Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association
Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association began in 1969 on a small field with four volunteers and a Shetland pony called “Bubbles.”
The association moved into the current home, St Ebba’s Farm, in 1978 when it was 16 acres of derelict buildings and overgrown farmland. Over the years, much labour and resources have been invested into transforming the site into the beautiful facility enjoyed today by riders, volunteers and ponies. In 2005 the freehold was purchased, and thus securing the future of Epsom RDA.
Now there are over 200 volunteers and a whole herd of ponies to assist the 300 plus riders. Although bigger, the vision remains the same; to provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride to benefit their health and well-being, and to develop each disabled rider to ride to the level of their ability, choice and ambition.
To achieve this vision, Epsom RDA provide riding sessions seven days a week including some evening sessions. Each Session is led by their own experienced and qualified Session Leader, ably assisted by a Deputy, a Group Instructor and a team of volunteers to led the ponies, and support and encourage riders.