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.
We have been unable to undertake any riding activities during the pandemic. The majority of our regular riders require a high degree of hands-on help and our volunteers have needed to look after themselves and their own families too. The trustees have been keeping up to date with the activity of the ponies, who are kindly loaned to the group for the riding sessions, and keeping in touch with all o...Read More
After a busy few months we had many reasons to put on a fabulous Christmas party at Plumpton College for the final session of 2019. We celebrated our great volunteers: Sconaid Wastie was awarded Hope in the Valley’s volunteer of the year award for her dedication whilst Rudolf, or Ru, the kindly gypsy cob seen in the photo below who is lent to the group by Chrissie Wells of South Brockwells Farm was awarded the Hamish Trophy for his exce...Read More