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.

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



Heineken’s retirement

Heineken is a super pony who has been with us since he was 8 years old and is now in his 20s (he was born in 1991). He has been retired due to the fact he has cataracts in both eyes. He is now a companion to a beautiful Thoroughbred mare called Finn. He also has the task of standing whilst being groomed and loved by his 6 year old friend seen in the picture. Things you might not know about him...

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RDA Regional Dressage

On 24th May 2017 we took a group of riders and ponies to Hickstead to compete in the regional dressage competition. This has probably been our best year yet!  Lottie, riding Rose, was the first placed junior in her class and has qualified to compete at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College in July.  She also received a Trophy for gaining the highest Junior qualifying score as well as receiving an award for the best turned o...

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Today is our training afternoon followed by our AGM where you will hear about all that has gone on... https://t.co/WleyUFu7up

Huge thanks to all the volunteers who gave up 5 days to make the Clwyd holiday just great for the children. Hard... https://t.co/mA0bR3uTIa

Putting ponies out in their field for the last time....

Last tack clean and checking over ponies after riding