SARDA (South African Riding for the Disabled Association), which is based close to the Summerveld Training Establishment, is the title charity for the Hollywoodbets Durban July. Each year SARDA receives a substantial donation from Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event as a show of support for their continued efforts and for the great work that they do.
SARDA is a non-profit organisation which provides specialised horse riding classes to mentally and physically handicapped children of varied degrees. These classes are provided to children up to the age of sixteen at no cost.
The classes are handled by able instructors and trainee instructors five mornings a week at the Ridge Top Stables in Shongweni.
The specialised treatment horse riding lessons have proven to show tremendous results in children – the success stories are endless.
The movement of being on top of a horse helps the children relax and destress as well as develop their muscles without the strain of gravity on their little bodies.
In 2010, thanks in part to the support from Gold Circle Horseracing and Betting and their sponsor of the Durban July at that time, Vodacom, the SARDA KZN premises proudly opened its fully undercover training arena, which continues to provide these essential services, no matter what the weather may hold.
In order for SARDA to be able to continue to provide this beneficial therapy for the children they rely on the generosity of a number of donors. In this regard they are very appreciative of Hollywood’s interest in their cause and thank Hollywood for their very generous contribution towards ensuring the service that SARDA provides, continues to thrive.