Accessibility Mark

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has launched Accessibility Mark to encourage more people into the world of horse riding and its therapeutic benefits.

Over 50 centres have gained the Accessibility Mark stamp of approval. By applying for Accessibility Mark, the centre will be able to gain training and advice from RDA (in return for a commercial fee) and once RDA are satisfied that the standards are met, the centre will be awarded their endorsement and will become a centre with Accessibility Mark. 

If you are a centre interested in the Accessibility Mark accreditation then please take a look at the Information & Support Pack on the right hand side which contains lots of information about the project including Centre requirements.

If you would like to take part or for more information please fill in the online form


Useful links for Accessibility Mark Centres

The Accessibility Mark E-Newsletter 

Our e-Learning courses are a great way to develop your skills and understanding. For further information please visit

Education in RDA

Accessibility Mark Proficiency Test Handbook can be download here – AM Riding & Horse Care Proficiency Test Handbook
The Accessibility Mark education resources including price list can be downloaded here – Accessibility Mark Centre – Education resources

Further details regarding the RDA Proficiency Tests see link below

The RDA Tracker
The Tracker is a simple to use holistic tool to measure change. Change is measured in six different areas. These areas are communication, physical changes, relationships, horsemanship, confidence and enjoyment. For further information please visit

Special Equipment
You can download the special-equipment-guide or for more information on special equipment in RDA please visit special-equipment

A guide to mounting and dismounting

Medical guidelines
RDA Epilepsy Policy
Notes on Medical Conditions and Disabilities
Contra Indication Guidance

Max. weight calculator
In line with our Weight Chart Guidelines , we have a max. weight calculator to help our RDA Groups work out the maximum weight a horse could carry (including tack and before taking into consideration, the conformation, age and fitness of the horse) 

To access the calculator, please click here
Please note: this will appear as a Microsoft Excel download.

Useful resources from other organisations
British Blind Sport-Equestrian Resource
Activity Alliance – Access for all: Opening Doors
Activity Alliance – Inclusive Communications Guide
Engaging disabled people: the guide

All Activity Alliance resources can be found on their website here.


If you have any questions or queries, please contact National Office at or 01926 492915. 

Page Last Updated: March 11, 2020