Riding for the Disabled is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, therapeutic, horse-related activities.
The organisation is made up of some wonderful students, parents, committee members, and volunteers.
Last year Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole paid a number of visits to Riding for the Disabled in Bathurst.
On one of those visits he was pleased to announce a new Pet Therapy annexe which was funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government with support of $153,000.
Mr Toole said that annexe is now able to house a range of animals including a Shetland pony, donkey, deer, alpacas, goats, ducks, rabbits, chooks, a calf and even a couple of pigs.
The funding also allowed the car park to be sealed as well while adding fencing and a concrete pathway.
The annexe will be named after long-serving RDA volunteer Melinda Gavin.
Mr Toole recently announced a further grant of $7,700 for an extra pathway which will allow easy access for anyone with mobility challenges to enjoy the benefits that interacting with pets provides.
The path will be about 35 metres long and two metres wide, and its competition will finish off the project.