Angel hits the trail for RDA

30 November 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Angel hits the trail for RDA|

Fourteen-year-old Angel has always yearned for adventure and now, thanks to the benefits of horse therapy, has embarked on an inspirational journey across the country to raise money for other disabled riders.

For the past five years, horse therapy has helped Angel cope with his cerebral palsy by building confidence, lowering anxiety and improving his overall physical and mental health.

Angel and his family recently completed a month-long journey on the Tasmanian Trail and are now tackling the longest marked horse trekking trail in the world – the National Trail from Healesville in Victoria to Cooktown in far north Queensland.

“I want to raise money to help other disabled people have adventures and make friends,” Angel said.

Angel’s mother Sascha Yeomans has been riding and training horses her entire life, but never considered the benefits of equine therapy until seeing it first-hand.

“Horse therapy has drastically improved Angel’s physical fitness, coordination and confidence,” Ms Yeomans said.

“His growth is amazing to watch. It’s wonderful that he now has an outlet that provides boundless opportunities for adventure.”

Angel’s stepfather Tom Mullinar said Angel had always been dreaming up new journeys and the trip on the National Trail was his most ambitious.

“There has been a lot of work done to prepare for this 5000-kilometre, year-long journey,” he said.

“We are eternally grateful to all the generous people and organisations supporting us.”

Angel’s journey is supported by Riding for the Disabled (RDA), a not-for-profit organisation which provides equestrian activities to people of all ages and disabilities.

“RDA assists more than 2000 people every year. Anyone is welcome to come along to our Lenah Valley centre and give it a try,” RDA CEO Justin Dent said.

“Our goal is to help raise $500,000 which will go directly into helping other people with disabilities overcome their challenges.”

To follow Angel’s journey search for “Rough and Stumble” on Facebook, or to donate visit rda.org.au

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