Long-time Maryborough Riding for Disabled member Anne-Maree Hausknecht is placed on her horse with the efforts of dedicated volunteers including trainee coach Wayne McGrath (behind), Ann Daley (left front), Lionel Miller (middle), trainee instructor Maggie Rippey (front), Bill Brown and Neville Scougall (back).
Long-time Maryborough Riding for Disabled member Anne-Maree Hausknecht is placed on her horse with the efforts of dedicated volunteers including trainee coach Wayne McGrath (behind), Ann Daley (left front), Lionel Miller (middle), trainee instructor Maggie Rippey (front), Bill Brown and Neville Scougall (back).

Volunteers make horse riding easy

IT’S NOT JUST a case of getting on a horse and riding off into the sunset for members of the Maryborough Riding for the Disabled Club.

These excited riders require the help of volunteers, qualified instructors, bomb-proof horses, sponsors and helpers with the right kind of attitude and patience.

And secretary Noel Ryan knows that’s one tall order but he has high hopes that the community might like to put RDA on their menu.

The club was formed in 1979 with the aim of providing opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, stimulating and therapeutic horse-related activities.

“We have a good rapport with local organisations and special school educators that care for disabled people and over that period of time have made a real difference with the lives of many,” Mr Ryan said.

“Community and service clubs along with the local council and our dedicated volunteers are the life blood of our existence.

“We encourage like-minded people to serve the community, without personal reward, to assist those less fortunate.”

Running costs for the association has hit an all time high and Mr Ryan is hoping to hold on with some community support.

“Costs are enormous. We rely solely on donations through community groups, hold a bi-annual garage sale and run local fundraising barbecue days throughout the year,” he said.

“Over the years Maryborough’s community groups have played a vital role in our response to strive for improvement of the individual disabled rider.

“To many riders, this activity has become the highlight of the week.

“They are proud of their ability to handle their horse and a grin hardly leaves their faces the whole time they are in the saddle. Some would come every day if they could.”

Mr Ryan believes the individual support given to the disabled riders is pretty well priceless.

To make a donation or find out more phone Mr Ryan on 4121 3880 or 0403 693 817.



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