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Coach's Brief

Greetings all,

This is my first newsletter, and I am very new to Coaching at RDA. So first a quick introduction.

My background is as owner/operator of a riding school for the past 30 years. I have introduced many children to the joys of equestrian sport and have seen how it impacts many aspects of their lives.

Joining NZRDA was a move I made with some trepidation. I was unsure I would “fit”. I was unsure my coaching skills would be relevant.

I would like to start with my first impressions.

NSRDA is a “Happy place.”

I arrived to see willing supportive volunteers, some there due to their love of all things equine, some because of their connection to our riders, and some because of the companionship of the other volunteers. There are smiles! Lots of smiles!  And that before we even greet our first group of riders!! The joy that being with the ponies brings to our riders is evident on their faces. To quote Winston Churchill “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”

NSRDA is an "Inclusive place."

Volunteers of different ages, genders, and levels of experience, but with a common goal to improve the quality of life of our riders. Students from various health disciplines come to gain experience and in turn share their knowledge with us. Riders with many and varied unique challenges. Parents and teachers who get to stand back, observe and enjoy. You are made to feel very welcome.

NSRDA is a "Learning place."

Yes, it is my role to coach riding, but what I am quickly discovering is that the riders have so much to teach me too. Skills like resilience, overcoming adversity, courage, determination. All vital skills for everyone in everyday life. Hopefully, I can share some of my experience and support their horse-riding journey, providing new opportunities, experiences, and challenges, while ensuring we all have FUN.

I am excited about where this new path will take me. I’m sure there will be a few bumps in the road, but I know I will have all the support I need, just like the RDA crew are there to support our riders achieve to the absolute best of their ability.

If you know someone who might benefit from our programme, or might be interested in volunteering or supporting NSRDA, please see our website for more information.

Judith Finch


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