Meet Our Herd
The cost of keeping a horse is approximately $1,500 per year. You can adopt a horse for only $50 pa. Receive a laminated certificate and be kept up to date with your horse's progress.

Adoption makes a great gift! 

Visits can be arranged.
Elvis, our handsome apaloosa was purchased by RDA Ballina courtesy of a donation from the South East Asian and Vietnam Veterans Association Ballina Branch, along with his lovely tack and their ongoing support. His huge personality is combined with a naturally inquisitive nature which charms us all! His youth makes him quite the king of the herd some days, and we just keep him away from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Adopt Elvis
Banjo is a thoroughbred, who has seen it all (from a bit of a height). Being our tallest horse, he's great with larger riders. Moving to Glen Burnie has seen his general demeanour improve for no obvious reason, we think he just likes the larger space and views of the cows.
  Jasper has a cheaky streak particularly when he sees a feed bin. A welsh pony, with loads of stamina and pony club experience. Quite the determined fellow, he loves to decide where he's going and how soon! 
Adopt Banjo
Adopt Jasper
   Gizmo is a typical Australian pony with an inquisitive nature who is highly perceptive. He notices every little change to his environment and tests it to make sure it's safe. He's often the scout in the paddock, keeping his eye on potential lions and tigers. Always up for a cuddle, he also has the best feet in our herd!
 Joe is a recent addition to our herd, and is a lovely, chunky, brumby with loads of appeal. He loves to great our volunteers at the gate and has impeccable manners (most of the time). Kindly on loan from Brian and Lesley at Newrybar Produce Store.
Adopt Gizmo
Adopt Joe
Smudge by name, a prince by nature, our classically trained, part Percheron gelding, with dark kind eyes, creamy flowing mane and feathered feet, he could be in a fairy tale, or medieval movie, delivering a beautiful Princess from evil, or carrying the knight in shining armour on his quest.
 
Adopt Smudge
 Leroy is a mature standard bred, with a gentle nature and peace loving soul. He's mostly happy to stand about and is great for nervous riders and beginners. Care for a game of quoits or skittles?? Leroy will patiently wait while his ride tosses to their hearts content. Need someone to cope with flag waiving and noise. Leroy is your man! Kindly on loan from Dr. Oliver Liyou.
Adopt Leroy
Mason is a gentle soul who primarily likes to take a leisurely stroll and take his time around the paddocks. While a little camera shy in this picture he does his best to please and is very patient. HIs winter coat has him looking a little like a fluffy duckling, he's very much like a plush toy.      
Adopt Sparki
Sparki, our court jester is always ready to stir up the big boys. He keeps up even when they're galloping across the paddock, after getting them all to play his latest game. He's our youngest herd member and is very happy exploring new ways to play. A delightful, cheeky boy and a favourite with many of our volunteers. 
Adopt Mason
Adopt Ringo
Ringo is a stock horse cross who is the gentleman of the herd. Always ready to step away from an argument, if any of the other boys suggests he should move, Ringo is happy to oblige. If he could say 'after you' he would....one of our taller boys he's learning that life as an RDA horse can be quite relaxing, a walk is all we ask from him. Kindly on loan from Luella (Federal).