BOX HILL NSW 2765
NDIS Service Provider for Participate Community and Develop Life Skills
Riding for the Disabled (RDA) provides horse riding and associated activities for people with disabilities. As well as horse riding our Centre offers carriage driving. Riders can participate at a therapeutic, recreational or competitive level.
“Tall Timbers” Centre is situated on 27 acres in Box Hill,
approximately 1 hour’s drive north-west of Sydney CBD in NSW. We oper
“Tall Timbers” is staffed by a paid Coach and several volunteer Coaches, together with a paid Administrator, a full-time Horse Manager, a paid Life Skill Program Co-ordinator and casual staff coaches and maintenance person as required.
Volunteers assist the riders and lead horses as well as assisting with fundraising and property maintenance.
RDA (NSW) is a charity that provides horse-related activities to enrich the lives of people with disabilities.
The equestrian organization of choice for people with disabilities in NSW acknowledged as the benchmark in service delivery and standards by its stakeholders.
Person-centred, Inclusive, Enriching, Enabling, Respectful, Fun, Valued
The costs of
Direct Deposit - You can make a direct deposit to our account RDA NSW Tall Timbers Centre BSB 032569 Account 155695 (Westpac). Please let us know your details by phoning or emailing so that we can provide you with a receipt.
GiveNow - You can also make a donation through the link below at GiveNow.
To make sure your donation comes to RDA Tall Timbers Centre just tick optional information then special message and enter TALL TIMBERS CENTRE in one of the boxes. Your donation will be processed through RDA (NSW) State Office.
You can make a donation using your credit card at the Give-Now site by clicking this button. (A processing fee is charged by GiveNow).
Our fundraising activities include catering, Chocolate Drives, Ride-a-thon, raffles, trivia nights, Book Fairs, Bingo and special events.
There are lots of other opportunities to help.
You could also consider providing a bequest – please contact the office for further information or make sure that you specify Riding for the Disabled NSW Tall Timbers Centre.
Thank you to ADHC, Profield Foundation, The St George Foundation, The Sunshine Foundation, The ING Foundation, Castle Hill Country Club, Fairbridge Foundation, Riverstone Schofields Memorial Club and Australian Security Fencing for their generous support. Also to the Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook who financed our new horse yards and Joan Edwards who donated the funds for the shade cover. Thank you also to the Australian Government Water Fund for our Community Water Grant and the Department of Sport and Recreation for their assistance in our development. Thank you to The Primary Club of Australia who generously assisted with the cost of the arena extension. We also received a grant from the Department of Family and Community Services to purchase chairs which have now been used on numerous occasions. Thank you also to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Centrelink for their financial assistance during the Equine Influenza Outbreak. Thank you to Woolworths – in 2009 we received a Fresh Food Kids Grant of $1500 to purchase riding and games equipment for our program. In 2010 we received $7000 from Woolworths National Office who donated $7000 to the weekday program enabling 7 riders to participate in the program. A special thank you to Year 7 at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta who continue to support our Centre by holding an annual Walk-a-thon. The school has supported Tall Timbers Centre for the past seven years which is much appreciated. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Glenhaven who held a golf day and made a generous donation to the Centre. We also received a donation from Rotary Club of Dural following their charity golf day. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Holroyd who hold a Doll and Bear show each year with the proceeds to benefit our Centre. Thank you also to the Lions Club of Baulkham Hills, Parramatta Probation, Windsor Polo Club, Rural Press, Barker College Castle Hill RSL, Rouse Hill Town Centre and Stanhope Village for their support.
Thank you to NSW Government Community Building Partnerships for supporting construction of the Life Skills building.
Thank you to Blacktown Workers Club who have granted $10,000 in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to support our vehicles expenses including registration, insurance and maintenance.
Thank you to The Disabled Children’s Foundation who have donated $2500 toward our veterinary expenses.
Thank you also to our current horse sponsors and Friends of our Horse Team:
Mrs Margaret Greig, Joan Edwards, Marc Hardman & Associates, Rotary Club of Granville, Value Plus Animal Health Care Products, Bendigo Bank Galston, The Lions Club of Crestwood, The EAC Charity Club, John and Sandra Wright, Parklea Garden Village Tai Chi Group, International Animal Health Products, Soroptimist Club of the Hills, Renee Smith, Marilyn Wood, Blacktown Town Tavern, a Group of Wednesday Volunteers, RA Motors Granville, Castle Hill Holden and the Inner Wheel Club of North Sydney.
Thank you also to those donors who wish to remain anonymous. We very much appreciate all the assistance we are given.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our wish list. Every little bit helps us to provide our service.
Triangular 4m shade sail to provide some shade in the sensory garden.
Seed raising mix
Mobile phone (unlocked or Virgin) for our Wet Weather Line
Mineral Lick for our horses
Washing powder/liquid for horse rugs
Copy paper (white and coloured)
Horses 14hh – 15hh (contact us for a horse form)
Prizes for raffles and Trivia Night
Lawn mower (not ride-on)
Bagless vacuum cleaner
Volunteers – extra hands for the Senses & Fun Program, property maintenance and fundraising
Volunteers are also
needed to assist with administration, fundraising and promotion. They
If they wish volunteers can also go on to train to become Assistant Coaches or RDA .
1976, due to impending development, 5
the end of 1999, once
The improved facilities were officially opened on 26th April 2008 by Sonya Phillips, Mayor of Baulkham Hills Shire Council. In 2010 we celebrated ten years of RDA Tall Timbers at its location at Box Hill.
Click here to see the History of RDA Tall Timbers Centre
Standards in Action
You can view the practice guidelines for services funded under the Disability Services Act.
Click here to see a segment filmed at our Centre for the Kerri-Anne Show.
Listen to an interview by Gordon Allen of 2CCR FM 90.5 with Nicole King, Staff Coach of Riding for the Disabled Assoc NSW Tall Timbers Centre. There's lots of information about the Centre and you can watch the slideshow as you listen. Click here to listen to the Interview
Click here to see a promotional video filmed at our Centre.
Thank you to all our supporters on YouTube http://youtu.be/MOBftl5m72c
Click here to download our latest Newsletter as a PDF file. There are great stories about what is happening at our Centre.
Older Editions of The Tall Timbers’ Times
Last revised March 2017
By Kerry Souter, Administrator