pages - Our Horses
UPDATED: 6 August 2016
Happy Birthday to all of our horses!
New Blog Posts
UPDATED: 13 July 2016
Updated Page - Our People
UPDATED: 11 July 2016
Relocation to Battle Hill Farm Forest Park
ADDED: 29 June 2016
We have exciting news about our relocation! You can read about it here. While you're at it, subscribe to our newsletter to get the news hot off the press!
Updated Page - Our People
UPDATED: 2 February 2016; 8 March 2016; 3 April 2016; 6 June 2016; 26 June 2016
2016 Term Dates
Our Term Dates for 2016 are available here.
Term 1 starts on Monday 1 February and our last day is Saturday 16 April.
- We are riding on Saturday, 6 Feb (Waitangi Day)
- We will not be riding on Easter Friday March 25th or Saturday March 26th.
We look forward to seeing all of our riders, their families and supporters, and our volunteers back to Wellington RDA for another great year!
End of Year Awards & Christmas Party
PHOTO GALLERY: 19 December 2015
Santa came to town and vollies and riders alike were recognised for their hard work. Photos here!
Hutt Valley/Wellington RDA Games Day
BLOG POST: 19 November 2015
Read all about our annual games day with Hutt Valley RDA, Sunday 15 November.
New Page - Our People
ADDED: 1 November 2015
Updated Page - Our Horses
UPDATE: 15 October 2015
We have a new addition to our ride programme! Visit Our Horses page to learn more about Star.
Blog - Interested in Volunteering?
BLOG POST: 4 October 2015
You don't need to be a horse or disability expert to volunteer with Wellington RDA...
Blog - Many hands make light work!
BLOG POST: 12 July 2015
Blog - Emma Chapman: Nominated for NZRDA Young Volunteer of the Year
BLOG POST: 11 July 2015
We nominated Emma Chapman for the recent NZRDA Young Volunteer of the Year award. Find out why!
Storm Damage: Before and After
BLOG POST: 5 July 2015
Dramatic footage just unearthed of our creek and Donna modelling our new bridge, after a pesky storm swept our old one away!
Updated Page - Our Horses
UPDATE: 4 June 2015
We have two new additions to our ride programme! Visit Our Horses page to learn more about Tonka and Honey.
Blog - Friday Coach, Tina Budd
BLOG POST: 7 May 2015
Tina has recently joined the coaching team at Wellington Riding for the Disabled - but she's no stranger to WRDA. Click here to read Tina's blog post to find out more!
Wellington RDA Dressage Day
BLOG POST: 27 April 2015
Blog - WRDA Rider, DuDway Ko
BLOG POST: 19 April 2015
DuDway, recipient of the 2013 NZRDA Rider of the Year award, has written about his experiences at Wellington Riding for the Disabled. Read more here!
New horses arrive!
BLOG POST: 13 March 2015
Check out our blog post to learn more about our two new additions.
Event - Annual General Meeting
Come join us at the Wellington Group clubrooms on Tuesday 24 March 2015 for our AGM. All welcome! For more information, head over to our Events page or click here.
Event - Basic Equine Behaviour Course
Steph Mann from Otago Polytechnic will be facilitating this informative short course on Saturday 16 May 2015 - anyone is welcome, and horse experience isn't required. For more information, please see the Events page, or click here.
New page - Our Horses
Page updated 1 March ... Learn more about our horses - click here.
We're seeking new volunteers!
BLOG POST: 26 February 2015
Check out our blog post to find out more information on how you can join the Wellington RDA team.
Wellington RDA reopened from Tuesday 13 January and you can see the 2015 term dates here.
If you dare take a look at the Facebook photos from our 2014 Christmas Party and Annual Awards. Did Mr Claus arrive on a slay? Nope, a horse of course. See the Facebook pictures here.
Another extraordinary Saturday morning at Wellington RDA
BLOG POST: 17 December 2014
For many at Wellington Riding for the Disabled (WRDA), Saturday mornings are a happy routine. But when a visitor from down the road arrives armed with a camera and notebook, an outside look into our routine suddenly looks a little different.
Welcome to our brand new website and with it our first blog post. The author thought us extraordinary and who are we to argue? Please take a read of the blog post here and the photo gallery page here.