Riding for the Disabled (Associação Hípica Terapeutica, IPSS,) in Cascais started operating in 1989 and is now a registered Portuguese Charity. It aims to provide horse riding activities in a safe, controlled environment to handicapped children and young adults in order to help develop their physical and intellectual potential to the highest possible degree through a stimulating, novel activity usually not available to them.
RDA sessions are organised every morning of the week from 9.30 to 12h for 80 young people from institutions and schools in the Cascais area. The Association owns four suitably trained horses, which are kept at the Clube D. Carlos I riding centre in Areia Cascais, where it also owns a custom made indoor riding school. About 40 volunteer helpers participate in activities and are a vital element towards guaranteeing safety and full enjoyment. A riding instructor, a physiotherapist, occupational therapists and teachers make up the therapeutic team responsible for implementing the riding plan.
For funding, the Association relies on the support of its members, contributions from parents, fund raisers and donations. You can help by sponsoring a horse , a rider and volunteering as a helper.
For further information, contact Kathryn Watson at tel. 962 337 668.