Riding for the Disabled Exeter Group

Home | About Us | Gallery | Donate / Help Us | Contact Us | Give as you Live

Charity Commission No. 1180573 © 2024 Riding for the Disabled Exeter Group

Home About Us Gallery Donate / Help Us Contact Us

The Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Exeter Group began life in 1966 as the Powderham Castle Group. It was set up by Elizabeth Burne and her friends with invaluable help and support from the Earl and Countess of Devon who provided the riding facilities in the indoor school at Powderham Castle whilst the Powderham Saddle Club provided the horses and ponies.

The Powderham Hoist, a device for mounting disabled riders onto their horses, was designed specifically for the group by J.K. Vivian and can still be seen in the Powderham Castle indoor school to this day!

We became a member group of the national Riding for the Disabled Association on its formation in 1969.

The late Elizabeth (Liz) Kerr of Kenton took over running the group a few years later and our current home is Oaklands Riding School in Exeter. Liz was awarded the MBE in 2010 for voluntary service to disabled children in Exeter.

RDA Exeter Group meet every Tuesday from March through to December between 6:45pm and 8:00pm and use the large indoor school at Oaklands which enables us to ride all year round, come rain or shine. The group provides riding and therapy for children and young adults and relies totally on volunteers to deliver our riding sessions each week, which are completely self-funding.

The Group trustees are:

Bob Gaiger – Chair

Clive Richards - Treasurer

Rebecca Wilkins – Secretary

Helen Yazhekov – Coach

Kristen Birt – Coach

Caroline Steggles– Volunteer Coordinator

Stevie Shanahan – Activity leader

Jess Williams - Safeguarding Officer

Ellie Kerr

Camilla Melksham

Clare Stubbins


Too many to mention but we couldn’t do it without them!