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.

Winter Hay and Bedding Appeal

In conjunction with our Facebook appeal we are also running this urgent appeal through our website.   Although our beautiful boys have lovely but very hairy coats to keep them warm throughout the winter, we do need to give them an extra boost of warmth with bedding in our new stable block and lots of hay to munch their way through during the long winter months.  Can you help ? Find out more 



From the Blog

The RDA creative writing competition is here!

The RDA Creative Writing Competition is now in its third year and for 2019 and they are offering even more inspiration for all RDA riders, carriage drivers and vaulters of all ages to show just how creative and imaginative they can be!  They will still be offering the...

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Fitting tribute to our beloved Rocky

 Earlier this year BBC TV CBeebies asked us to take part in a brand new children’s series called Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales.   The star of the show was Rocky, who sadly passed after the episode was filmed.   Rocky the Pony will be transmitted on Friday...

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Nominate us and we could win £1,000

Ecclesiastical Insurance are running a competition in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  Each weekday from 6 to 21 December, 10 charities will win £1,000. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities in 12 days!   We could be one of those charities, all we need you to do is log...

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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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It's not too late there are still a few places left for the Elf Dash. It’s a win win for everyone - join in the fun and receive an amazing "elf" medal. Visit www.virtualracinguk.co.uk to register and find out more. ... See MoreSee Less

Its not too late there are still a few places left for the Elf Dash.  It’s a win win for everyone - join in the fun and receive an amazing elf medal. Visit http://www.virtualracinguk.co.uk to register and find out more.
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