Focusing on ability,
not disability.

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about EAPD.

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Enrolling your child
with EAPD.

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Volunteer for
the EAPD programme.

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Our Story

In 1998, Our patron HH Sheikha Hassa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum donated three horses to be used for therapeutic riding. Under the CEO, Ali Albwardy and the directorship of Satish Seemar, the Equestrian Association for People of Determination (EAPD) was born.

Formally known as Riding for Disabled Dubai until 2018, today, more than 70 children with a variety of physical and developmental issues, including autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and spina bifida, benefit from the EAPD programme.

The EAPD Program

EAPD uses horse riding to help children develop their physical, cognitive and emotional abilities, allowing them to maximise their potential by focusing on ability, not disability.

EAPD is licensed by the Community Development Authority (CDA).

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Show your Support

EAPD is a not-for-profit organisation and relies totally on assistance from individuals and organisations to keep the programme running. You can support us by promoting awareness of EAPD, or by coming along and volunteering.

Find out more about how to enroll a child in the EAPD programme.


See how you can help us achieve our goals by volunteering your time.


Contact Us

If you would like more information on enrolling a child, lesson schedules, volunteer opportunities, and general information, please contact our instructors on

For all other enquiries, such as raising awareness or PR, please contact the EAPD manager on

To volunteer here is actually 3-in-1 ! I can enjoy the beautiful, green, calm surroundings, do something for my body and mind, and help others! At the same time, I meet people with the same idea. It's just a wonderful experience every time.

Being involved here at the EAPD is a very rewarding experience. Seeing children blossom and gain confidence and motor skills is amazing. The setting is beautiful and tranquil, allowing the children to have a bit of quiet time as well.

Mujtaba enjoys his sessions at EAPD. His confidence level and self-esteem have built up. His posture has improved, and his communication skills have improved tremendously. Mujtaba’s overall muscle strength has increased. He knows the name of his horse and he waits eagerly every week to go to EAPD.

Yuzra's balance and posture has improved. She is very happy to mingle with people in EAPD. Her communication and social skills also show improvement.

Urpita comes down every Monday morning saying "Horse riding!" (with a big smile). Her balance has improved. Urpita’s trunk muscles are also strengthening with the exercise. She is now able to get down and climb up the steps of the bus independently.

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