Witness the horse-riding benefits

RDA Barwon is having an open day at the Wallington Park Equestrian Centre on May 16. (Supplied)

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Barwon is having an open day near Ocean Grove to demonstrate the benefits of horse riding. 

The event will occur at the Wallington Park Equestrian Centre at 1625 Bellarine Highway in Wallington from 10am on May 16. 

Secretary Susan Dodson said the community would witness a horse-riding lesson to showcase what the RDA does for children aged 5 to 18, with tea and coffee also available. 

“It (horse-riding) is pretty crucial, and the benefits go far beyond just actually learning to ride a horse,” she said.  

“We deal predominantly with primary-age children to increase self-confidence, well-being, motor skills, and balance.  

“It all translates into better social and learning outcomes in the classroom and in their ability to connect socially. It’s a lot more than just riding a horse.” 

Ms Dodson said the open day was also a way to thank everyone who financially supported the volunteer-run group that helps children with a diverse range of disabilities. 

“The day looks to raise awareness in the community that we exist, we’re the only one around in the Geelong area,” she said.  

“It’s also a thank you to our donors, without which we couldn’t run because we don’t currently charge families or the schools and, of course, costs are rising.  

“We’re always looking for volunteers. They do not need to have horse knowledge, it’s nice if they do, but they really don’t have to as they can very much learn on the job.” 

Visit rdav.asn.au/centre/barwon for more information about RDA Barwon and how to volunteer.