All About Us

We work as a team with the Coach, Leader, Sidewalkers and Horse working together to support the rider to achieve their goals.

Our Committee

PresidentCliff Dawson
Vice PresidentElizabeth Roberts
TreasurerMegan Sharplin
Pony Committee RepMary Bradley
Grants & FundingDi Knight
Health & Safety Cilla Bell/Jill Groenestein
Privacy Officer & CVVPJill Groenestein
NZRDA Rep Cilla Bell
Volunteer CoordinatorMegan Crenfeldt
TPEC RepsCilla Bell / Anne Chamberlin
Coaches RepAnne Chamberlin
PR / Sponsorship / DonationsLinley Talbot

Cliff is a seasoned long serving volunteer whose guidance and expertise is highly valued by everyone here at Totara Park. Now into his second year as President he has served on the Committee for many years. He has a wealth of knowledge gained in horse leading, side walking and coaching which inspires confidence in riders, parents/caregivers and all the volunteers alike.

Meet Our Coaching Team

The Coach plans the riding programme, organises the rally and leads the RDA session that enables the rider to achieve their goals. Our volunteers follow the direction of the coach.

Our Duty Managers

Coach in Training

Juanita Benade  Enrolled July 2021 NZ Cert in Equine Skills L2
(Pre-requisite qualification for NZRDA coaching pathway)

Coaching Position Available

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST are invited from anyone interested in a Coaching role, as part of a team at Totara Park Riding for the Disabled, Manukau, Auckland.

A person with experience in any of the following fields would find this an interesting and fulfilling part-time paid position.

  • Coaching
  • Equestrian
  • Teaching
  • Therapy

(Hours are negotiable but approximately 20 – 25 hours per week)

This role would suit someone with leadership and interpersonal skills, who will work as part of a team and be prepared to upskill, show initiative and deliver great rider outcomes for our riders. Computer and paperwork skills also necessary. Training will be provided – including NZQA qualifications.

The position is supported by a positive, future focussed committee and a sound skilled volunteer team. To find out more about our organisation please refer to the information in this website. 

If you wish to explore this exciting opportunity to contribute to a very worthwhile community service, please contact:

Cliff Dawson

Phone:  09 5309490

Email:   cliff.dawson@rdagroup.nz

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