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


For 50 years we have been recognising the ability in disability

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.

Read the article the mum of one of our riders wrote for the Huffington Post


Charity Bags raise £700

A huge thank you to staff and customers at Mountain Warehouse in Lewes who have raised nearly £700 for us in the past year through their Charity Bag Campaign. This is a super boost to our funds and will a great help towards the cost of the group’s summer term activities...

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Marvellous May

We’ve had a great competitive season so far with our more experienced riders. Early in the month we went to Felbridge for the RDA South East Regional Challenge Day. Despite some challenging weather conditions and a spritely Toby the pony both Stanley and Fergus qualified for the national championships at Hartpury and Fergus gained the highest score of everyone on the day. Then during the half term break we had a great turn out for Hicks...

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3 weeks ago
Congratulations to Will on two first places at the Regional Dressage Competition held today at Hickstead Showground. Will has qualified for the RDA National Competition in July at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. https://t.co/1D8rbicpVH RDAhopeinvalley photo
1 month ago
Do any of you ever shop in Waitrose?
Our group is one of the 3 charities nominated for a share in the (Uckfield) Waitrose little green disc collection.
So if you do go to Waitrose, please pick up discs and pop in our 'slot'
Thank you!
1 month ago
This is a huge thank you to all volunteers who were 'on duty' this Wedneaday.
It was quite frenetic without Sheila, but you were all amazing and the afternoon went along without any glitches....
I was told that... https://t.co/X6wMLbFYVg
1 month ago
Stanley competing at the SE Region Countryside Challenge competition at Felbridge Showground yesterday. https://t.co/bHRgy9uyjY RDAhopeinvalley photo
1 month ago
Today is Challenge Day at Felbridge for groups in the S.E. Region.
Good luck to all riders taking part today, but extra good luck to our riders with Toblerone. Huge thanks to our awesome volunteers, especially... https://t.co/30o25FdMcI