Accessibility Mark accredited riding centres are providing disabled riders with the opportunity to expand their knowledge through the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Proficiency Tests.
The RDA Proficiency Tests form part of the wider RDA Education programme which is a fantastic platform for learning in an engaging and fun environment.
The tests offer a goal for Accessibility Mark riders to aim for whilst also providing the satisfaction that they have worked through the Riding and Horse Care syllabus and accomplished their goal, which is then rewarded with a certificate or badge.
Incorporating activities such as the Proficiency Tests into sessions has increasingly been recognised for its educational benefits for those taking part which also transcends into other areas of life.
Staff and volunteers encourage participates every step of the way as the Grades increase in difficulty but are designed to be very much attainable for riders of all abilities.
The tests help riders to gain useful practical knowledge but also work to provide a motivating tool that can really help to engage and focus participants.
Four Winds Equestrian Centre based in Lincolnshire runs a regular Accessibility Mark session where the riders are actively encouraged to participate in the Proficiency Tests.
Paula Leverton, owner of Four Winds Equestrian said: “We use the tests to give our riders a goal to work towards in their weekly lesson. They get a real sense of achievement when they get their award.”
Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial to riders of varying levels of disability.
There are currently 55 Accessibility Mark-approved centres across the country.
To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk