North Shore Group Riding for the Disabled Inc is a community based voluntary organisation welcoming clients from across the North Shore and Rodney District. Our riders are referred to us through the health and education systems.
We ride during all four school terms on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. North Shore RDA is a not-for-profit organisation. Our wonderful staff and volunteers organise and support every aspect of the riding sessions, maintain the buildings & land and manage the health of the horses. We do not receive any government funding, but rely totally on grants, donations from the public and riding donations.
North Shore RDA has 18 acre facility “Willow Farm” in Aubrey Road, Stillwater which is overseen by our hard-working land management team. The team ensure the smooth running of the farm, buildings, arena and sheds are in good repair, top dress the land, maintain fencing and gates, weed control, farm machinery upkeep and maintaining our water supply, tanks and troughs.
Miranda Seow – Head Coach
My ethos in regard to my role at RDA and therapy with horses revolves around the essence of riding itself. To be able to communicate and ride effectively the rider must be in the moment, have mental agility, emotional stability and physical coordination. All the skills needed for everyday life.
I am a certified riding instructor with expertise in building rider confidence, communication and position on the horse. I have a back ground in coaching (privately and at Pony Club) and have experience in Pilates.
Outside of RDA my spare time revolves around my three horses and my lifestyle block north of Auckland. My favorite riding disciplines are dressage and show hunter and I try to get out to a few shows when I can.
Contact Miranda by email email@example.com or phone 09 426 8110
Philippa Nicholls – Day Coordinator
I am new to North Shore RDA, but am looking forward to mucking in and helping out
wherever I can.
I have a recent background in classroom teaching and as a teenager competed in Eventing and Show-jumping. After a horse hiatus of 20 or so years I am excited about being around horses again.
I live on the Hibiscus Coast with my husband and 2 teenage children, 3 cats and a lovely Spoodle. We spend a large portion of our time at the beach with my two children who compete extensively in Surf Lifesaving.
Contact Philippa email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 09 426 8110
Shereena Rolland – Horse Manager
I am the Horse Manager and am responsible for ensuring North Shore RDA has an appropriate number and type of horses to provide quality therapeutic riding programmes. I manage all aspects of our horse’s health, welfare, tack and feed.
I enjoy working with adults, children, horses and animals. Over the years I have seen the therapeutic benefits of being around horses and experienced the healing and empathy that they can provide.
I have four children – two girls who worked with horses and two boys who are competitive snowboarders. I also own 12 horses (five large and seven minis), three dogs, five cats, chickens, guinea fowl and a goat.
Contact Shereena by email email@example.com or phone 09 426 8110