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RDA Raymond Terrace & Lower Hunter
Riding for the Disabled (NSW) Raymond Terrace and Lower Hunter Centre provides equine assisted activities for people with a disability.
Our Centre is located on the Pacific Highway approximately 4km northbound from Raymond Terrace. The RTA has placed a blue directional sign on the median strip, indicating where to turn off on both the north and south bound carriage ways of the highway. Going north look for this sign, just past the Irrawang Spillway, which is the second over-flow of Grahamstown Dam.
We provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to use horse related activities for recreational and therapeutic purposes. Horses provide a unique stimulus for these purposes.
Our riders gain the following benefits including:
- Physical benefits including balance, muscle strength and co-ordinanation.
- Psychological benefits including self-confidence, a sense of well-being and patience.
- Social benefits including new friendships, a respect and love for animals and enjoyment.
- Educational benefits including reading/writing improvement, sequencing and planning eye/hand co-ordination.
The aim of our programs is to develop in our rider’s physical and social skills through the enjoyment of horses.
Our programs run over three days of the week catering to approximately 30 riders participating from schools, care centres and individually. The aim of our programs is to develop in our rider’s physical and social skills through the enjoyment of horses.
We are a not-for-profit organisation who rely on the generosity of individuals, grants, community groups, local businesses and fundraising to cover our running expenses of our centre.
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