The first riding centre has gained the Accessibility Mark as part of a new project launched by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in partnership with Hoof the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) legacy programme and funded by Sport England.

The aim of the project is to help many more people with disabilities experience riding by accrediting commercial riding centres with the Accessibility Mark, which means that the centre has had specialist training by the RDA and are able to offer riding to people with disabilities. 

Radway Riding Centre in Warwickshire is the first, with the hopes that many more will follow and the Accessibility Mark will become an industry standard like  British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools and The Pony Club. 

Maggie Boswell, Proprietor of Radway Riding School is thoroughly excited to be  a part of the Accessibility Mark project “As a commercial riding centre the Accessibility Mark has given us the confidence to expand our client base to be a fully inclusive riding establishment with the help and guidance of the RDA.”

“We have always wanted to be as inclusive as possible but have lacked the confidence and expertise to do so – the Accessibility Mark has now allowed us to do this and we look forward to welcoming lots of new riders in the future and working closely with RDA."

There are currently 30,000 riders at 500 RDA Groups around the country, but demand is high and there are often long waiting lists. This new project gives people with disabilities more opportunities to try riding and have lessons at a commercial facility.

“Accessibility Mark Scheme will further the Association's mission to ensure inclusion in equestrianism for as many disabled people as possible,” said Molly Rickwood of Quest RDA Group.  “ Riders with disabilities will have more choice, wider horizons in equestrianism and greater opportunities for progression."

To find out more about the Accessibility Mark project please visit http://www.rda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/accessibility-mark/