About Us

Here at Cotswold Riding for the Disabled our purpose is to promote a culture of learning, development, achievement and enjoyment for our riders that allows each and every one to reach their full potential.

With over 225 riders each week, supported by 160 volunteers, we want to ensure that Cotswold RDA is “where aspirations become a reality” for everyone.  All our riders are physically disabled or have learning difficulties/special needs, if we can encourage a child or an adult  to communicate and help them make sense of the world; to say “walk on” for the first time; spend 30 minutes in the saddle or even to hold their reins then we know we are making a difference.

Since our very first ride some 50 years ago, we have come a long way.  We are now planning for the next 50 years to guarantee our riders have the best experience we can provide for them.

Interested in what we do then why not get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about our work, whether you want to ride with us, volunteer with us, fundraise for us then we would love to hear from  you.  Come and join us for a cup of tea/coffee and biscuit and see the magic for yourself.

From the Blog

Join us at Andoversford Point to Point

Cotswold RDA is the charity of the year for Andoversford Point to Point which takes place on April 8th http://www.andoversfordraces.co.uk/buy-tickets/ Supporters of CRDA can have a discount of £2.00 if they use Cotswold RDA as the voucher code and Cotswold RDA will...

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Horsebox a big step forward to being back on the road

At the end of last year our horse box finally gave up the ghost.   It had been a true work horse for us, but at over 15 years old it had become no longer financially viable to carry out mechanical repairs.   Having a horse box is vital to support our...

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We currently have a vacancy for a Groom

We currently have a vacancy for a groom to join our friendly team at Cotswold Riding for the Disabled at Cheltenham Racecourse. We have a range of ponies to suit riders of all ages and abilities. We have excellent facilities and can provide a range of various...

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Rider Story

Miriam has a hidden condition (hypermobility) and most people would not know just by looking at her how much she struggles with daily life, find out how riding helped Miriam.

Volunteer

If you are thinking of volunteering then why not come down and have a chat with us. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked with horses before – we will train you. Find out more.

News & Calendar

There’s always a lot going on, keep up to date through our Facebook feed, or visit our news and calendar page.

Membership

Why not join us as a Member. Being a Members is an important part of what we, as a Board of Trustees, do today and what we do tomorrow. Your opinion counts.

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Cotswold RDA

Our VIP Volunteer days at the Cheltenham Festival are fast approaching and we’re looking to sign up a few more of you! If you have been wondering about becoming a VIP volunteer, but are a bit undecided, then read Mary’s story of her amazing day last year. “I would urge anyone who is thinking of joining up to do so, I can’t tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was hard work, but I had so much fun mixing with people from all walks of life who were all out to have an enjoyable day at the races. Just wish I could have done more than one day, my students couldn’t get over that I was working on my day off and giving up my pay - but RDA is such a great cause that I’m doing it all over again this year and bringing a friend along too!” Why not sign up today and join Mary for a great day out. You can do just one day or all four - Tuesday to Friday. ... See MoreSee Less

Our VIP Volunteer days at the Cheltenham Festival are fast approaching and we’re looking to sign up a few more of you!   If you have been wondering about becoming a VIP volunteer, but are a bit undecided, then read Mary’s story of her amazing day last year.  “I would urge anyone who is thinking of joining up to do so, I can’t tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was hard work, but I had so much fun mixing with people from all walks of life who were all out to have an enjoyable day at the races.  Just wish I could have done more than one day, my students couldn’t get over that I was working on my day off and giving up my pay - but RDA is such a great cause that I’m doing it all over again this year and bringing a friend along too!”   Why not sign up today and join Mary for a great day out. You can do just one day or all four - Tuesday to Friday.

 

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I did this last year and had a brilliant experience! Can't do it this year but would encourage anyone to have a go for an excellent cause. Very welcomed in the mad house by tolerant staff, VIP spotting fun and sensible shoes a must, just have a go😊

How does it work please . ?

You can donate your time and work for Jockey Club Catering in the hospitality areas for the festival. JCC donate your wages to Cotswold Rda and then match the donation. If you would like to join in- call us on 01242 584420 or email us info@cotswoldrda.org.uk 😃

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