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WELCOME TO QUEST RDA

Building confidence, communication and relationships through horses.

WELCOME TO QUEST RDA

Building confidence, communication and relationships through horses.

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Quest RDA Video What we do Riding for the disabled

What We Do

Quest enables children, adults and volunteers to have the opportunity to experience enjoyment and to achieve personal goals through participation in sporting and therapeutic equestrian programmes, in a safe and supportive environment; resulting in improved quality of life.
 
Quest is a member group of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). This means that Quest’s activities meet with the high standards required by the RDA.
Quest RDA Video What we do Riding for the disabled

Watch a short film about us

What we do

Quest enables children, adults and volunteers to have the opportunity to experience enjoyment and to achieve personal goals through participation in sporting and therapeutic equestrian programmes, in a safe and supportive environment; resulting in improved quality of life.
 
Quest, based in Chobham, is an independent registered charity and is a member group of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).  This means that Quest’s activities meet with the high standards required by the RDA and these can be inspected on the RDA’s website.

The benefits

Horse riding is an extremely beneficial form of therapy for adults and children with a multitude of disabilities and special needs. It helps in many ways, such as giving physical, emotional, educational and social benefits to all of the participants. There are 6 key areas where change has been proven in those that participate:

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Enjoyment
  • Relationships
  • Physical improvement
  • Horsemanship

Our Values

Quest enables children, adults and volunteers to have the opportunity to experience enjoyment and to achieve personal goals through participation in sporting and therapeutic equestrian programmes, in a safe and supportive environment; resulting in improved quality of life.

~  Community and Friendship

~  Honesty and Integrity

~  Equal Opportunity

~  Respect

~  Safety

Focusing on needs – listening to the needs of our riders, carers, volunteers and schools.

Quality service/support – continually to strive to improve the quality of the service we deliver to our participants.

Skilled coaches and volunteers – attracting, developing and retaining highly skilled and dedicated people, for example, by encouraging volunteers to participate in the RDA community volunteering qualification. Involvement with RDA research tracking the changes in a rider over a four-month period.

Resource efficiency – using our resources efficiently to the greatest benefit for our participants.

Community and friendship – fostering growth, belonging and friendship amongst Quest, Laris Farm and our South East Region RDA. As an organisation we must encourage respect for each other’s opinions, and at the end agree to come to a level of compromise.

Demonstrating a collaborative approach.

Increased Awareness – conducting strong PR and awareness campaigns to broaden the local community’s awareness of Quest’s work. For example, the sponsored ride and fundraising events.

Transparency and Accountability – being open and consulting within Quest, Laris Farm and South East RDA. Demonstrating a collaborative approach.

Participating Nationally – maintaining close relationships with South East RDA and National RDA

How you can help

GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are the beating heart of our organisation …

WAYS TO DONATE

As a charity we rely totally on on donations and we could not continue without support from …

ACTIVITIES

Quest RDA offers a variety of equestrian activities for all ages, disabilities and special needs.

In their words

“Riding with the RDA has totally changed my life. Not only have I won Paralympic gold medals, but riding and sport have taught me skills to improve my daily life – I am more able and confident, allowing me to fulfill my potential in all areas of my life, including making friends, living independently and in employment.”

Paralympian Sophie Christiansen

MSci CBE

“I can’t thank the wonderful volunteers enough for what they have achieved with our son Rhys. He has been riding with them over the last 6 years and has overcome his fears of riding and now helps with the stable management facilities. It took Rhys two years to actually sit on a horse and he finally did this with the help of Hunky the horse and the tremendous patience of the Quest staff. Rhys has participated in several competitions, dressage and sponsored rides with the Quest team which he is absolutely delighted and proud to be part of.  There are no words to express our gratitude and heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers at Quest for the amazing job they do.”

Hannah and Lee Rawlings

“We have been taking groups of our secondary aged students riding for a number of years to Quest RDA. All of our students have severe learning difficulties and they enjoy their riding sessions hugely. As well as being part of their physical education curriculum, the sessions enable them to continue to develop new skills as well as grow in confidence. The progress they make during their sessions is impressive and the support they receive from the volunteers enables this to happen. Thank you Quest RDA for all that you do for the pupils at Portesbery School.”

Matthew Sartin

Former head of Portesbery School

Quest News

We have made the difficult decision to close our waiting list to new riders due to the number of riders currently waiting for places.  Once we are in a position to open the list again we will post the good news on our website. Thank you for your understanding.
23rd October 2023

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