About us

Cambs College RDA is a fun and friendly group which meets weekly to provide equestrian activities to young adults with disabilities in the Cambridge area. Founded in the late 1980s, the group is well-established at The College of West Anglia's Milton campus in north Cambridge.

Some of our riders, horses, and volunteers on a group lesson

Who is it for? 

Most of our riders are aged between 16 and 30. The RDA is suitable for people with all types of disabilities, including physical, sensory and learning disabilities, and many RDA riders have more than one type of disability. RDA coaches and volunteers are trained to help riders to have fun and progress whatever their disability, and various members of the group use specially adapted equipment to help them ride safely. You don't need to have any previous experience with horses, and some people like to come and watch some sessions before sitting on a horse for the first time. All RDA groups have an upper weight limit which varies from group to group, as it is based upon the maximum weight a group's horses can carry. Please note, our weight limit is 12.5 stone.

Lessons usually begin with a good stretch to warm up!

When and where do you ride? 

We ride from 4 – 6pm every Thursday during the school term time, at the College of West Anglia's Milton campus, and we ride in the Indoor Arena.

How much does it cost? 

Lessons currently cost £5 for a 40 minute group lesson. There are normally five riders in each group. Do please contact us if you are interested in joining the Cambs College RDA, but we do currently have a waiting list.

How can I get involved? 

If you or someone you care for would like to consider joining the group then please get in touch with either Gillian Newsum (Group Chairman) or Mavis Bishop (Group Secretary) - contact details are available on the Contact page. We are currently experiencing a high demand for places, but we can put riders on our waiting list if they are keen to join.