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Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore

Sector: Children, Disability, Special Needs
Participated in the YFC programme before?: Yes
Name of Representative Karen Lim
Contact Number 62500176
The main objective of RDA is to provide free therapeutic horse-riding programmes that benefit people with physical and learning disabilities. The therapy helps them to gain improved respiration, balance, coordination and mobility of muscles, limbs and spine. It also aids in raising their self-confidence, improve their communication skills, trust, motivation and self-esteem.
Vision:To be the primary centre in Singapore that provides free horse-riding therapy to help people with physical and/or intellectually disabilities. Mission: We aim to ensure that children and adults with disabilities in Singapore have access to free, therapeutic horse-riding programmes. Through dedicating to the provision and development of these equestrian programmes, RDA Singapore aims to enable its beneficiaries to develop psychological and cognitive skills (including improved life skills, independence, confidence, communication, motivation and trust). The rehabilitative scope of our programmes includes improved core muscle tone, respiration, balance, postural control, spatial awareness and increased mobility of muscles and limbs.
The Association runs therapeutic horse riding sessions on a 10-week cycle, six days per week, benefiting children and adults with physical, intellectual or learning disabilities.


Intended use of funds through the YFC 2018 programme
– Expand our therapy program and reduce the average wait time, from 6-9months to 3-6months for a slot in the therapy
– Upgrade our facilities at RDA Centre, to enhance safety and therapy outcome
– Acquire additional therapy horses to support the service expansion


Engaging and involving the YFC participants
We are happy to allow YFC teams to tour our horse-riding facilities, stable and arena. To have our instructor to share some basic knowledge and benefits of horse-riding therapy for our beneficiaries.