Samford Riding for the Disabled is holding its Open Day at the Jenny O'Malley Arena, Samford Showgrounds, Showgrounds Drive, Highvale on Saturday, 1 August, 2015 from at 9.00am until 1.00pm
Entry to the event is FREE.
Come on out to the beautiful hills around Samford and take the opportunity to understand the work done in our community by this wonderful band of purple shirted volunteers. You might also have the opportunity to share some birthday carrots with the stars of the day as 1 August is the International Horses' Birthday in the southern hemisphere.
Although the event is not designed as a fund raiser for the organisation, what's a day out in the country without a home-baked morning tea, a bit of face painting and a sausage sizzle? There will also be some amazing riding displays by the students, including a ride-a-thon to demonstrate the hard work the riders have put in to acquiring their new range of skills. In among all the activity you will find some very interesting information display stalls from Samford RDA's partners.
The day is certainly not all about people. It's going to be a great opportunity to meet the 12 Samford RDA horses. These wonderful four-legged friends all have that special something enabling them to work with disabled riders helping to improve the riders' physical strength, balance, coordination, speech and mobility. Don't miss this opportunity to see these very placid and perceptive horses up close.
This is the life – on holidays and waiting for a pedicure.
A further part of the celebrations is the 27 July to the 2 August is RDA Awareness Week so this is your opportunity to learn about how the National organisation is constantly enriching the lives of people with physical and intellectual disabilities and how the wonderful financial support received from the public and sponsors is used.
Samford Riding for the Disabled is a voluntary and not-for-profit organisation, providing therapeutic and recreational horse riding programs for children and adults with disabilities. The riding and other horse-related activities benefit people with disabilities which can include intellectual, specific learning disorders, injuries from accidents, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, visual and hearing impairments, autism and many more.
The Open Day will show you how the therapeutic benefits gained from horse riding affect the riders' lives in so many ways. These benefits include, improved core strength and stability, development of better co-ordination and balance, enhanced speech and communication skills, greater confidence and ability to interact socially.
The incredible three-way bond between rider, volunteer and horse is tangible in every step along the way
And probably the greatest achievement brought about by horse riding for the riders is that they have loads and loads of fun. Horse riding is a significant outdoor activity for people who may often find it difficult to participate in mainstream sports.
Riding for the Disabled provides the means for people with disabilities and volunteers, throughout Australia, to experience enjoyment, challenge and a sense of achievement through participation in equestrian activities. The aim is to develop life skills, improve quality of life and support the attainment of personal goals.
To make this happen Samford Riding for the Disabled is operated by trained and caring volunteers committed to active involvement within the equestrian and general communities for the disabled. The organisation operates from a leased area on the Samford Showgrounds and only exists because good people volunteer their time and skills. The Centre cannot function without the volunteers and new faces are always welcome.
Samford Riding for the Disabled has an amazing group of dedicated volunteers and you can join them. No experience is necessary, you don't have to know anything about horses to help you just need a willingness to learn the RDA way.
Volunteers get involved in horse leading, side walking, paperwork and the general care of animals, equipment and grounds. However you would like to become involved you'll be made welcome, trained and valued and, most of all, working at Samford Riding for the Disabled is personally rewarding and a whole lot of fun.
These volunteers are always chafing at the bit to start the day's lessons
All volunteers are required to attend a formal training session prior to assisting with the classes or the horses and, if you are interested, you can call Bev on 0421 070 802 or the general RDA phone on 0458 246 883. You could also obtain more information during the Open Day (just look for the purple shirts) or take a look on the web page here. Currently the minimum age to volunteer is 14 years.
Why not take this opportunity to have a beautiful day out in the picturesque hills and valleys around Samford and enjoy a visit to the Samford Riding for the Disabled Open Day? This isn't a fete but a chance to see the inspirational things being done for our community by a band of dedicated volunteers and the results of some very hard work by a group of enthusiastic riders. And, while you're there, a sausage sizzle and a cup of coffee won't go astray either.
Check out the Samford Riding for the Disabled Open Day Facebook page and web site for more information. You can also call the organisation's general enquiries number on 0458 246 883 or send a message through the Contact page on the web site.