Volunteer training

Green Card:

All our volunteers receive “Green Card” training on joining Epsom RDA as part of their induction programme. The training covers the basic elements of horse handling and rider support, as well as health and safety awareness. 

Stage 1:

Our volunteers then progress onto “Stage 1” training which is based around our horses; more in depth teaching on our horses' care and management, and how they have an effect on our riders.

Stage 1 Training Notes

Health and Safety Quiz

Stage 2:

More specialised tuition is covered in “Stage 2” as the teaching is based on understanding our riders better, meaning helpers will come away with more knowledge and improved skills so as to optimise the core service for our riders 

Stage 2 Training Notes


Our Group Coaches also have an in-house training programme which is integrated with the volunteer training. It follows a format of two informal discussion sessions and two formal practical sessions around agreed themes.

All volunteers are also encouraged to attend Regional and National training events and conferences.

More resources for Group Coaches including details on the Coaching Pathway are available at the National MyRDA website


Everyone within RDA has the right to report any issues which cause concern about another person in confidence, this can be done to the appointed Safeguarding Officer or direct to RDA UK.

 At Epsom RDA we have a 

  • Safeguarding Policy Statement
  • Safe recruitment – standard application form, 2 references and disclosure checks
  • A Safeguarding Officer
  • All coaches that run sessions have a current (within 3 years) safeguarding certificate
  • All in the group is aware of who to contact if there is a safeguarding concern
At Epsom RDA our Safeguarding officer is Louise Johns from the Saturday AM session. More information on Safeguarding guidelines and policy can be found at RDA National Safeguarding

Training Dates for 2019

Sat 16 Mar Coaches Training - Practical

Sat 2 Mar - Regional pre coach training

Sat 2 Mar - Regional Safeguarding training

Thurs 4 April - Regional pre coach training

Sun 14 April Stage 2

Mon 29 April - Regional pre coach training

Sun 9 Jun Coaches Training- Practical

Thurs 12 September Coaches Training - discussion

Sun September 29 Stage 1

Sun October 13 Stage 2

Sun 3 November Coaches Training - Practical