Andrew Shellum

■ Head Instructor
I am happy to join the team as RDA’s Head Coach who oversees  the operations of RDA at both the Tuen Mun and Pok Fu Lam RDA centres. Born and raised in Hong Kong, I am very familiar with RDA, earning my Grade 1 when I was just 14, as well as working with the HKJC and Lo Wu Saddle Club for many years. I have been riding for over 20 years and have worked with horses professionally for the past 14 years. I spent time in the UK studying and qualifying in equine management and also a year working at the Singapore Polo Club to gain wider experience. I also hold BHS Coaching qualifications.

Joelle Scott

■ Assistant Instructor
I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada.  I always loved animals and would spend every given moment I could around them.  Before moving to Hong Kong in 1995, I was completing my degree with psychology as my major.  My intentions to become a child psychologist.  As luck would have it, I found myself moving to Hong Kong for a life adventure.  I came across RDA in Pokfulam very shortly after that. It combined my two favourite things, horses and children.  Volunteering there was also the most rewarding thing I had ever done.  For these reasons, I pursued training to become an Instructor for the RDA and became qualified in 1996.  In addition to RDA, I became qualified with the affiliated BHS to learn more about the care of horses and teaching.  I am very passionate about the welfare of our horses and sharing that passion with the endearing RDA riders.

Niamh Armitage

■ Grade 3 Instructor
After a childhood spent bouncing around on and falling off various fat ponies in England, Niamh first became involved with RDA as a teenager in London. Having owned and competed her own horse in Scotland, various international moves temporarily halted her involvement with horses until a move to Hong Kong brought her back to both riding and RDA. She has now been involved with RDA in Hong Kong for over five years, first as a volunteer and more recently as a qualified RDA Instructor.

Watching riders develop strength,  a sense of independence, and experience the joy of being around horses is what Niamh enjoys most about working with RDA. Quite simply it never gets old!

In her spare time Niamh is busy ensuring that as many of her family as possible develop a passion for all things horse.

Sabine Behrendt

■ Grade 3 Instructor
Horses played an important role in Sabine’s life since early childhood and she is very passionate about good horsemanship. From age 6 to 16 Sabine was an active Horseback Vaulter and part of a Regional Horseback Vaulting Team in her home country, Germany, competing on national and international level. She has been riding horses both English and Western and eventually owned a beautiful quarter horse before moving to Singapore with her husband in 2003.

Sabine started to volunteer for RDA in Singapore and after a few years of living in Shanghai arrived in Hong Kong in 2009, where she continued to follow her passion and regularly volunteered at the RDA Pokfulam Center. In 2010 she attended a Horseback Vaulting trainer certification course at the HKJC and participated in several vaulting shows held at the HKJC public riding schools and Beas River Riding Club at that time.

After taking a break for some years to take on a full time paid working position as Practice Manager of Hong Kong largest Natural Health Clinic, Sabine returned to RDA in early 2016, and since then obtained her Grade 3 Instructor Certification in November 2017.

Sabine lives on Lantau Island with her husband, son and recently rescued dog. When she is not hiking or trail running in the hills of Lantau she enjoys practicing Pilates and participating in Ultra Marathons in exotic places like Nepal or Mongolia.

Rebecca Bush

■ Grade 3 Instructor
Rebecca has always been that stereotypical girl in love with horses. Growing up in Texas, she was lucky enough to be surrounded by them and was on the back of a horse not too long after learning to walk. Throughout her youth she successfully competed at national level competitions in a range of disciplines and was known around the stables as the kid who would climb up on any horse to fix a problem.  Her love of horses never faded and now combines with her passion of working with riders with special needs. Aside from her time spent with RDA, Rebecca is a learning and reading specialist, whose niche is developing literacy intervention programs for students with specific learning disabilities and special needs.

Ho Yiu Chung, Simon

■ Riding Instructor and Grade 3 Instructor
Simon Ho acquired his BHSAI qualification in November 2013 and has solid experience in training ponies and conducting stable visit tours. Simon Ho is currently responsible for pony lessons in Cantonese as well as fun riding activities. He also joined RDA as a Grade 3 Instructor in 2019.

Lam Hoi Ming, Mo Mo

■ Riding Instructor and Grade 3 Instructor
Mo Mo Lam acquired his BHSAI qualification in May 2017 and is currently responsible for conducting pony lessons in Cantonese as well as horse activities. He also joined RDA as a Grade 3 Instructor in 2017.

Marie Lau

■ Grade 3 Instructor
I have been with RDA since 1998. I join RDA because I like to help the disabled people, also I enjoy doing exercise four days per week every morning. I am now a Grade 3 Instructor, I want to improve and keep myself up to date with all new ideas. To implement a safe and smooth RDA lesson is very interesting and makes me happy.

Leung Wai To, David

■ Riding Instructor and Grade 3 Instructor
David Leung completed all his training in Hong Kong and achieved BHSAI standard in 1999. He is an experienced Riding Instructor and has been teaching the horse and pony lessons in Tuen Mun Public Riding School for many years.He also joined RDA as a Grade 3 Instructor in 2009.

Ann-Sofi Poyhonen

■ Grade 3 Instructor
I am originally from Finland. I started with RDA in February 1998 and have gone through all the grades to become a RDAI in 2002. To work with RDA is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. To be at the stables and working with children, helpers and not forgetting the ponies makes my day.

Tso Hoi Tong

■ Grade 3 Instructor
I have been a RDA volunteer since 2013 and have completed Grade 3 instructor training in 2019. It is a new challenge for me to be a grade 3 instructor but I shall do my best to provide a suitable, safe and happy riding class for the riders. Last but not least, I am glad that RDA not only provides a platform for me to serve the community but also one to enrich my retirement life.

Wong Kai Ming

■ Grade 3 Instructor
I started with RDA in 2011 after my retirement. It was another challenge in my life as I never knew horses and therapeutic horseback riding before. RDA provides professional local training and courses taught by overseas trainers for the volunteers. At the same time I learn through voluntary work so that I have qualified a grade 3 instructor in 2019. I hope that what I learn from RDA will be of great benefit to the students.

Yeung Kai Ming, Raymond

■ Riding Instructor and Grade 3 Instructor
Raymond Yeung was the first Riding Instructor to acquire the BHSAI qualification successfully in 1995. He received a further training in the UK and passed the BHS Stage IV Riding Exam in 2004. Raymond Yeung shows boundless enthusiasm for the horse show competition in jumping, dressage and one-day events.He also joined RDA as a Grade 3 Instructor in 2009.

Yiu Kam Yuk

■ Grade 3 Instructor
I started to be a volunteer from 1995 in RDA, beforehand; I never had a contact with horse. I remember that I haven¡¦t got any training, just learning & practicing at the same time due to a lack of volunteers. But I also assist to train a new helper in most of time afterward. I knew RDA from advertisement of newspaper, as I understand that RDA let disable people to join the social activity as well as let public to contact & understand more about disable people.
Although, I’m quite sad because my daughter is one of disabled children, so I have a very strong feeling to help others with a disability without excuse.