Hope in the Valley

Riding for the Disabled Group


"I like dressage practices as they are different and in competitions I like the surprise of where I have come."

Lottie, Peacehaven


"Helping with the Group is like being part of a big happy family and so rewarding to see children grow in confidence and ability."

Jacky, Hassocks


"Nancy has blossomed in her riding ability and confidence since joining the Group. The volunteers’ commitment and care is truly humbling."

Tracey, Brighton


Hope in the Valley aims to give disabled children the opportunity to experience the pleasure, independence and therapeutic benefits that riding a horse can provide.

The Group offers weekly riding sessions at Plumpton College, near Lewes, East Sussex. It is run entirely by volunteers and funded solely by donations and bequests.  Currently the Group owns four ponies; others are lent to us by their owners.

Hope in the Valley is a member of Riding for the Disabled Association, a national organisation with over 500 member Groups.


Jen gets a Proper Job!

Jen Watham joined Hope in the Valley in 2012. She was at the time doing some research for her PhD in Animal Psychology and used some of our ponies for her research.  Whilst she was with us she qualified as a Group Instructor and went on to make a valuable contribution to the group. We were of course disappointed when her life took her out of the area and she has been missed. Just recently however we have been delighted to hear that she...

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2015 Christmas Party

On 09 December 2015 our riders all enjoyed attending our Christmas Party.  There were festive gymkhana games (Christmas Corners, Cracker Relays, etc) to the backdrop of Christmas carols and songs.  The riders took part in our annual ‘Best Festive Decorated Hat’ competition and Santa made an appearance bearing gifts for all the riders.  Our wonderful ponies and volunteers dressed appropriately for the afternoon  – we had reindeers,...

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We're taking the Countryside Challenge practice seriously! Thanks to Paul our amazing volunteer https://t.co/paPwGK7oRm RDAhopeinvalley photo

Daisy may distract me from my RDA duties! Sheila https://t.co/pYkA2mCmFp RDAhopeinvalley photo

Congrats to Jen Wathan on her new role at RDA National Office. We miss you!

Sophie's last ride with us today 😒 https://t.co/CYdOKJq7gZ RDAhopeinvalley photo