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Avon Riding Centre is a member group of the RDA (Riding For the Disabled Association) and aims to provide accessible riding for all abilities.

Riding for all

The Avon Centre has excellent facilities, including a large indoor arena and floodlit outdoor all weather surface arena. We offer lessons to riders with additional needs and support requirements (physical, intellectual, communication, sensory, behavioural, etc) from beginners working at walk, to those more capable and independent riders working at all paces and show jumping. We run in-house dressage and show jumping competitions for RDA riders during school holidays. Some of our riders are also able to represent the Group in annual Regional and National Competitions run by the RDA.  There is, however, no pressure to enter competitions for those who simply want to achieve their personal goals. We have extensive land for hacking and a simulator (mechanical horse) which can be used to improve fitness, balance, core strength and to practise aspects of riding.

RDA Riding

Lessons provide therapy, enjoyment and achievement to riders with a wide range of impairments and disabilities. Our RDA Coordinator is happy to discuss the potential benefits to a particular participant or disability before an application is made, if required.

See also The Therapeutic Benefits

Children must be 4 + and attending Reception at school; there is no upper age limit. Riders must weigh no more than our current weight limit of 12 1/2 stone in full riding clothes, including hat and outdoor clothing in the winter. We consider all applications on an individual basis and there are very few riders we are unable to accommodate. For some riders we may need to request a recommendation from a clinician or have confirmation from a medical professional that your condition does not preclude you from riding (section 2 of the registration form).


Once a space becomes available that may be suitable for you, you will be invited in for an assessment with an RDA Coach. Once riding, we regularly review progress and goals and are happy to share these with participants.


Please complete an application form and return it to us.  You will be contacted for an assessment session when we have a space that might be appropriate for you. We have a long waiting list, particularly for children.

We offer stable management and individual lessons during school holidays subject to availability.

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If you have any questions about RDA riding, your place on the waiting list or non ridden opportunities please contact Kim - 

RDA Term Dates 2022-2023


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Start date

Monday 5/9/22

Monday 31/10/22

Wednesday 4/1/23

Monday 20/3/23

Monday 17/4/23

Monday 5/6/23

Finish date

Saturday 22/10/22

Saturday 10/12/22

Saturday 11/2/23

Saturday 1/4/23

Saturday 27/5/23

Saturday 22/7/23

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