Board Members

Jeanne Stratford – RDAA Chair

Jeanne is Chair of the National Board of RDA Australia, having previously served as Deputy Chair.  Jeanne retired in 2005 after a long career in the education of students with disabilities in NSW.  As a trained Careers Adviser, she pioneered TAFE courses for students with disabilities.  Her career included 3 years as a State Consultant and 18 years as Principal of a school for students with severe and multiple disabilities.  She is a Paul Harris fellow of Rotary.

Jeanne is familiar with most areas of disability: physical, intellectual, sensory, emotional.  She understands the adjustments that families have to make and has vast experience dealing with families.

Jeanne has filled in when required at the Nationals (in charge of a gate!) and has presented awards.  She has volunteered with RDA and was on the Awards Panel in 2014 to judge the National Volunteer Awards.  Jeanne has also represented RDAA at Flemington Race Course as a guest of the VRC Committee.  She and her husband Dick have also done the catering for RDA Victoria workshops.

In her spare time, Jeanne is a practising artist, working in acrylics.  She has 3 children, the eldest, Edwina, is the State Coaching Coordinator of RDA Victoria.

Jeanne loves witnessing the relationships between horse and rider.  She has a deep admiration for riders, families, coaches, volunteers and committee members in the Centres.

Jan Croser - RDAA Director

Working with people is Jan's passion and being able to combine that with her understanding and respect of horses and the improvement of circumstances for all people in our community led her to being a co-founder of RDA Horsham Centre, Victoria, in 1981.  Personally and professionally, for over 35 years, Jan has been working with and advocating for people with disabilities.  Some of those roles within her local RDA Centre have included instructor, horse manager, treasurer, president and grants/fundraiser officer.  On a State Level in Victoria she has been involved as a coach, assessor, Centre support chair and RDA V Board Member.  On a professional level, Jan has spent over a decade as Director of Disability Services for West Wimmera Health Service, Disability Services Manager for Wimmera Uniting Care and served on many operational committees.

Lesley Monro - RDAA Director

After a very successful career in publishing, working with some of Australia's leading publishing houses in senior management roles, Lesley relocated from Victoria to the Northern Territory in 2000.  Lesley's passion for all things equestrian and being able to support people with special needs is what drew her to RDA in the Top End and in 2001 Lesley started as a volunteer.

Lesley has been Centre Manager since 2003 and in 2006 gained her Level 2 Coach and National Assessor qualifications.

In 2012, Lesley was the National finalist for the Telstra Business Women's Nokia Business Innovation Award.

Lesley is very passionate about training and mentoring volunteers and coaches with disabilities and works closely with various pathway programs offered by the Northern Territory Government.

Kelly Lovely - RDAA Director

In 1990 a girl guide opportunity led Kelly to a lengthy volunteer stint at Riding for the Disabled which, in turn, led her toward becoming an Occupational Therapist.

After a lengthy corporate career, Kelly now consults in Health & Safety, risk management, audit and compliance and acts as a coach and business mentor.  She is  non Executive Director on several Boards.

Kelly is thrilled to have returned to RDA and to be again working on the lives of people with disabilities across Australia.  On a personal note, Kelly is passionate about sport, is a mother of 3 boys and, with her family (mother Pip is also an RDA  volunteer) sponsors a Tall Timbers horse.

Peta Rak - RDAA Director

Peta was elected to the RDA Australia Board in November 2017.  She has worked as the Senior Veterinarian at Illawarra Animal Hospital in New South Wales since February 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney.  Peta frequently works with various people in the equine industry and brings much knowledge regarding horse health and welfare to the National Board.

Peta has a personal connection to RDA, her first experience with RDA was during high school when she volunteers with her mother, RDA Coach Lesley Hewitt, at the RDA Moorabbin Centre.  This was continued  through volunteering with RDA Daylesford and working with her brother, David Rak, who has competed at State, National and International competitions.

Peta has three horses of her own and has competed at local and regional level across several disciplines.

Anthony Grant - RDAA Director

Anthony joined RDA Alice Springs team after spending most of his life in remote Australia.

Living and working on stations, first as a station hand, then to head stockman, Dusty (as he prefers to be called) has most recently spent the last five years managing stations up to 5.5 million acres in size.

Dusty has a passion for horses and helping people so joining RDA in 2015 gave him the opportunity to put the two things that drive him into a worthwhile career.

Dusty has experience training staff in station and horsemanship skills and brings an abundance of knowledge to the RDA setting.  He is a great mentor for anyone keen on moving into or learning about station life, stock work and horsemastership.  He has also worked with the youth correctional and diversion units in Alice Springs to engage with troubled youth with an Equine Therapy program.  As Central Australia has a large Indigenous population, Dusty has worked with the the Department of Education to help set up a Certificate 1 & 2 course in stable hand/horseman ship as a VET course, assisting young Indigenous get enough points to complete their Year 12 and take valuable horse knowledge back to their community or further their education to source future employment in the racing industry, mounted police or any other number of equine jobs.

Company Members

Riding for the Disabled Association of ACT. Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Queensland Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association South Australia Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association Tasmania Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria Inc.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Western Australia Inc.
Associate Members
New South Wales
Riding for the Disabled Deniliquin Inc
Northern Territory
Riding for the Disabled Alice Springs Inc
Riding for the Disabled in the Top End Inc