Nationwide, RDA horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults.

Aberdeen RDA is a member group of the national charity Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). The Aberdeen Group was formed in 1970 so is one of the oldest groups in Scotland. Since 1970, we have provided horse riding therapy for thousands of disabled children and adults.

Thanks to the help of over 50 volunteers, we currently provide riding opportunities for around 25 riders each week using the fabulous facilities of Tillyoch Equestrian Centre in Milltimber.

Our Coaches

Aberdeen RDA has 3 qualified RDA Coaches:

  • Catherine Stott
  • Iona Campbell
  • Eilidh Herd

Our Volunteers

Aberdeen RDA has around 50 volunteers without whom we couldn’t function! Most of our riders require the assistance of 3 volunteers each so we are always looking for more volunteers so we can offer our life-changing services to more people. No previous experience of working with the disabled or with horses is necessary as training is given to all volunteers. We ask for 3 hours of your time per week and that you are reasonably fit and prepared to help even when it’s cold!

Elsa the pony


Elsa is a Piebald Cob pony and she stands at 15 hands high. Born in 2008, she was aquired in 2016 thanks largely to money from the Co-Op Community Fund. Although she was purchased locally, Elsa was born in Ireland in 2006 and she has spent time in England – so is well travelled! From the first time Aberdeen RDA coaches Catherine and Iona met Elsa it was clear that she was totally unflappable and she has proved very trainable. While very laid back at RDA sessions, at home on the livery yard Elsa is quite a character and knows her own mind!

Apache Sammy

Apache Sammy is a  palomino, stands at 15.1 hands and was purchased in 2017 thanks to a donation from Apache North Sea Limited. Sammy is an Irish Draught cross Haflinger and was bred north of Newmachar in 2011. Sammy is very much a people pony and likes to say hello to all humans! While still young he has taken to the RDA training like a duck to water. Away from RDA, he loves to jump!

Apache Sammy pony at RDA Aberdeen
AABi Teddy

AABi Teddy

AABi Teddy was purchased in 2018 thanks to a donation from Anderson, Anderson & Brown LLP. The smallest of our ponies at just 12.2hh, he is a big hit with all the children and loves cuddles.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a donation?

You can make a donation via this website, please click on the Donate button and follow the instructions.
Or you can make a BACS transfer direct to our account thus avoiding platform fees!
Our account is with the Clydesdale Bank, account no. 90121547, sort code 826011.
Or you can send a cheque payable to RDA Aberdeen Group to Ashbrook House, Maryculter, Aberdeen AB12 5GR.
Whichever way – THANK YOU!

Can I Gift Aid my donation?

In a word, yes! If you are donating via this website, please follow the Gift Aid instructions. If you would like to make a donation by cheque, please email and give your name and address and we will send you a Gift Aid envelope.

How do I become a volunteer?

If you are able to volunteer for us for 3 hours per week, please send an email to:

Do I need horse experience to be a volunteer?

No! Full training is given to all volunteers so that they are confident in the role they perform.

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