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Volunteer Leader - (of horses, not volunteers)

Central Otago RDA which has been in existence for over 25 years is one of 53 Member Groups throughout New Zealand. 

The Group provides horse riding activities to facilitate the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities whose physical and mental health is likely to benefit from such participation. Individual plans are prepared for all riders to address their needs and extend their skills.

We need your help to run these riding sessions. If you are 16 years or over and have time to spare please let us know. No previous experience with horses or people with disabilities is necessary as training is given. All volunteers follow NZRDA standardised training programmes to achieve the required proficiency.

Volunteers are required to support riders by way of either leading a horse or walking beside, following directions/instructions from the duty coach. Duties include:

  • Assisting riders to get ready prior to getting on the horse. 
  • Helping to get the horse ready with the correct equipment required. 
  • Lead the horse while the rider undertakes his/her programme.
  • Walk beside each rider to assist with the riders position or helping with any equipment. 

We can offer you:

  • Full training in role and you will be required to attend regular ongoing courses.  
  • A buddy will work with you until you feel confident.
  • Personal satisfaction and recognition in the role. 
  • Set goals and achieve together volunteering as part of a team
  • Enriching our riders successes and being a part of a warm and friendly team.


We are looking for people who: 

  • Are able to listen and follow instructions.
  • Like children and horses
  • Like working together with a team
  • Punctuality
  • Willingness to learn and are able to share ideas.
  • Reasonably fit and able to walk or jog along side a horse for short amounts of time
  • Are empathetic and have a sense of humour

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

Session are held on a Thursday, from 9am until 2pm.  Volunteers can volunteer for part or for the full session. 

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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