We can’t do it without you

It costs us over £180,000 each year to run Cotswold RDA. Every year more and more riders are asking us for places, and our waiting list grows ever longer. By donating to Cotswold RDA you guarantee to light up the faces of our disabled riders, enhancing their day more than words can describe and providing them with the unique opportunity to achieve that mobility only Cotswold RDA can offer. This is what dreams are made of, and is nothing short of life changing for all involved – please donate today. We receive no direct grants and rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses and charitable trusts to undertake our activities. There are many ways to make a donation. Whichever option you choose, Cotswold RDA truly value your support.

With your help we can


Provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to find out what they can achieve


Deliver life-changing physiotherapy to more children and adults with disabilities


Offer more chances for independence, social inclusion, confidence building and fun

We have many wonderful examples of how riding is making a positive difference and in some cases making life changing differences to not just our riders but also on their parents, teachers and carers – but here is Kai’s story

Kai was 5 years old when he came to us. He suffered from complex emotional issues. Riding has been a great focus for Kai with the continuity and weekly routine having a huge positive impact on his learning ability, behavior and emotional state.

Initially Kai was very apprenhensive but, after only a few weeks he began to build a rapport with his instructor and helpers. The swift development of these relationships has resulted in Kai demonstrating great confidence – he is now able to independently walk up to and mount his horse.   Kai’s teachers have also witnessed this improvement in confidence in school. His self esteem is strong, aiding his listening skills and ability to follow simple instructions.  The strengthening of his core/posture has greatly improved meaning he can now sit at a desk and really engage in his lessons.  In Kai’s words “Riding is fun”

Kai's Teacher

Donate by Cheque If you prefer to make a donation by cheque, please make your cheque payable to “Cotswold Riding for the Disabled” and send to: Cotswold Riding for the Disabled, Jackie Brutton Riding School, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4SH

By Email: You can donate by bank transfer by emailing us. Just email info@cotswoldrda.org.uk with your name and how much you would like to donate and we will send you the details.

Remembering Cotswold RDA in your will could help make a significant impact on the lives of our riders for years to come.

If you are thinking about making or updating your will, why not leave us a donation so you know you are giving both your loved ones and those in your community peace of mind.

Making or updating your will is easier than you may think, and leaving a legacy gift not only helps ensure we can continue to provide our amazing services, but it can reduce the burden of inheritance and capital gains tax.

Take part in our Sponsor-a-Pony programme, you can make a one-off donation or a regular monthly donation of an amount of your choosing.

Cotswold RDA Ponies are very, very special, they have great temperaments are often very hairy but beautiful, endlessly patient and good natured. In return for their services, all they ask from us is that we provide them with the care and attention they need so they can keep doing their important job of looking after our riders. They are all worth their weight in gold, but each one costs on average around £2,000 every year to look after and, with 16 ponies to look after that means we have to find over £30,000 every year to pay for regular veterinary treatment, dental and hoof care, saddles, bridles, feed, hay and a range of other costs.

Have you ever thought of Sponsoring one of our riders? Each individual lesson costs approximately £30.00. We charge £5.00 for a 30 minute lesson for a child or £10.00 for an adult (16 years plus). Only through the efforts of our fundraising are we able to continue to subsidise the difference – however, with your help you could help support one of our riders with a regular monthly donation. If you are interested in helping a young person or adult continue to ride please get in contact with us.

St. Gregory’s School Story.

Our first Sensory Afternoon was launched in early May 2016. 7 children from St Gregory’s School in Cheltenham came along to experience for the first time what they thought of this activity. This is their story, told by their teacher at the school.

Miriam’s Story

In the 4 months since my daughter, aged 6, began coming to Cotswold RDA we have seen an incredible change to her confidence and outlook.

Lee’s Story

Lee is a 30 year old young man who has a disability which only affects 1 in 5,000 babies born in the UK. Lee has had to cope with operation after operation since the age of 3 months (27 in total).

Making a Difference

Meet Kitty, Miriam and Hazel, just a few of the children who are benefiting from BBC Children in Need funding.

Supported by BBC Children in Need