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.


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 on the two links below.

Safeguarding guidelines

RDA UK Safeguarding

Training Dates for 2017

9th Feb (Thursday) @ Epsom RDA - Informal Group Coach  training - how we influence our ponies (body language, leading and developing movement)

12th March @ Epsom RDA - Stage 1 training session

9th April (Sunday) @ Epsom RDA - Formal Group Coach training session - rider assessment

30th April @ Epsom RDA - Stage 2 training session

14th September (Thursday) @ venue TBC - Informal Group Coach training - goal setting

17th September @ Epsom RDA - Stage 1 training session

29th October @ Epsom RDA - Stage 2 training session

12th November @ Epsom RDA - Formal Group Coach training

Stage 1 and 2 training offered at Epsom RDA requires attendees to sign up at the yard, however any training queries can be directed to the training team via epsomrdatraining@gmail.com