Tauranga RDA Equestrian Therapy Centre provides therapeutic horse related activities for children and adults with physical, mental, cognitive, social or behavioural needs. This includes horse riding, horsemanship and vocational skills. Clients range in age from 3 to 65.
Horse riding is an activity which stimulates and exercises both mentally and physically. It is ideal for people with disabilities as well as those that are disadvantaged, at risk or have mental and social issues. Our programs engage people to assist growth, confidence, independence and the development of self esteem.
Tauranga RDA has expanded rapidly in the last five years and provides a service to hundreds of people in the community. Tauranga RDA is raising funds to enable more people in our community to benefit from riding therapy.


Support from our community

Christmas Came Early!

Bay Trust gave us an early Christmas present when they announced the week before Christmas that they were making a significant grant in support of our operational costs. Bay Trust has been a great supporter of Tauranga RDA for many years and this recent grant together with the grants in support of operational costs from TECT, Lottery, COGS and Acorn allows us to plan 2016 with confidence as we address the ever increasing demand from our community. 

Latest News

Mini ponies and retired folk are enjoying hanging out together as part of a new Riding for the Disabled Association initiative

Thanks to financial backing from Legacy Trust, Tauranga RDA has extended its community outreach to include equine therapy targeted at local retirement homes. Read More..

Para-Equestrian FESTIVAL

Come and join us for a action-packed weekend of activities, coaching, advice, classification and much more! Read More..

Peanut runs for Horse of the Year

Tauranga's Riding for the Disabled's veteran horse Peanut is the centre of attention for young disabled children at the Welcome Bay facility – and now she's taking centre stage in the Horse of the Ye... Read More..


Thank you Legacy Trust

Tauranga RDA has extended its community outreach to include equine therapy targeted at local retirement homes. Pictured volunteer Pip Kwiecien and Legacy director Mike Savage with sponsored ponies Chippie and Ruby. Photo: Tracy Hardy- SunLive

Our sponsorship programs


Student Placements in New Zealand

We are seeking overseas volunteers to come and stay at our wonderful facility and help with our equestrian therapy sessions. Placements of all lengths of time considered. Free accommodation is provided, click link below for more details.

How to Apply


Call for Volunteers

Therapy Sessions – Tuesday through Saturday 8.30 – 1.30pm
Wednesdays from 3 – 4.15pm and Thursdays from 1.45 – 4.00pm
Call Angela O’Donnell our Volunteer Coordinator
on 544 1899  or email  info@taurangarda.co.nz

Find out how more about Volunteering


Volunteer of the Year

Our Volunteer of the Year 2015 is Lynette Farmer. She has been volunteering for us for years and is amazing, reliable and great with the kids and horses. We are very lucky to have her as part of our team.

How to Volunteer