Accessibility Mark

A Shared Passion Helping Disabled Riders

Disabled Riders at Accessibility Mark

In the 50th anniversary year of RDA, the opportunities available to disabled riders are now much more varied than when the charity first began five decades ago.

Two Kent-based centres that are working together to complement each other perfectly are Chalkdown RDA and Smarden Therapeutic Stables, which is an Accessibility Mark accredited centre.

The two very different groups are located just seven miles apart but share the same passion and goals for making a huge difference to the lives of their amazing riders.

Tapping into the Therapeutic Benefits of Riding

Two horses ready for riding

Tapping into the Therapeutic Benefits of Riding with Accessibility Mark

Barnfields Riding Stables based in Chingford, London is looking forward to welcoming more disabled riders to take to the saddle, thanks to Accessibility Mark.

Located near the popular horse riding locations of High Beach and Epping Forest, Barnfields Stables offer lessons to riders of all abilities but specialise in novice and nervous riders.

Owner Natasha Burke decided to apply for accreditation after finding details of the joint scheme between the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and the British Equestrian Federation online.

Accessibility Mark aims to provide riding schools with the knowledge to confidently deliver sessions to disabled riders.

Accessibility Mark and RDA Work Together to Help Kitty Achieve Her Goals

Kitty riding a horse from Accessibility Mark

12-year-old Kitty Scarboro has loved horses all her life, first sitting on a horse at six months old during an equine therapy session. 

Kitty, from Battle, East Sussex, was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which means that it affects all the muscles in her body. A wheelchair user, she also struggles with talking, using her hands and arms and her legs are difficult to control.

Four years ago Kitty asked her Dad, Simon, if she could learn to ride – not therapy riding, like she does in her equine therapy sessions but what she called ‘normal’ riding. She loved the idea of participating in a sport that didn’t involve her wheelchair.

Student Volunteers Gain Valuable Experience Through Accessibility Mark

Student Volunteers Gain Valuable Experience Through Accessibility Mark

In 2018 Sparsholt College in Hampshire became the 50thcentre to gain Accessibility Mark accreditation, with the aim of expanding its services to disabled riders.

Horse riding has many well-documented therapeutic benefits for disabled people but, as a recent study by RDA found out, it can also have a huge impact on the volunteers that support participants.

Full-time students undertaking one of the range of equine courses on offer at the college are actively encouraged to volunteer with the Accessibility Mark sessions that take place every week, to help build their portfolio and improve their employment skills.

Challenging Stereotypes with Accessibility Mark 

Accessibility Mark Horse Riders

In 2019 RDA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the success of the Accessibility Mark scheme is testament to the charity’s work in breaking down barriers and making riding a sport for all.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

The theme for RDA’s 50thanniversary year is ‘challenging stereotypes’, which is exactly what Accessibility Mark centres strive to achieve on a daily basis. 

Accessibility Mark Helps Transform Lives

Alisha riding Accessibility Mark horse

Horses are amazing animals that have the ability to make a real difference to people’s lives. Evidence of this can be seen on a daily basis at Accessibility Mark centres up and down the country.

When Church Farm Equestrian Centre organised an event to mark Disabled Access Day in March 2017, they hoped it might generate some interest from a few new riders.

Such was the success of the event that some of the visitors who attended the day are still riding at the centre nearly two years on, and it has had a hugely positive impact on their lives.

Saddle Up for Summer with Accessibility Mark

Accessibility Mark

It has never been easier for disabled people to have a go at horse riding with 48 Accessibility Mark accredited centres up and down the country, providing riding opportunities for people with a range of physical and learning disabilities.

The RDA, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Raising the Bar for Disabled Riders with Accessibility Mark

Accessibility Mark

Cloud Stables based in Reading has become the latest equestrian Accessibility Mark Centre to gain accreditation with a national scheme to provide more riding opportunities for disabled riders.

Cloud Stables based in Reading has successfully fulfilled the necessary criteria to become an Accessibility Mark Centre. Established since 1972, Cloud Stables provides lessons for riders of all abilities, using their fantastic facilities that boast both an indoor and outdoor arena.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Accessibility Mark Comes to Isle of Wight

Accessibility Mark Comes to Isle of Wight

A riding centre on the Isle of Wight has become the latest centre to form an association with RDA through its Accessibility Mark scheme.

Island Riding Centre gained its accreditation following training and assessment and is now hoping to be able to expand its services to more disabled riders.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Set in stunning countryside, Island Riding Centre is the premier riding venue on the Isle of Wight, and benefits from some of the best beach and countryside trails in the UK.

Achieving Inner Greatness with Accessibility Mark

Achieving Inner Greatness with Accessibility Mark

At the end of 2017, Hall Place Equestrian Centre based in Reading gained its Accessibility Mark accreditation.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Hall Place was delighted to receive this recognition.  Riders with special behavioural and physical needs have been riding at the centre for over 35 years and the Tilehurst RDA Group ride at Hall Place weekly.