Coronavirus announcement

As you will be all too aware the rapidly evolving situation regarding the Covid19 (Corona) virus and its potential impact on people requires us to take a precautionary approach to face-to-face and larger meetings. As a result, I am afraid to say that I and the other Watershed RDA trustees have made the decision to postpone the Riding Sessions at Watershed RDA with immediate effect.

We will review the situation over the coming weeks with a view to re-commencing our Riding sessions after the Easter break. We will keep you all informed of our plans for future Riding sessions.

​Advice from RDA UK as at 10 March 2020

Following the meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee yesterday, when it was agreed that the UK will remain in the ‘containment’ stage of its response, RDA’s policy is that Groups, volunteers and participants should continue to refer to and follow the current official Government advice. You can find this, and more information, here:

This page will always contain the most up to date information. We will therefore not be reprinting this information in our own messages, to avoid out of date advice circulating.

While our advice as a nationwide organisation remains in line with the Government’s position, individual groups, volunteers and participants must feel able to make decisions based on their own specific circumstances. Just like everyone else, volunteers, staff and participants should follow the standard advice on self-isolation if that is applicable. As you will understand, this is a rapidly changing situation so it is worth continuing to check the Government webpage for updates, and follow their advice to guide your decisions.

The NHS website also provides guidance on the symptoms, how the disease is spread, and how to avoid catching or spreading germs. You can view this at

If the situation changes, and/or we update our advice we will of course let you know immediately. If you have any specific concerns please do get in touch with RDA National Office directly.

Best wishes,


Welcome to Watershed RDA

Watershed Riding for the Disabled in Coates, Near Cirencester has been offering riding therapy since 1993, and is a thriving and successful group of the National RDA.

Riding and interaction with horses is known to provide profound benefits for people of all ages, particularly for those whose lives may be limited or challenged through disability.

Our stables and riding arena are a safe, professional and friendly environment where we provide special opportunities with our ponies for personal achievement, development of confidence and physical therapy.

Watershed RDA have no paid staff, so we rely on our large contingent of willing volunteers. Volunteering in itself is known to provide many benefits to individuals, such as additional social contact, increased self worth and a sense of belonging.

Those who are involved with Watershed RDA often say that it feels like being part of a family, and that makes us feel very proud!

To mark the 50th anniversary of RDA, we were visited in the summer of 2019  by a film crew and journalists from Country Living magazine. They produced a wonderful article about us at Watershed RDA and also a very moving 5 minute film. To see these yourself, click this link:

If you would like to make a donation to Watershed RDA, please click here

Our charity number is 1164924

Thank you very much for your support.