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.

As seen on

BBC “Breakfast” TV

with presenter Mike Bushell.

From the Blog

Cotswold RDA Summer Activities

Our Summer activity programme is now available, why not come and join us during the summer months and enjoy some wonderful riding sessions on the beautiful Cheltenham Racecourse! Summer hacks cost £10 for juniors and £15 for adults. Groom, tack and ride is £20 for...

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A small team of ten riders, 5 volunteers and our Operations Manager Debbie Powell, have just done a fabulous job of representing us at the RDA Regional Qualifiers, gaining 9 top three placings and with 6 riders qualifying for the National Championships at...

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So Proud of Team Cotswold

Congratulations to everyone who competed at the RDA regional championships. So proud of Team Cotswold❤️ The results mean we will be going to the National championships 12th to 15th July at Hartpury with a team of 6 riders! Special thanks to Debbie, Lou, Vicky, Judith...

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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.


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.


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