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  • Jan 09, Mountain Cattleman’s Association VIC (MACV) captures, gentles and auctions a wild brumby to support RDA.
  • On 1 Jan 09, Equestrian Australia (EA) assumed responsibility for managing the Para-Equestrian High Performance program (see
  • Feb 09, Victoria Bushfire Disaster devastates countryside with tragic loss of human and animal life
  • May 09, rising floods and severe storms lashed SE QLD causing damage to RDA Centres and loss of horses
  • Global financial crisis (GFC) - RDAA board reviews viability of developing Dover Park, a property generously gifted by Bill Gibbons, against the background of the 2009 global financial crisis and a tough funding environment. It decides to return Dover Park to Bill with enormous thanks. A decision is reached to focus instead on coaching, serving the needs of coaches and supporting RDA in Australia
  • Review of core organisational needs - biggest single need identified was improvement in the support for coaching and delivery of training by RDAA. RDAA is currently restructuring the National Coaching Department to change the way it provides support to its coaches
  • June 09, Ian Potter Foundation generously grants $100,000 towards its new National Coach Development Program
  • Aug 09 RDAA celebrates its 30th Anniversary
  • Aug 09, RDAA lodges bid at FRDI International Congress in Germany to host 2015 FRDI International Congress of Therapeutic Riding
  • Pauline Perry, RDAA life member and past president elected as new FRDI President (2009-2012)
  • Norma Pearce (RDAA life member) steps down as FRDI Executive Director and takes up a seat on RDAA national board
  • Sept 09, dedicated online secure coaches’ website portal being developed to support RDA coaches; to be rolled out early 2010 with a generous grant from The Myer Foundation
  • Sept 09, Trust - Fred P Archer Charitable Trust generously grants $30,000 towards new National Coach Development Program
  • Sept 09, RDA Centres in Australia participate in RDA UK world's biggest riding lesson on 30 Sept 09
  • Oct 09, RDAA ran first ever National Video Dressage Competition and Asia Pacific Video Dressage Competition in response to current financial climate and to make RDA national events more accessible and affordable
  • Nov 09, PETstock/RDAA National Young Coach Development Program – 13 young coaches participate
    • 3 young coaches complete their OTC Level
    • 8 young coaches complete their Level 1
    • 2 young coaches working on their Level 2
  • Nov 09, Discipline Committee meetings and Coach Assessors’ workshop - 23 RDA Coach Assessors attended representing all RDAA member states
  • Nov 09, ANZ Trustees Program The Dyson Bequest generously grants $25,000 towards new National Coach Development Program
  • National Coaching Workshop takes place at Marcus Oldham College, Geelong, VIC - 100 people attended the Coach Clinic
  • RDAA riders compete in UK and Norway
  • New RDAA national website was launched on the Sept 2008 with the aid of a gift from the Cassandra Gantner Foundation in time for the 2008 Paralympic Games
  • RDAA sends Para Equestrian Team to the 2008 Paralympics in Hong Kong
    • Georgia Bruce wins Bronze Medal for Australia in the Individual Championship Test
  • RDAA National Dressage Championships take place in Werribee, VIC
  • RDA Australia receives generous gift of $2.5m, 271 acre property from Mr Bill Gibbins on peppercorn rent
  • Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd donates a share in the winnings of a racehorse at auction to the RDA
  • RDAA Paralympic Squad competes in World Championships at Hartpury UK, wins two medals and performs the best of any country on borrowed horses
  • Equine Influenza seriously affects RDAA activities and finances around Australia
    • RDA programs in Eastern States shut down national wide in bid to prevent the spread of Equine Flu
    • PEA/RDAA scheduled to hold the CPEDI - final international qualifier for 2008 Paralympics but cancelled because of Equine Flu
  • RDAA undergoes corporate re-branding with new logo and style guide
  • RDAA Inc incorporates to become RDAA Ltd.
  • 21 athletes compete internationally
  • Para Equestrian Dressage moves from IPEC to the governance of the FEI – becoming the 8th equestrian discipline
    • Equestrian is one of few sports where able bodied and Para sports are governed by the one body
  • RDAA Coaching Department launched its new coaching system - moving to competency based training to allow for more flexible learning
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games
    • Jan Pike (NSW) wins Silver and Bronze Medals
  • 5th National Coaching Workshop held at Marcus Oldham College, Geelong
    • features Susanne Von Dietze
    • attended by 160 coaches including 12 from Asia Pacific Region
  • RDA Australia acquires horses for Sydney Paralympic Games.
  • Australian team of seven riders bring home
    • 2 gold and 2 bronze medals
    • placed 5th overall in the team dressage event
  • Mounted Games introduced.
  • SMILEY promotion continues as a fundraising and promotional tool.