Photo courtesy of Huon News
Picture Courtesy of Huon News
RDA Kingborough has had a long and rich history in the Kingborough area going back to 1977 when a Riding for the Disabled program first operated in the Huntingfield area. Since then, the centre has moved to a number of locations in the Kingborough area and for some time was known as Pegasus RDA when it moved from the Huntingfield area to Bill and Pat Hodgman’s property on Summerleas Road. Riding was held on this property for several years in a fenced paddock.
In 1983 the Kingborough Council donated an area of land in Gormley Drive to be used for sporting ventures for people with disabilities. It was officially inaugurated in 1994 and RDA Kingborough operated there until 2010 when the Council reacquired the RDA grazing land for the Twin Ovals and the arena and clubhouse to make way for the Community Gardens and the Men’s Shed.
RDA Kingborough was lucky enough to be offered a temporary facility, operating on private property on Roba Court and operating in fenced paddock areas once again. This was meant only to be for a couple of years until a permanent/long term facility could be found, but through several unsuccessful opportunities to find a new home and through the kindness of the owners, the stay lasted for 7 years until 2017 whereby the owners could no longer hold off selling their property. Whilst there, we did take over the property and had developed a mounting arena with a ramp, a basic sand covered arena, tack up bays, fenced off several paddocks and acquired an office block and two sea containers for storing food, tack and program specific equipment.
Over the years at Roba Court, many attempts were made with Council, businesses and private home owners to try to find land, but it all came to no avail and RDA Kingborough are no longer operating in the Kingborough area. RDA Kalang kindly offered to share their facilities in Glenorchy and we have been operating at our shared facility at RDA Kalang since term 4 2017. This is a temporary solution until something can be found in the Kingborough area.
Operating out of RDA Kalang, we have access to some wonderful facilities. A mounting area with a ramp allowing for a safe and dedicated area to mount and dismount riders. We do not have a hoist or a trained team to operate a hoist at present, so we can only accept riders into our program who are able to weight bear.
The centre has a 20m x 40m, uncovered sand arena. The centre is also situated in a wonderful bush setting, allowing for mini trail rides. There is also a handy pony course (or mini trec course) set up away from the arena in a semi cleared bush area. This is a work in progress and it is hoped that we can work with RDA Kalang to expand upon this.
There is plenty of parking not too far from the club room with an undercover area for parents and carers to comfortably watch the lessons. There is also a wheelchair accessible toilet.
OUR COACHES and PROGRAM
RDA Kingborough currently run three lessons on a Thursday throughout the school term starting at 10am and finishing at 1.15pm. Lessons average 4 riders in each and run for at least 30 minutes, but are allocated a 45 minute time slot allowing time for mounting and dismounting. We offer both mounted and unmounted activities (horse mastership) and all activities are supervised by RDA coaches.
We have three Level 1 Coaches who all have varying experience with horses and horse riding prior to their involvement with RDA. They have undergone extensive training and are assessed and accredited by RDA Australia under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.
Lessons are conducted and planned by RDA coaches with the assistance of RDA trained volunteers. Our Coaches plan lessons based on rider’s abilities and they also set individual goals and outcomes for each rider and these goals are taken into account when planning lesson activities. Goals may be, but are not limited to areas such as riding, social, educational and therapeutic.
The majority of lessons are conducted in the 20m x 40m arena and incorporate elements of dressage, pole work, jumping, therapeutic riding and mounted games.
When the weather is too hot in the sun for riding on the uncovered arena or on days when the arena is too wet underfoot, then coaches have the option to conduct mini trail rides. The trail rides are a great change of routine away from the arena and give riders a chance to relax and simply enjoy their horse whilst taking in the sights and sounds of the bush setting. Much better than therapy in a stuffy old hospital facility!
Often as part of the mini trail ride, coaches incorporate the handy pony course area. The course incorporates mostly natural obstacles that test both the rider’s and horse’s ability to navigate through a series of obstacles.
We have three RDA Level 1 Coaches running our Thursday lessons. Ideally we would love to utilise our coaches more efficiently and operate more riding days, but are limited by lack of volunteers. We hope to incorporate a fourth lesson again in the not too distant future. If you would love to become a volunteer and help us to extend our lesson days, please contact our Centre (see contact details below).
Future long term program goals for our coaches include incorporating an unmounted program for wet weather days, a vaulting program (both barrel vaulting and horse vaulting) and developing more mounted games opportunities.
We are currently sharing our equine herd with RDA Kalang and with horses from both Centres we have a team of 6 horses that we are using regularly in lessons with another one in the process of being accredited.
Horses in our program are donated, leased or purchased and whilst RDA Kingborough work may not be physically demanding, the requirements are considerable and our RDA horses are chosen to suit a number of factors.
We are always on the lookout for reliable horses to use in our riding program. If you have a horse you think would be suitable or know of someone who does, please contact our Centre (see contact details below).
Support our PROGRAM
Become a volunteer on a riding day. You don’t need to have any horse experience, all training is provided. It's rewarding, it’s fun and it's great exercise. Or why not offer your time and expertise in other ways and become a committee member, assist with fund raising or help with horse maintenance. Our job list is just waiting for you to add your name to it.
RDA Kingborough Centre Details
Location: 500 Kalang Ave, Glenorchy
Riding Day: Thursday (except school holidays)
Lesson Times: 10:00am, 10:45am and 12:30pm
Postal Address: PO Box 597, Kingston, TAS 7051
Phone: 0407 202 710
Public contact person:
Sue Cole (Vice President)
Phone: 0407 202 710