ABOUT US

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.


Our Staff

Andrea Elmer – Head Coachandrea

Andrea started volunteering at North Shore RDA in 2008 and found the perfect outlet for her love of horses and her passion for helping others.

Andrea is a qualified Assistant RDA Coach and has a postgraduate Diploma in Business & Human Resource Management and vast experience in human resource management and consulting. She is currently continuing with papers to gain her full RDA Coach qualification.

Before this role, Andrea volunteered at North Shore RDA, holding various committee positions. Andrea lives in Murrays Bay and is married to Les who regularly lends a helping hand at RDA. They have three daughters and an exuberant Irish Setter dog, Fergus, who loves to visit RDA on non-riding days.

Contact Andrea  by email coach@northshorerda.org or phone 09 426 8110


Shannon Mitchell – Trainee Assistant Coachshannon

Shannon stepped into the role of Trainee Assistant Coach in October 2016 following two years as the Day Coordinator. Shannon has been involved with North Shore RDA since 2010. Shannon is working towards gaining her RDA Assistant Coach qualification.

Shannon grew up on the North Shore and has been around horses for most of her life, partly in thanks to a father who was an apprentice jockey and keen horseman. Shannon lives in Stanmore Bay with her partner Laurie and 3 year old daughter Eleanor.

Contact Shannon by email coach@northshorerda.org or phone 09 426 8110


Rhonda Cope – Day Coordinator

Rhonda has been volunteering with North Shore RDA over the past 8 years 17356891_10158533959345529_1663726557_oand during this period has been a committee member, Secretary and Day Coordinator.

Rhonda feels very passionate about  and understands the therapeutic qualities that animals can offer, having recently completed an ‘Animal Assisted Therapy’ paper.

Rhonda lives locally on a block of land with her husband, Deane.  They have 3 grown up sons.  They share their property with 2 cats, 2 dogs, 3 alpacas and 2 miniature donkeys.