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Riding for the Disabled, Cascais

Charitable organization in Cascais, helping handicapped children through riding therapy.

Riding for the Disabled (Associação Hípica Terapeutica, IPSS) in Cascais started operating in 1989 and is now a registered Portuguese charity. It aims to provide horse riding activities in a safe, controlled environment to handicapped children and young adults in order to develop their physical and intellectual potential to the highest possible degree through a stimulating, novel activity otherwise unavailable to them.

RDA sessions take place every week-day morning for some 80 youngsters from institutions and local schools.

The Association owns four suitably trained horses, stabled at the Real Clube de Campo D. Carlos I in Areia, Cascais, where its custom built riding school and other facilities are located.

About 30 volunteers participate in the activities and are a vital element towards guaranteeing safety and full enjoyment. A riding instructor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and special needs teachers make up the therapeutic team responsible for designing and implementing the riding plan.

For funding the Association relies on:

  • support from its members (€30,00 yearly subscription)
  • contributions from parents (€25,00 per month)
  • fundraising activities and donations.

You can help by:

  • becoming a member,
  • sponsoring a horse (€4.000,00 per year)
  • sponsoring a rider (€600,00 per year)
  • volunteering as a helper.

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