Riding for the Disabled Association gets back in the saddle with grant boost

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GLENORCHY based not-for-profit Riding for the Disabled Association Kalang received a positive boost in the form of an RACT Insurance COVID-19 Community Support Fund grant as it readies its stables to welcome back clients.

Riding for the Disabled Association Kalang has occupied its present site in Glenorchy for more than 20 years, with a small team of dedicated volunteers and a range of horses and ponies that cater for people with disabilities of all ages.

Riding for the Disabled statewide coaching coordinator and level one coach Claudia Nevah said the organisation’s programs focused on providing people with disabilities with wonderful and social experience of working with a horse.

“The benefits are so wide – the programs help a lot of riders in confidence building, social abilities, physical benefits, and recreational abilities,” she said.

“We also have a state team go to the National Championship every two years, so people come for the riding itself as well.”

Ms Nevah said the $2,500 grant came at a much-needed time to go towards the care and maintenance of the horses.

“Because of COVID-19 we had to close down because a lot of our riders and volunteers are too high risk, and the biggest part of our funds come through rider fees, so we didn’t have any income to help feed horses,” she said.

“It costs about $3000 per year to care for a horse, which not only includes their feed, but also a farrier, dentist, vet, rugs and saddles if they’re in a programs to make sure the horses don’t get sore.

“We’re starting up our program again in September, but can’t have some of our riders back because they’re high need – the ones that can come back will come back.

“We have a long waiting list at the moment, so what we need is more coaches to be able to deliver more of the program during the week or on the weekend.”

RACT Insurance recently announced a second round of COVID-19 Community Support grants worth $100,000 after being overwhelmed by the sheer number of Tasmanian community organistions struggling to stay afloat.

RACT Insurance chief executive officer Trent Sayers said with such a staggering need demonstrated by the response to the initial COVID-19 support fund, the organisation felt very strongly about its role in supporting the community.

“We take our role very seriously in helping Tasmania respond to and rebuild as the immediate impact of COVID-19 continues to ease,” Mr Sayers said.

“As Tasmanians we are all dealing with the far reaching impacts of COVID-19 on our community, our family and our businesses, and we understand that as a local organisation we have an important role to play in supporting our community to do what we can to get through these unprecedented circumstances.

“Local community groups make a big difference to life in Tasmania and as we have already seen, play an important role in rebuilding and bringing our communities back together post COVID-19.”

RACT Insurance has now provided a total of $200,000 in support grants to organisations across Tasmania.

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