Riding at Cambridge RDA
Do I have to live in Cambridge?Most of our riders come from Cambridge but we have riders that come from the wider Waikato region as well.
How old do I need to be?We have riders of all ages - from 5 years old to any age at all.
What horses will I ride?We have a team of trained RDA horses. We do our best to match each rider with a horse that suits their personality, ability and needs. A special bond often develops between horse and rider.
When are the riding sessions?Riding sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30 to 1pm, and every second Saturday from 8.30 to midday during the school term.
What are the classes like?Riders are split into group classes based on ability, personality or age and the horses availability. We have no more than six riders per class. Classes run for 40 minutes, although some riders are only able to ride for a short time, especially when they first begin to ride.
What other activities can I do?All our riders are given the opportunity to compete in shows and competitions which are always so much fun! We take riders to the A&P show in Cambridge to compete in the RDA section. The annual RDA regional games day is held at different RDA groups in our region with Cambridge hosting it every three years. We also run an RDA dressage competition in term 3.
Who are the coaches?Carol Penman is our Thursday coach, Katrina Roberts and Pip Caddy are coaches on Saturdays and Vanessa Donnelly coaches Tuesdays.
What clothing do I need?
We have riding helmets in a variety of sizes and provide hair nets.
- Covered-in shoes with a small heel. Riding boots are ideal but not compulsory.
- Long pants to protect legs.
- No dangly jewellery.
We also have a range of jodhpurs and jodhpur boots to borrow.
How much does it cost to ride?As we are not government subsidised, our riders pay a small fee per year to help cover the costs of keeping the horses. Are riding sessions are during the school terms only.
Yearly membership: $10
- Tuesday and Thursday classes (riding every Thursday term averaging 10 sessions per term): $75 per term
- Saturday classes (riding every second Saturday averaging 5 sessions per term): $37.50 per term
How do I apply to ride?
- Contact us and we will e-mail or post the relevant information and forms to you.
- We encourage you to come and view one or two of our riding sessions to see what we do before starting.