Join us and make a difference
Cambridge RDA is run almost entirely by volunteers. We are always looking for like-minded, dedicated people to give us a helping hand.
We always welcome new volunteers on any of our RDA days – From Tuesday to Friday mornings.
“You don't need to have much horse experience, you just need to have a passion for helping people and be able to work as part of a team.”
What sorts of things can I do to help?
You can be involved in lots of different activities, depending on your experience and what you like to do:
Groom, tack up and warm up the horses before the riders arrive
Lead and sidewalk the horses during riding sessions
Help with unmounted activities
Help with morning tea and refreshments
Help with maintenance of our arena, grounds, fences and buildings
Support fundraising initiatives
Organise events and activities.
Help with farm jobs
Do I need experience with horses?
Our volunteers come from varied backgrounds, from little or no experience with horses, to owning their own and competing.
We provide ongoing, on-the-job training. We also offer volunteer training courses which cover skills from preparing the horses for riding, to sidewalking and assisting during riding sessions.
When are the riding sessions?
Every morning, Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm during the school term.
What happens in the sessions?
Volunteers start about an hour before the session to groom, tack and warm up the horses. If you are only available for an hour or two on an RDA morning, that's fine as well. We have some classes that require more volunteers than others and welcome the extra help for those times. If you aren't available on riding days, we still have lots of ways you can help out.
How old do I need to be?
Anyone over the age of 14 can become an RDA volunteer.
We'll send you our New Volunteer Introduction Pack via email. It includes information about our activities and the necessary forms to get started.
Download the Handbook
The Volunteer Handbook to find out more.
Meet with us
Meet us & observe a riding session. Meet our coaches and the volunteer coordinator, and get answers to any questions you may have.