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Cairngorms RDA

RDA_logoCairngorms RDA is a local charity that was approved as a member group  of National RDA in September 2012 at Newtonmore to allow local adults and children with disabilities or learning difficulties to have access to horses and ponies as a means of therapy, achievment and enjoyment. The group moved at the start of 2016 to Kingussie and will resume activities again for clients after Easter 2018.

The national RDA is proud to have celebrated over 40 years of delivering opportunities for people with disabilities and now has almost 500 Member Groups across the UK. Cairngorms RDA had a visit from HRH Princess Anne in September 2012 which was a great success.

Although RDA was set up to work mainly with people with physical disabilities, RDA Groups now work across the spectrum of disabilities, age range, social status and urban and rural environments. The focus of our work is to ensure that each individual has the chance to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and the opportunity to achieve their personal goal (whether that be learning a very simple skill or winning a major competition)."

RDA4At Cairngorms RDA we are a relatively new group and welcome any support from willing volunteers, whether it is working with the horses or helping with fundraising. We also welcome any sponsorship or donations by companies groups or individuals, please get in touch with us at Highland Horse Fun (Kingussie)  if you would like to help, telephone 01540 670000 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The RDA gives individuals the opportunity to:

  • Reach therapeutic goals: improve muscle tone and posture, develop fine and gross motor movement
  • Achieve their personal ambitions: sit on a horse for the first time, learn new skills, win a Paralympic medal
  • Combat social isolation: build relationships, enjoy events and competition, develop self-confidence
  • Develop life skills: improve communication, take responsibility, be a team player
  • Experience the outdoors: ride in the countryside, access rural Britain / Scotland
  • Connect with animals: bringing positivity and optimism, adding a new element to life

More info at http://www.riding-for-disabled.org.uk/



Current Office Bearers, Trustees and Coaches 2017 / 2018:

Chairperson: Gillian McKnight, Treasurer: Peter Davidson, Secretary: Fiona Hawkins

Trustees: Ruaridh Ormiston, Lorraine Duncan, TBA, TBA, TBA

Group Coach: Lorraine Duncan,

Assistant Coaches: Yo Robertson, Carrie McNiven, Joanie Morrison

PVG Administrator: Fiona Hawkins

New Address

From the 1st February 2016 we have moved to Kingussie along with Newtonmore Riding Centre who will be known in the future as "Highland Horse Fun" and will be open again just after Easter 2018. Please see our new address and contacts below.

Cairngorms RDA Group
c/o Secretary Mrs Fiona Hawkins
The Portacabin Office, Unit 2a
Railway Station Industrial Estate
Ruthven Road, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, PH21 1ER
Tel: 01540 670000
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.cairngormsrda.org.uk

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Working holidays

You have the opportunity to come and stay with us, help out with the animals and the riding centre as well as ride and make some new friends!


Ladies club

Image of a ponyIf you would like to ride affordably and help out around the centre, Ladies club may be just for you.


Trail riding

Hill trekkingRough Highland country trail rides available.

Come and join us in these spectacular surroundings.


Pony club

pony clubAre your kids wanting to learn more about horses and ride on a regular basis, Pony Club may be for them.

Find out more...