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Join our Team and Become an RDA Volunteer

Cambridge RDA is run almost entirely by volunteers. We are always looking for like-minded, dedicated people to give us a helping hand. 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. 

We always welcome new volunteers on any of our RDA days - From Tuesday to Friday mornings.

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?
Riding sessions are every Tuesday to Friday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm during the school terms.  

See our calendar for dates. 

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.

How do I apply to volunteer?

  • Contact us and we'll email you our New Volunteer intro pack.  This will give you more of an idea of what we do as well as the relevant forms to start with.  

  • Download the Volunteer Handbook at the top of this page to find out more.

  • Then arrange a time with us to come in for a visit and to observe a riding session.

  • You will meet the coach/s and volunteer coordinator and any questions you have will be answered.

NZRDA Leading a horse at RDA

NZRDA Sidewalking at RDA


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