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Latest Updates
Volunteer Training

January 7, 2023

Does your new year's resolution include helping others, giving back to the community or spending more time outside?

Maybe volunteering with North Shore Riding for the Disabled is for you!!  We are holding Volunteer training sessions for new and existing volunteers on the following dates:

Tuesday 31st Jan, Wednesday 1st Feb, Thursday 2nd Feb. 

Training will start at 10am sharp with a shared morning tea. The day’s program will conclude around 1pm


Please contact to register your interest in attending.  See our website for more details about our Group and the role our volunteers play in delivering our programmes at

Volunteering at North Shore RDA is a great way to meet people, stay fit and make a real difference in the lives of others – if you’re interested in joining us, we would love to hear from you. Riding sessions for those with a disability are held at our facilities at 74 Aubrey Road, Stillwater each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (excluding school holidays).  We need volunteers to be involved in a wide range of activities such as helping to care for RDA horses, leading horses and supporting riders during lessons, assisting with grounds, maintenance, helping out with fundraising activities, and more.

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2023 Calendars are now available

December 20, 2022

Our 2023 calendars are now available. Full of beautiful photos, they are only $25 (plus $5 postage if needed) and make great gifts. If you would like one, please let Philippa in the office know or email your order to

Bank account for payment is 12-3087-0119656-00

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Coastlife Magazine

October 25, 2022

Read about North Shore RDA in the October issue of Coastlife magazine where we made the front cover.  Thanks Coastlife!

Click here to read the article

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In memory of Bruce Westbrooke

September 30, 2022

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Bruce Westbrooke.

Bruce has been a stalwart supporter of NSRDA for over 20 years. He served as a Trustee during the time when our land was acquired, the Trust set up and the barn constructed, acting as honorary lawyer during that time.

Since then, he has remained very interested in our Group and the progress we make, attending our Inc AGMs over the past few years and regularly making donations to the Trust for long-term projects. Bruce was also the long-term partner of Lynette Miller, our Treasurer, and our thoughts and condolences go out to her.

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Thank you to PETStock Assist

September 1, 2022

All this month, Petstock stores across the country are raising funds for NZRDA. They are aiming to raise $25,000 from their customers and that will be match-funded by Petstock Assist to make a potential total of $50,000.   
Thanks for your support Petstock!  To find out more follow this link

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Samantha Hayes appointed Ambassador for 
NZ Riding for the Disabled

July 16, 2022

NZ Riding for the Disabled is extremely pleased to announce our new Ambassador, Samantha Hayes.  

Samantha has been a big supporter of NZRDA over the years, with NZRDA being her charity of choice on her winning season of Dancing with the Stars 2018.  We're looking forward to working alongside Samantha to continue to reach more riders and change more lives.

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Celebrating 60 years of Service
NZ Riding for the Disabled

July 4, 2022

NZ Riding for the Disabled marks its 60th anniversary of service to NZ communities this year.  At our national Conference in Wellington, this was celebrated by a special video address from HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, patron of NZ Riding for the Disabled.  Presentation of awards was by Kiwi Paralympic double Gold Medallist Liam Malone and well-known local 3News Anchor Samantha Hayes.

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Whangaparaoa Lions club donation

June 27, 2022

We are very thankful to have received a donation from the Whangaparaoa Lions Club, as sadly they wind up their club. 

The club has been a long time supporter of North Shore RDA and we are immensely grateful for their support. 

To show our appreciation, we hosted a number of the club’s members for morning tea and a tour of our facilities.

Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu/National Volunteer week

June 19, 2022

National Volunteer Week runs from 19-25 June 2022 and honours the collective energies and mana of all our volunteers in Aotearoa New Zealand.

​More than one million people across the country volunteer for an organisation, contributing $4 billion to the economy.

At North Shore RDA we are celebrating our volunteers all week with special morning teas to thank them for all their efforts! 

Are You Our New Horse Manager?

February 6, 2022

We are looking for a Horse Manager (up to 25 hours per week, during School Terms) to help our herd of 8-10 horses provide the best therapy riding programmes to our clients with disabilities.

To know more - see our recent Facebook post, you can download the Position Description here.

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Rocky is Number one!

September 6, 2020

After a nationwide hunt for New Zealand's coolest RDA horses, our very own Rocky won the national title, ready for the 2021 NZRDA Calendar. Keep your eyes open for our own North Shore 2021 Calendar, coming soon!

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We're back!

June 11, 2020

We are able to open again and welcome our riders back to re-make their friendships with their favourite horse and enjoy their riding once again. A big ‘Thank You!’ goes to Charlie, our Horse Manager, Miranda, our Coach, and all our wonderful volunteers who have helped maintain the health of our horses during the phases of lockdown and then worked tirelessly to get them fit again after weeks in the paddocks.

Shorelines Scoop

April 8, 2020

A lovely article published in our local East Coast Bays community magazine, Shorelines.
A shout out to our staff and volunteers who make this possible.

Covid 19
Riding Suspended

March 20, 2020

We are sad to announce that, due to COVID-19 we have made the decision to cease riding until further notice. Our overriding concern is one of safety for both our riders and our wonderful group of volunteers.

Santa on the Trot

December 17, 2019

Great coverage of our year end Christmas event from Local Matters

Thank You BNZ

November 10, 2019

A big Shout Out and Thanks go to the team from BNZ Partners North Shore, based in Constellation Drive, who came and helped us out with a Working Bee just recently.

Thank You InterMed

July 26, 2019

We have been very fortunate, to be awarded a $5,000 donation by local company InterMed, as part of their new initiative 'InterMed Giving Back'. Nominated by one of our great volunteers, Carol Cronje (who also works at InterMed), we became their first recipient.

Welcome Charlie!

February 16, 2019

Meet Charlie, our horse manager. She is responsible for looking after our herd - from feeding, grooming, general healthcare to training and riding. She’s our go-to-girl for anything horsey.

Congratulations to our Hero

June 28, 2018

Our very own Annette Wilson won $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant. RDA will use the grant to buy a horse for the group, which Annette says is significant. “We will be able to source a horse with the perfect size, age, health and temperament to join our current herd.”

Congratulations Graham

June 19, 2018

What a great Volunteer Awareness Week we're having at North Shore RDA! Our wonderful Graham Sandy received a Volunteers Award last evening from Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. Well done, Graham - and big thanks to all our great volunteers!

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