Job Vacancy – Head Riding Coach at Woodbridge & District

Formed in 1987, the Woodbridge and District Group operates from a purpose built centre, constructed in 2017 at their new home in Clopton, Suffolk. An opportunity to join our small and dedicated team, this new post will take a leading role in organising and coaching sessions for our riding participants and mentoring our volunteer coaches.  The role will also include work on the yard looking after our 12 horses.

Permanent, full-time: 35 hours a week (Tuesday to Saturday)

Salary: £18,000 to £20,000 dependent on experience.

Leave: 28 days

Key responsibilities:

  • Liaising with the Centre Manager to agree appropriate equines and volunteers for riding sessions, ensuring the safety of participants, volunteers and equines.
  • Developing lesson plans and coaching riding sessions
  • Reporting any issues with horses to the Centre Manager as soon as possible.
  • Evaluating the safety and suitability of tack and equipment prior to each session.
  • Co-ordinating / providing after-session horse and tack care.
  • Instructing participants on horse care and stable management. Giving practical demonstrations as required.
  • Assessment of new horses and riders.
  • Management of volunteers supporting riding sessions
  • Maintaining appropriate records
  • Regular afternoon stable/yard work and ad-hoc cover for other equine staff e.g., during holidays or sick leave.

For full details and how to apply, see:

Closing date for applications: midnight Thursday 26th May 2022

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Vacancy: Director of Fundraising

£70,000 per year + benefits

5 days Full time , permanent contract.

Location: Office based at RDA National Office, Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Shrewley (approx. 5 miles to the West of Warwick) and Home based. Ideal candidate will be in the office 3 to 4 days a week.

Closing date: Monday 14th of March at 9am.

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and trained coaches at nearly 500 RDA groups and commercial riding centres all over the UK.

RDA UK are seeking a dynamic team leader who can inspire their team and the volunteer network they work with to dramatically increase their income and help deliver their ambitious growth strategy.

The charity is well positioned to deliver a step change in outcomes, but this requires a comparable step change in income.

Over the next three years they need to substantially increase their fundraised income from £1.8 million to near £4 million. While this is a significant challenge the right person will be working with a committed team delivering significant and meaningful services that they are determined to grow.

Role Purpose

RDA UK is looking for someone who is highly motivated by what RDA do and believe that this is a great opportunity to transform a charity with a fabulous reputation, but very much underleveraged in terms of voluntary income, into a highly successful fundraising organisation, for the benefit of the whole federation, and more importantly for the participants that they serve. The candidate must currently be a Head of Fundraising and has the experience and gravitas to lead RDA UK into significant growth. At least 5 years of senior fundraising experience and the senior level is required.

Working for RDA

The dedicated and committed staff team at RDA National Office supports the work of around 460 individual RDA groups and a further 50 commercial riding centres throughout the UK. We offer a collaborative and supportive working environment, with a competitive benefits package including 25 days holiday + bank holidays and pension scheme. We offer up to 5 volunteering days a year, personal discount on riding lessons and use of the facilities at our National Training Centre.

RDA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff, volunteers, and participants. We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, and we want to challenge all forms of discrimination. We will ensure that we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their protected characteristics, i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or on any other basis. We aim to design and deliver our activities and services in a way which will encourage and support participation from everyone.

We believe that greater diversity within our organisation provides a more diverse perspective. This leads to a broader range of opinions being heard in decision-making and creates a positive and open environment for achieving our objectives.


Our office is based at the RDA National Training Centre just outside Warwick. We are situated in a stunning 34-acre rural site, with ample parking and free electric charging points. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the office by prior agreement to aid job satisfaction and wellbeing.

Disability Confident Scheme

RDA is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. This means we will:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

How to apply

To apply for this position, please see here.

Closing date for applications: Monday 14th of March at 9am. 

Page Last Updated: February 22, 2022