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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).

Updated Page - Committee Members

UPDATED: 1 October 2019

Find out who does what on our committee.

Event - Annual General Meeting

Come join us at the Offices of NZRDA, 69b Discovery Drive, Whitby, Porirua on Tuesday 28 March 2017 (6:30pm) for our AGM. All welcome! For more information, click here.


Updated Pages - Our People

UPDATED: 5 March 2017

We have welcomed a new Friday coach to the team - Sarah Piper.

Gallery - Christmas Party / End of Year Awards Ceremony

GALLERY: 11 December 2016

See how Santa arrived in style (hint - not on horseback!)... all the photos here!

Gallery - WRDA/HVRDA Games DayProfile_pic

GALLERY: 12 November 2016

Heaps of photos of the Games Day action, held at HVRDA in Silverstream.

Blog - Final Days at Kenepuru

BLOG POST: 17 November 2016

A blog post and photos of the final days at Kenepuru - worth a look!

Updated Pages - Our Horses

UPDATED: 17 November 2016

Check out our two recent additions, Maddie and Luke!

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 Horsesminiature_horse_birthday_hat_200

UPDATED: 6 August 2016

Happy Birthday to all of our horses!

New Blog Posts

UPDATED: 13 July 2016

Bonnie has written some new blog posts:
   - Beautiful Tiki has retired from WRDA duties. 
   - WRDA is a Porirua City finalist in the Wellington Airport Community Awards for 2016.

Updated Page - Our People 

UPDATED: 11 July 2016

New profiles have gone up for volunteer Shiori Miyachi and Friday Coach Tina Budd.

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

Learn more about the people who help keep Wellington RDA ticking along! More profiles on some of our Committee MembersMembers of Staff and Volunteers have been added.

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.

Public Holidays:
- 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

Learn more about the people who help keep Wellington RDA ticking along! Profiles on some of our Committee Members have been added.


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

Moving sand from Johnsonville Playcentre to Wellington RDA - blog post and pictures here!

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

Bonnie has written a blog post about our annual Dressage Day.  Once you've had a read, check out the photos here and here!

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 CourseProfile_pic

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.


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