New, safe riding helmets for Napier RDA

New, safe riding helmets for Napier RDA

NZCT recently awarded Napier Group Riding for the Disabled Association $1,043 to buy new riding helmets. Thanks to this grant, riders of the club have the highest standard of protection.

Napier RDA provides therapeutic horse riding and horsemanship activities to members of the community who are challenged by a range of disabilities. Head Coach Dionne Best says, "With our 11 therapy horses and our wonderful team of volunteers, we offer more than 1,800 therapy sessions a year to more than 50 people each week. Each of them follows a personalised programme and works towards individual goals."

There have been changes made throughout the equestrian sport to make it easier to ensure that every rider is wearing a helmet that meets approved safety standards. NZRDA have adopted those changes. "While the helmets we had were only a few years old and in excellent condition, they didn't carry the required safety standard. It was vital that they would be replaced as soon as possible," says Dionne. "As a largely volunteer-based, not-for-profit organisation, the need to replace all of our helmets at once presented a significant financial challenge. We approached NZCT for help, and we are grateful that they were able to do so."

Napier RDA's new helmets arrived just before Christmas and are ready and waiting for the riders when they return in February. "We're delighted to know that our riders will continue to have the highest standard of protection when they join us for their therapy sessions at Napier RDA," ends Dionne.