Riding for the Disabled Association Limited (RDA) is a self-financed, non-government and non-profit making charitable organization, which is devoted to enriching the quality of life of the disabled community including physical, psychological and social benefits, by providing free rehabilitative riding programme and equine-facilitated learning programme.
RDA seeks to attract one full time Instructor to oversee the rehabilitative riding operations of RDA.
The job holder reports to the appointed Office-in-Charge of RDA. He/she is responsible for ensuring quality of lessons are provided by RDA, therefore he/she should deliver all practical training to RDA riders, instructors and helpers. He/she is also responsible for the training, maintenance, care and well-being of RDA owned horses/ponies, and to raise the standard of the aforementioned areas.
1. Ensure effective and efficient running of the operations. This is achieved by:
(a) Providing sufficient guidance to the office assistants for selection of participants, term/group/individual lesson arrangement including but not limited to term calendar, instructor and volunteer roster, etc.
(b) Convening/chairing regular instructors/operations meetings in all centers with itemized agenda prior to, and minutes after each meeting.
(c) Attending meetings including but not limited to subcommittee meetings, liaison meetings, instructor meetings etc. as required by the Office-in-Charge or the General Committee of RDA
2. Ensure high quality and safety of all RDA lessons. This is achieved by:
(a) Teaching RDA lessons.
(b) Teaching and overseeing the development of the RDAA Feeder Program (Junior Para Dressage Squad).
(c) Providing regular monitoring and guidance to instructors and volunteers.
(d) Developing an ongoing plan for volunteer recruitment and providing appropriate training to new volunteers in order to develop the standard of lessons.
(e) Developing training, assessment and examination plan and providing sufficient training to instructors and volunteers on a regular basis in order to assist in the development of the instructors and volunteers.
(f) Developing training plan and providing appropriate training and preparation of the horses/ponies to be used in RDA lesson.
(g) Overseeing the implementation and development of an Equine Facilitated Learning program.
(h) Monitoring the well-being of RDA owned horses/ponies by managing the working hour for each of horse/pony and closely liaising with the RDA’s Supervising Instructors at different centre, as well as the HKJC instructors, veterinary, stable team, farrier, and saddler at our riding centers.
(i) Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of equipment and sourcing replacement/new equipment as needed after approval from the appointed office in-charge regarding budget.
(j) Liaise with overseas consultants to arrange horse purchase.
(k) Liaise with overseas trainers to organize annual volunteer training.
3. Initiate and organize events including but not limited to gymkhanas, mini dressage, summer intensive training for selected riders, annual helpers dinner, etc.
4. Support funding application by providing rehabilitative operation statistics and information as required
5. Undertaking any other duties as assigned by the Office-in-Charge or the General Committee of RDA
1. A minimum of a BHS Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship certificate or equivalent qualification**
2. A minimum of 10 years of relevant equestrian experience, particularly with a background in therapeutic riding.**
3. A background in Equine Facilitated Learning or if not then a willingness to undertake training to become certified.
4. Extensive experience of riding and working with riding school level horses.
5. Good knowledge of the management, care and training of horses suitable for RDA lessons.
6. Fluency in both written and spoken English, and proficiency in spoken Cantonese would be advantageous.
7. Has integrity, is trustworthy, dependable, punctual, responsible and accountable.
8. Proactive, self-motived and passionate about work.
9. Can work effectively as a team and can instill a team attitude with others.
** Candidate with lower qualification or less experience would still be considered
How to apply
Please send your resume with cover letter, complete with expected salary and job reference to Riding for the Disabled Association Ltd c/o Tuen Mun Public Riding School, Lot 45 Lung Mun Road, Tuen Mun, New territories, Hong Kong; or email to email@example.com.