RDA Grassroots League 1st April 2021 - 1st April 2022 

  The RDA Endurance grassroots league was created to encourage riders to ride out and enjoy endurance even more.  It is really simple to start - all you have to do is ride out in a session, fill out a time card (with your distance and time) and email a copy to Emma Bayliss at National Office.  Riders must ride at a minimum of 1 km to enter onto the league and then can add on distances in 0.5 km increments. Once a rider reaches 5km they will receive a rosette, then at 10km and 25km.

The league will be available online at the end of each month so riders and groups can track their progress. We have extended it to twelve months to allow groups who are later restarting a chance to log their miles.

The notes and time card can be found on the right hand side of this page.


Since its launch in 2012, Endurance has become a hugely popular activity at Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), where 28,000 people with disabilities benefit from the therapeutic effects of riding and carriage driving. With levels to suit all abilities and riding environments, RDA Endurance offers a new and exciting challenge to riders, and a chance for Coaches to get their teeth into something a bit different.

Why get involved?

  • It’s fun and open to all riders, horses and ponies
  • More involvement and variety for leaders and helpers
  • Greater knowledge of Equine Welfare (washing and feeding)
  • Do you know how fast your pony can walk, trot and canter?
  • Have a go, start at 1km and progress to higher distances!

Groups that are already able to hack out would be an ideal venue to hold Endurance sessions, although if this was not an option for your group, then shorter distance rides can be organised within an arena. It may make things more interesting to include obstacles such as poles and a gate and a 1km ride within an arena would be approximately 8 circuits depending on the size of the arena.

A route would need to be created of either 1km,2km,3km,5km,10km or 15km long (but remember if you have any route you can incorporate longer distances by looping across).

How does a Group add Endurance as an activity?

It’s easy – any Coach can run Endurance sessions; and no assessment of the group is required!

All you would need to fill out is the Activity Extension Form and return to Emma Bayliss ebayliss@rda.org.uk at National Office.

Once registered you are able to start planning your first ride!

Want to find out more or begin long distances?

With Riding for the Disabled now having 100 centres offering endurance riding distances from 1km-15km giving you a great way to get a taste of our exciting discipline, Endurance GB then takes over the reins to provide you with low distance pleasure rides through our Local Groups structure ranging in distance from 5km-34km and with no minimum speeds required; we just ask that you get back to the venue by the latest time given by the ride organiser.

Please click on the ‘Starting Competition‘ page for more information

For riders who want to incorporate longer rides into their Endurance adventures, mounted escort hacks out without leaders and sidewalkers are now possible. A risk assessment MUST be completed. You can find this on the right hand side of this page. For more information on this please contact Gilly Roper.

We try to incorporate equine welfare into Endurance and to compete in the League you will need to take your horses heart rate before and after your ride. We have created a video to help you to do this. Alternatively you can always speak to your practicing Vet or your RDA Regional Vet for advice  Taking a horses heart rate with a stethoscope – YouTube


Page Last Updated: October 14, 2021