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

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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Big Lottery Fund funds new Groom position

We are delighted to announce The Big Lottery has granted us £10k towards the cost of an additional groom to join our team at Cotswold RDA. Our herd of ponies has grown in number in line with the additional activities that we now offer to our 200 disabled adults and...

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Join Gold Cup VIP’s for a great day out

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...

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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.


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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