Improving Lives

Sugarloaf RDA aims to improve the lives of people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and other disabilities by providing opportunities that can benefit them through horse riding.  Our riders find that riding enriches their lives, by encouraging confidence, core strength, co-ordination,  and physical health.

Benefit to disabled riders :

  • Physically: improving muscle tone, posture, balance and motor skills.
  • Therapeutic: relaxing and interaction with horse .
  • Personally: by learning new skills, and achieving something to tell family and friends about.
  • Social Skills: by getting out, making friends, and being part of a team.
  • Independence: being in control of the horse and forming a bond.
  • Enjoy the outdoors, by riding  out in the countryside.
  • Engaging with the horses and ponies.

And most of all, they have fun !

Volunteers and Fundraising

We’re proud of our team of volunteers, and we rely completely on them.  Their help and support for our riders is vital to Sugarloaf.  New volunteers are always welcome.  If you’d like to make a real difference to people’s lives, at the same time as learning new skills and making friends, please read more.

We need to fundraise to keep our regular weekly rides going, and also to build our project for the future.  We hold regular fund raising events, which are very well supported by our local community.  Local companies are also strong supporters and sponsors.

Our Future

We want to do more to help people in our area.  For example, there are over 200 schoolchildren with disabilities in Thurrock alone, so there is always a waiting list of people wanting to ride with us.  Therefore we have launched a major project to help grow in the future.

The Riding for the Disabled Association

We are part of the Riding for the Disabled Association, , which has provided opportunities for  riding for over 40 years.  Through it’s 500 groups and 18,000 volunteers it provides riding for 28,000 participants.

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