TPRDA is a non-profit making organisation.
TPRDA does not receive any government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of the public for support. The Group charges only a minimal fee for our service which does not cover our running costs. Therefore, our volunteers have to spend many hours and resources on fundraising and sourcing corporate funding to enable the Group to carry on operating.
Our greatest expense is our horses - our main assets! Without them there would be no riding therapy for people with disabilities in our community.
We currently have 8 horses. The financial requirement for purchase, upkeep and welfare of each RDA horse is significant and ongoing.
Our riders benefit most from our riding programmes if the horses are suitable RDA horses. This means they must be fit, healthy and happy - all the time! To achieve this, the horses are cared for daily by our Horse Supervisor.
The purchase of a suitable RDA horse would usually be in the range of $5,000 - $6,000 plus gear required for it - e.g. saddle $800, bridle etc. $50 and cover $400.
It costs us at least $8000 each year to look after the health and welfare of one RDA horse.
Expenses related to Horse and Pony care include:
- Contracted Horse Supervisor
- Feed, supplements and hay
- Covers, gear, etc.
- Repairs and maintenance of horse gear
- Maintenance of paddocks and equipment
- Electric fences (running and maintenance)
- Initial purchase of horse
Other running Expenses
- Contracted Coach
- Training of volunteers and coaches
- Purchase of specialized equipment for riders' sessions
- Newsletters to volunteers and riders
- Administration expenses, eg. stationery, photocopying, postage
- Affiliation fees to NZRDA
Over the past few years we have raised money for special building projects, such as an all-weather surfaced riding arena, a round training pen and covered horse yards. We have also contributed towards the cost of a huge 40x60 covered riding arena which enables us to continue riding in the wet weather.
- Undercover mounting area
Businesses and individuals can support our RDA by sponsoring a horse. Part-sponsorship starts from $100 a month. One-off donations of any amount are always welcome.
Download the sponsorship form on the right sidebar to see more information about helping us cover these expenses.