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Latest Updates
Family Fun Day 24 - Collage

May, 2024

During the holidays we held a Volunteer's Family day that was hugely popular.  Volunteers brought their kids, grand kids and great grand kids along, and Kate organised rides on our superstar ponies.  Thanks Kate and to all the Volunteers who participated.  

Click the image to see the kids in action

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April, 2024

A warm welcome to three new horses - Charlie, described as being like a typical Labrador puppy, he loves to play and craves human attention.  Mellow, a dapper black gypsy cob cross and Cruise, a little bay Welsh cross. Here they are being very successfully integrated into our programme.  Click on the image to see them all

Grand opening of Arena Roof

March, 2024

What a turn out we had for the Grand Opening of our new Arena Roof with over 120 people attending the event officiated by Tom Webster of Grand Designs NZ and of course our President Tim Lofts 😊  

Smart Shelters constructed the roof and were there to provide a fantastic burger lunch and drinks for all from their mobile kitchen.  Well done Jon Cottle and the team at Smart Shelters.

One of the highlights of the opening was the opportunity to demonstrate what we do, with a wonderful exhibition of riding by regular NSRDA riders and Coach Judith and volunteers.  The opening was followed by a full-on demonstration of the powerful sprinkler system installed in the arena to dampen dust and keep the area cool in the heat of summer.

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Our Arena Roof is Up!

October, 2023

A Big thank you again to our wonderful funders for their grants and donations, making our arena roof possible.  Read the full story ...

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Spring Fling

September, 2023

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.

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Local good sorts

July, 2023

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.

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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

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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.

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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! 

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Welcome to our new Horse Manager -
Kate Doyle

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
term fees.
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.

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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!

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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! 

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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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.

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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.

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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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