A brand new RDA Centre in Stirling
In response to the devastating loss of Bannockburn RDA in 2014, Equi-Power was established with a mission to create a new, purpose-built RDA centre of excellence for Scotland. Our vision includes high quality facilities to deliver the therapeutic riding, vaulting, carriage driving, learning and volunteering opportunities that RDA is recognised for UK wide, alongside a fully accessible play area and café with Changing Places toilet facilities that are open to all.
Following a thorough search of potential sites and consultation with a technical team, comprising a surveyor, engineer and architect, the site at Kildean, owned by Stirling Council, is the preferred option. The site offers excellent access to Stirling and surrounding areas as well as a good grazing with beautiful views of the castle and Wallace Monument.
Work on this project is now being led by the Board of Trustees and the staff team, with continued support from the wider RDA community. ARC architectural practice Arc Architects (arc-architects.com) are working on the designs for the new centre, and we have engaged with local planning professionals, councils, land-owners, RDA supporters, 3rd sector organisations, schools, and existing riding establishments and other RDA Centres.
It is planned that the centre will generate revenue from riding, vaulting and equine facilitated learning sessions, a community café, and hires as a training venue for riding clubs and pony clubs.
Equi-Power@Kildean will be a safe, welcoming, accessible and financially viable centre where the welfare of the horses is of key importance.