Throstle Nest Riding for the Disabled Group is a registered charity. We work closely with Throstle Nest Riding School to provide a variety of opportunities for disabled riders and also for the local community.

Thanks to our committed group of volunteers and to the experienced riding school staff, disabled riders of any ability can come to Throstle Nest to:-
learn new skills.
improve health and wellbeing.
increase confidence.
build new relationships with both horses and people.
Enjoy themselves!

Here’s what some of our groups say: “Our children come twice a week and really enjoy each visit.” “The staff and volunteers are so committed.”

Throstle Nest RDA and Throstle Nest Riding School also offer volunteering opportunities to a wide cross-section of the local community, including:-
students needing work experience.
young people struggling with conventional forms of education (including those at risk of exclusion).
people wishing to gain new skills to help them find employment.
anybody looking for a meaningful form of exercise and a satisfying activity.

Here’s what some of our volunteers say: “I love coming to lead the horses.” “Seeing the riders enjoy themselves is so rewarding.” “Better than going to the gym – by a long way!”

From 2010-2012 Throstle Nest RDA group, together with the Riding School, raised an amazing £63,000 to fund a new covered arena. Princess Anne, President of the RDA opened the new facility in April 2012 and described it as “fantastic.” Major donors were the Riding School and the Asda Foundation.

Throstle Nest RDA group is now reaping the rewards – riding is no longer disrupted by the weather and there is also a safe secure covered viewing area.

BUT we still need your help!

Now that we have the new facility, demand for RDA has increased. More funds are needed for the regular subsidised groups, for new equipment, an office area and further improvements to viewing.
If you would like to help, there are lots of options. Perhaps one will appeal to you – or to somebody you know.

Become a volunteer. We need people to lead horses and assist with riders and there are opportunities on most days of the week. If you don’t already have one you will be asked to complete a (free) CRB check. Previous experience with horses is useful but not necessary as training will be given.
Sponsor a pony. £200 a year (or £4 a week) will pay for a disabled person to ride once a week for a year.
Donate. Regular donations (via standing order) or one-off donations are welcome. Gift Aid adds 25%.
Support our fundraising programme. Attend the annual ball and other events, buy a raffle or tombola ticket. Come along and enjoy a bacon butty or a cake in ‘Sarah’s Kitchen’. Help with our bag-packing sessions at local supermarkets.
Give us your old clothing and bric a brac for our Eco Kids collections. We have three or four collections each year and raise about £300 a time. It really helps.
Hold your own fundraising event, such as a coffee morning or a sponsored walk. If you like we’ll send along a speaker/representative to talk about the RDA and our work.
Advertise your business in the indoor arena. Prices on application.
If you know of an organisation or foundation which might donate – or if you work for a business that supports charities – then please tell us about it! We’ll do the applications and the paperwork.

If you would like to support this very worthwhile cause or if you would like to join an RDA lesson and learn to ride then please see Jeannette or Sarah or Abi. Call in at the stables or ring 01274 639390

Thank you on behalf of our disabled riders.
And, in the words of the RDA. “It’s what you can do that counts.”