August 2020 update - we are currently at capacity for DoE volunteers until January 2020, we are now running a waiting list. 

Our Volunteers are an essential part of our RDA, without them we couldn’t possibly function. Anyone over 12 years old may become a volunteer (please note under 14's must be accompanied by an adult) and training is given to everyone who joins the group and as long as you can commit to one session per week, for at least 12 months we would be delighted to welcome you. We have volunteers from a diversity of backgrounds and ages who bring their talents and enthusiasm to contribute to our team. The most important quality that a volunteer must have is the ability to work in a team

Many volunteers have no horse experience at all when they join but provided you are keen to learn and have a good rapport with people, training is no problem. It’s a very rewarding and fulfilling experience and some of our volunteers have been involved for many years.

We are delighted that a number of teenagers volunteer their time as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at RDA. Students planning a career in the caring professions will find that prospective employers and admission tutors will really value the experience gained as an RDA volunteer.

Please note that we do not accept short term volunteering placements. Due to the training costs we require weekly commitment for at least 12 months, this includes DoE

Four Horsley & Bookham RDA young volunteers outside a stable.

Volunteers aged 14 to 25 can receive recognition for their time and commitment by working for their Young Equestrian Leaders Award.

We operate seven rides each week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons; Thursday and Sunday mornings and Wednesday evening.

Want to know what it's really like, from a volunteer? Take a look at spotlight on a volunteer.