Throstle Nest RDA Group
Throstle Nest Riding for the Disabled Group is based at Throstle Nest Riding School in Fagley Lane, BD2 which is a long established family business serving an inner city community being just two miles from the centre of Bradford. The riding school and the RDA group work side by side and using the same superbly trained and very versatile horses and ponies. In 2012 we raised the money to erect a new indoor riding arena which was opened by HRH The Princess Royal who is President of the Riding for the Disabled Association.
The aim of the RDA group is to give any disabled person, adult or child, the opportunity to participate in horse riding thus learning new skills, improving their general health, well being and confidence and building relationships with volunteers and horses. Thanks to our committed group of volunteers, disabled riders of any ability can come to Throstle Nest to experience a challenging physical activity while building their self confidence and physical fitness. Throstle Nest RDA group subsidise the cost of lessons for all the disabled riders. The rewards are plain to see.
We are active members of the national Riding for the Disabled Association from whom we receive information, advice and guidance as our parent charity. However, they are not able to provide us with financial assistance and the Throstle Nest RDA Group has been a registered charity in its own right since 1st April 1999 (Registered Charity No 1073620). We fund raise constantly to ensure we always have enough money to subsidise the lessons we offer to our disabled riders. We also have to raise all the funds needed to keep our equipment up to date so that riders can have the special tack and clothing they need to be safe and confident on the horses.
The group also offers volunteering opportunities to a wide cross section of the local community from housewives wanting a meaningful form of exercise to students needing work experience and we also take school pupils who struggle with conventional forms of education and unemployed people looking to gain new skills to help them find employment.
The horse and ponies we use are exceptional. They are chosen for their patience and reliability with our disabled riders but are all capable of having fun with the pony club and riding school.