Keep up to date with all the activities going on at North Shore RDA.
The Arrival of Spring at the end of Term three saw the team celebrating with our Spring Fling. Click on the photo to watch some of the fun our riders and volunteers enjoyed.
Local good sorts
Both Colleen Masters and Luisa Shanahan feature in a recent Channel Magazine article that shares the stories of volunteers who give up their precious time for the community groups they love so much. Thank you Colleen and Luisa. Click here to read the article.
25 years of volunteering
June 26, 2023
Congratulations to Colleen Masters on receiving a special award to recognise her 25 years of outstanding commitment and service to North Shore RDA. Colleen was also recognised at NZ RDA's recent national conference, for her fantastic committment to Riding for the Disabled. You can read about Colleen's incredible journey with North Shore RDA here
Colleen also featured in Hibiscus Coast Matters for her fantastic volunteering service achievement Read the article here
Dr Rachel Batty appointed President
May 4th, 2023
At our recent AGM, Dr Rachel Batty was unanimously elected as President. We asked Rachel to talk about her background and experience.
"I am a senior lecturer in sport development at Massey University and hold an undergraduate degree in community recreation (with a minor in therapeutic recreation) and a PhD in stakeholder management. From a governance perspective, I have held board member roles for a number of National Sport Organisations and have served as Board Chair and Deputy Chair. In my previous governance roles, I have held responsibility for strategic planning, brand management, internal policy development, sponsorship, and stakeholder management. I was an inaugural affiliate of the Sport New Zealand/Appoint Better Boards Women in Governance programme and am also a member of the recently established Aktive Women in Sport Governance Network.
We're sure you will agree that Rachel has the experience, skills and empathy with our mission to lead North Shore RDA. Please make yourself known to her when you see her at the Barn.
Tim Lofts takes on key roles
May 4th, 2023
Tim stepped down as President at our recent AGM. Tim thoroughly enjoyed his role as President and seeing the results achieved since he first joined North Shore RDA in 2015 as Treasurer. At the time he was appointed as President, he and the team worked to define our strategic goals for the next 5 years. Wind forward 5 years and most of the major goals have been completed or are well in hand so he feel it’s the right time for a new President to step in and drive the next 5-year strategic plan.
Tim doesn't intend to ease up his North Shore RDA workload though, he remains on the Governance committee and will drive Marketing and Fundraising for 2023. In addition NZ RDA, have invited him to join the National Board.
Congratulations Tim for a job well done!
Welcome to our new Horse Manager -
April 19, 2023
We are very happy to have found Kate Doyle as our new Horse Manager. Kate has lived in NZ for almost 5 years, having moved here with her family: husband Chris and her two sons aged 13 and 10, and they also have a 25 year old son and their first grandchild in the UK.
Kate has worked with horses all her life and holds BHS stage 1, 2 and 3 in horse management and care. As she says, "horses are my passion and life."
She has worked in many aspects of the horse world, some of her most memorable years were at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, which is the UK's largest equine sanctuary, where she helped to look after over 1,200 horses ponies and donkeys. She took part in rescuing, daily care, learning and working with Kelly Marks, working and running the visitor centers.
Since being in NZ and not working with horses, she has busied herself fostering over 50 dogs and puppies for the Saving Hope Foundation. She has a dog called Ruby (a Saving Hope rescue) and 2 donkeys, Stanley and Ollie at home, both aged 20.
In her spare time she will most likely be found up to her knees in donkey cuddles and kisses, or going on adventures and exploring NZ with my family and Ruby. We love spending family time at the beach.
Please give her a huge NSRDA welcome as she settles-in to her new role!
Did you know you can apply for financial assistance to help pay your fees?
April 17, 2023
There are a number of different organisations that you can apply
to for financial assistance with paying for fees, apparel, or
equipment needed for riding and participating in our programs.
Such funding may cover part, or all of the costs associated with
N.B. As a participant or parent/caregiver of a participant, you will
need to apply to these organisations individually. For more information please read the attached document.
Are You Our New Horse Manager?
March 14, 2023
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.
Starlink Internet & Phone service installed
February 7, 2023
On Tuesday 7th February, Next Group installed a new Starlink satellite dish on the barn roof and we went online with our new Starlink internet service. This provides us with reliable high speed internet and phone services that are just not possible with our existing copper line service.
Our thanks to Next Group for generously providing our installation free of charge!
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 email@example.com
Bank account for payment is 12-3087-0119656-00
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.northshorerda.org
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!