South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA) was established in Cape Town in 1973 by Belinda Sampson and Joy Finlay. Today there are additional SARDA Centres in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Sedgefield.
SARDA Cape Town is affiliated to the RDA in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI).
SARDA’s aim is to provide therapeutic and recreational horse riding for people living with disabilities so that they might benefit in all aspects of their mental, physical and social lives.
SARDA Cape Town practices its work according to RDA principles, which means people living with disabilities are taught to ride by qualified Riding for the Disabled (RDA) instructors. The ultimate goal is that the riders are taught to ride as independently as possible. The riders benefit physically from the movement of the horse and from many other aspects of riding, including psycho-social benefits, self-esteem and competing with peers on an equal footing.
SARDA exists as a result of teamwork with all instructors and helpers volunteering their time and knowledge.
SARDA Cape Town encourages equestrians and therapists to learn the RDA teaching methods. SARDA Cape Town offers an RDA instructor training course and examinations. If you are interested in becoming an RDA horse riding teacher, please contact the SARDA office in Cape Town.