ID: 200748

Horse Riding Session Helper

Disability Services Regular - less than 6 months Across: Forster NSW, Hallidays Point NSW, Harrington NSW, Nabiac NSW, Pacific Palms NSW, Rainbow Flat NSW, Taree NSW, Wingham NSW

About this opportunity

Manning Great Lakes RDA is currently seeking volunteers to become part of a team of riding session helpers.

This opportunity involves grooming and saddling the horses for the sessions, leading horses around the riding arena or walking beside the horse and rider. There are also non walking duties that can be undertaken if preferred.


  • assisting riders
  • leading horses
  • walking beside riders
  • helping care for the horses
  • timekeeping
  • gatekeeping
  • observer

Skills and experience

Experience with horses is an advantage, however training is provided for horse care, assisting riders and leading horses.

Further information and opportunity

  • Assistant Coach
  • Center Coach

Assistant Coach After volunteering as a horse and rider assistant you may invited to undertake the Assistant Coach Course. The Assistant Coach Course is designed for committed volunteers to develop skills and knowledge to support the RDA Centre Coach to deliver group lessons that are safe and free flowing in an enclosed area. It provides an introduction to teaching foundation riding skills, an awareness of adaptive coaching for people with disabilities and best practice horse handling and horse management skills.

**Centre Coach ** The Centre Coach course is designed for candidates with a foundation knowledge of horse-riding skills, experience working safely around horses, aptitude for coaching and working with people with disabilities and a demonstrated ability to work within and lead teams.
The coaching accreditation can also be used outside of RDA. Volunteers that are training to become RDA (NSW) Coaches might be able to have their course and course material paid for by RDA (NSW). So, if you are just starting out your career or just returning to the workforce and you are looking for a career in Horse Riding Training give us a shout.

About Manning Great Lakes RDA

RDA is a voluntary organisation providing equine-assisted activities for people with disabilities to develop and enhance abilities through programs such as riding, dressage and carriage driving. Horses provide vital mental and physical stimulation for our disabled participants, improving their confidence, increasing their autonomy and delivering immeasurable amounts of pleasure.

Most of our disabled participants are children.

Our facility at Rainbow Flat has been in operation for over 22 years and draws disabled participants from our local community stretching from Laurieton in the north to Bulahdelah in the south and Gloucester to the west.

The facility includes: • Segregated horse paddocks • Stables and tack rooms • Assembly and mounting yards • A covered dressage arena • A covered observation area • Equipment sheds • A small building (Clubhouse) to house participants and volunteers which includes sitting area, kitchen and toilets.

Operational and maintenance funding for the facility to feed the horses, pay veterinarian bills, buy consumables etc., is derived through fundraising activities such as raffles, storefront BBQ’s, and support from events such as the biennial garden club and other local charities. We do not receive government funding.

Additional requirements

Working with Children Check *.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

Typically horse and rider volunteers give a few hours each week on Tuesday or Thursday between 9am and 3pm.

Suitable for
  • Centrelink Volunteers
  • Skilled Volunteers
  • Work Experience
Type of work
  • Disability Support
  • Sport & Physical Activity
  • Working with Animals

Training to lead horses and assist riders is provided by the RDA coach.


Tea and Coffee provided.