Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding
Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding provides hippotherapy and therapeutic riding.


South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA)


Belinda Sampson brought the idea to Cape Town,South Africa, after visiting the RDA Diamond Centre in Britain. With the donation of Velvet, a good-natured chestnut gelding, from the Newman family of the Bergvliet farm and a generous monetary donation from Harrold Kennedy, the riding for the disabled could commence. Joy Finlay, a renowned rider and national judge, taught the first class of 5 cerebral palsy children in Morgenzon, Constantia, in November 1973.

The initial riders showed notable progress, which led to an increase of riders, ponies, instructors and helpers. Therapeutic riding sessions moved from Morgenzon to Phillippi and then to Zomerlust in Klein Constantia. SARDA was established by Belinda Sampson and Joy Finlay in 1796, followed by the establishing of SARDA National Association in 1979. The Cape Town Branch and SARDA head-office moved to Constantia again in 1982.

SARDA is now a registered non-profit, fund-raising orginisation, an Associated Member Group of the Riding for the Disabled in the United Kingdom and is affiliated to the Riding for the Disabled International orginisation. SARDA National Association advises, informs and provides safety guidelines to all SARDA branches to uphold the excellent SARDA standards. It also certifies SARDA instructors and accredits SARDA riding centres according to their specific standards.

The main objective of SARDA is to provide a fun way for riders with disabilities to reap the maximum therapeutic benefit from their lessons – physically, mentally and emotionally. Our SARDA qualified instructors therefore work in close relation to physiotherapists, doctors and remedial teachers. All the instructors and helpers at SARDA are volunteers. There is no charge for the lessons, but donations are always welcome.

Click here to view our SARDA Sleepy Hollow Brochure.

For more information, visit the SARDA website


History of Riding for the Disabled

Riding for the Disabled was inspired by the Danish rider and polio-sufferer, Mrs Liz Hartel. Despite being partially paralysed in both legs and hardly being able to walk, she achieved the astonishing feat of winning the Silver Medal for dressage at the Olympic Games in 1950. This event fueled the fires of those already looking into the possibility of helping people with various kinds of disabilities through horse riding. In 1964 the Advisory Council for Riding for the Disabled was formed in Britain, where 8 groups who could provide riding for the disabled quickly grew to 80 groups by 1969. This became the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). The Riding for the Disabled International orginisation (RDI) was established in 1985 and has since expanded to a number of member groups worldwide.

The Horses of Sleepy Hollow

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  1. Black Velvet
  2. Blue Ice
  3. Cognac
  4. Grand Finale
  5. Jedi all tacked up in his stable
  6. Ladybird
  7. Maestro
  8. Mulan
  9. Nutmeg looking pretty
  10. Paddy listening to his rider
  11. Rebel, always patient
  12. Smartie
  13. Truffles
  14. Tweety
  15. Winnie the Pooh