Recently Riding for the Disabled national ambassador Melanie Kerr of Little Manly had to “pop out of her gumboots and into a posh frock” when she was a guest at Parliament.
Minister for Disability Issues, Nicky Wagner, hosted members of NZ Riding for the Disabled at the Grand Hall, Parliament on May 26.
The reception was held to celebrate the work and commitment of Riding for the Disabled’s volunteers throughout the country.
Pictured from left are North Shore Riding for the Disabled volunteers Tim Lofts, Debbie Sutton, Melanie Kerr and Shannon Mitchell with the Minister, centre.
Each year over 3000 people enjoy Riding for the Disabled horse-riding and horse-related activities.
“They face physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges and their participation is life-changing,” Melanie says.
There are 56 RDA Groups in local communities throughout New Zealand – the North Shore one operates from Stillwater.