Your donation will help RDA Episkopi educate volunteers, coaches and the general public about what RDA does as well as deliver our programs to people with disabilities.
We rely heavily on generous people like you to be a part of our mission and vision. Your willingness to support RDA Episkopi gives children and adults with disabilities the chance to make their dreams come true. To accomplish this, the day-to-day running costs of our facilities and the well-being of our horses need to be met.
Our programmes make a huge difference to the lives of children and adults with special needs and disabilities by helping to:
improve balance and posture
improve cognitive skills
develop hand-eye coordination
make new friends
improve communication skills
learn new skills
build self-confidence and self-esteem
Bank Wire Transfer
Make a donation via bank wire transfer to the following RDA Cyprus account:
Bank: Bank of Cyprus
Name: Riding for the Disabled Cyprus
Account Number: 357012397629
Swift BIC: BCYPCY2N
Donate by Mail
You could make your donation by mail. Please mail with your cheque to: (cash not recommended)
Riding for the Disabled Association Cyprus
1 Menelaou Street, Episkopi Village, 4620 Limassol
All of those involved with Riding for the Disabled are volunteers who give their time because they believe it is such a worthwhile activity. Any lingering doubt in the mind of a newcomer is soon dispelled when they see the look of joy and pleasure on the faces of the young riders on Thursday mornings. It is not necessary to commit to come down to Happy Valley every week as our Roster Coordinator will fit you in whenever you can spare the time. Whatever your position, be it service-person, dependent, civilian or expatriate, if you are interested and would like to contribute to this useful and enjoyable work, please come along and you will be made welcome by the group.
The rides take place during local school term time. Episkopi Saddle Club is to be found within Happy Valley on the B6, old Paphos to Limassol Road, between Episkopi Village and Paramali Village. As the facilities are all outdoors we do not ride in wet weather.
There are three categories of volunteer and we are always in need of new members. Full training days are given, and new members go through a process of ‘shadowing’ experienced volunteers.
Two Helpers are needed for each pony, and experience with horses is not essential. They walk alongside the pony to make sure the rider, who is their sole concern, has a safe and enjoyable ride. Helpers arrive at the Saddle Club at 08.15 in order to be assigned their pony for the morning, and to be ready for the first of the three rides. As riders arrive the Helpers assist them out of their transport, help them put on riding hats and prepare them for the ride. Once the rider is mounted, one Helper walks on each side of the pony. Helpers also assist with cleaning the tack after the final ride.
Leaders need to have experience with horses. They arrive at the Saddle Club at 07.45, and are assigned to a pony. Leaders then bring in their pony, tack them up and lead the pony, which is their main responsibility, for each of the four rides. After the final ride the leaders untack their ponies and put them away.
The Instructor is in overall charge of the rides and will arrive at 07.30 to plan the sessions, including the various exercises and games for the riders to participate in. They will then allocate Volunteers to ponies and organize mounting & dismounting. Instructors are highly experienced with horses and are familiar with RDA procedures. It is the Instructors role to ensure overall safety for the four sessions, as well as an enjoyable and therapeutic ride for all the riders.
If you would like to become a Volunteer, you can contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +357 99 046 521. You are also welcome to come along to see us and watch the rides. Our volunteers meet in the Nags Head clubhouse after the rides at about 10:30, which would be a perfect opportunity to come along for a chat. If the weather is not too good it is best to phone first to make sure the rides are taking place on that day.