About RDAI

We are an Irish Voluntary Organisation which is proud to offer the opportunity of therapeutic and recreational Riding or Carriage Driving to any person, with a physical or intellectual disability. Anyone who meets our medical criteria, and who might benefit in their general health and wellbeing can benefit from this type of therapy.

  • More than 50 Voluntary groups nationally provide weekly lessons to over 700 disabled people.
  • There are Classes for riders and drivers of all ages, abilities and disabilities.
  • Funds to run the groups are raised voluntarily at national and local level.

Groups meet in working hours, using local equestrian centres with good wheelchair access and the availability of suitable horses and ponies for the teaching of a sport on horseback to a disabled person.

Each group has its own committee, group organiser, riding instructor and therapist (where available) and a number of voluntary helpers. The organisation provides a comprehensive insurance policy.

The main focus of RDA Ireland is to broaden the physical, intellectual and social horizons of people with special needs.

Benefits for Riders/ Drivers who participate in this sport:

  • Learn a skill
  • Increase their self confidence
  • Improve posture, coordination and balance.
  • Improve their self awareness and ability to interact socially in a group
  • Become more motivated to learn
  • Achieve their personal goals and ambitions.

Our riders are of various ages . The range of disabilities includes:

  • Cerebal palsy
  • Dispraxia
  • Autism
  • Downs Syndrome
  • MS
  • Mild To Moderate  Intellectual disabilities

Following the recent revelations concerning some of Ireland’s biggest charities, the Officers of RDAI would like to reiterate our policy on the use of RDAI funds:

Currently cheques for expenditure must be co-signed by any two of the three signatories:

Stephen Keeley, Treasurer.
Dilys Lindsay, Secretary.
Cathy Byrne, National Coordinator.

We do not have a facility for cash withdrawals from our bank account. The Treasurer and Secretary have online access to the account.

All expenditure above €200 must be authorised by the Officers.

RDAI accounts are audited annually by our independent auditors, Robert J. Kidney & Co.

The accounts are available for examination by any member of Council at any reasonable time.

RDAI is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA number 20012243) and the accounts are published on the CRA website. Accounts have been made available to HSI, and are available to any other body making a reasonable request.

The Treasurer is responsible for the fiduciary conduct of RDAI, and as such, confirms that Openness, Transparency and Accountability are the policy of RDAI in the future.

Stephen Keeley, Treasurer.                     Mary Neill, Chairman.
July 2016.

Tax Effective Giving to RDAI

PAYE Taxpayers and Self Assessed
If you are a PAYE or Self Assessed taxpayer and you give €250 or more to RDAI during the year a CHY3 CERT (enduring form) or CHY4 CERT (annual form) should be completed and returned to RDAI TREASURER.

Corporate Donations
In the case of corporate donations, the company can claim a deduction for the donation as it were a trading expense. They therefore should retain the receipt from RDAI for their records and quote the RDAI charity number in order to claim tax credit.
CHY No. 6534.
CRA No. 20012243.

RDAI Policy Statement

RDAI is committed to creating and maintaining the safest environment possible for all young people and vulnerable adults who wish to participate in RDAI activities.

We are fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of all athletes. Every person should at all times, show respect and understanding for participants’ rights, safety, welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation and the guidelines contained in HSI’s Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport.*

RDAI is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development.

The welfare of our young people and vulnerable adults in RDAI is our first priority and we are committed to providing an environment that will allow participants to perform to the best of their ability, free from abuse, neglect, bullying and intimidation.

Every individual in RDAI who has a duty of care to children and vulnerable adults signs up and adheres to the HSI Code of Ethics and Good Practice, including but not exclusively the following: Administrators at all levels, Officials, Coaches, Volunteers and Parents/Guardians.

We will ensure the careful recruiting and selecting of all our Coaches and Volunteers and that they are aware of the responsibility to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in their care.

We will ensure that Parents/Guardians and Children and Vulnerable Adults are given the appropriate opportunity to voice concerns they may have at any given time.

We will ensure a continuous review by RDAI of the effectiveness of our child protection policies, procedures and code. This continuous review will be carried out by our National Welfare Officer.

*As an affiliate of Horse Sport Ireland, RDAI has signed up to their Code of Ethics and Good Practice and their Anti Bullying Policy, and we undertake to uphold these policies.

July 2016.