Comprehensive training is an essential part of volunteering at Epsom RDA. Our training programmes consist of the following stages.
All our volunteers receive ‘Green Card’ training on joining Epsom RDA as part of their induction programme. The training covers the basic elements of horse handling and rider support, as well as health and safety awareness.
Our volunteers then progress onto Stage 1 training which is based around our horses; more in depth teaching on our horses’ care and management, and how they have an effect on our riders.
More specialised tuition is covered in Stage 2 as the teaching is based on understanding our riders better, meaning helpers will come away with more knowledge and improved skills so as to optimise the core service for our riders
Our Group Coaches also have an in-house training programme which is integrated with the volunteer training.
More resources for Group Coaches including details on the Coaching Pathway are available at the National MyRDA website.
All volunteers are also encouraged to attend Regional and National training events and conferences.