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


Riding Holiday 2019

Hope in the Valley RDA Group took four of its regular weekly disabled young riders to the Clywd Special Riding Centre in North Wales. This was a wonderful experience for each of the youngsters to be responsible for a pony for the 4 days of the stay. Riders were in charge of bringing their pony in from the field first thing in the morning- even before having their own breakfast- grooming and tackin...

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RDA National Championships 2019

It wasn’t just the Cricket World Cup, The Wimbledon Finals & the Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend –  Hope in the Valley attended the RDA National Championships held at Hartpury Equine College in Gloucestershire! 115 RDA Groups attended, around 300 ponies and 500 competitors – a record breaking year of attendance. Following much pony bathing, grooming and plaiting, the results are below.   Although the boys weren’t...

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Sconaid receives our Volunteer of the Year Award at our festive Christmas Party. Very well deserved. And Thank You to all our super volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you! Happy Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/6ItaVhQKXP RDAhopeinvalley photo

Pip with Eddie - her holiday pony at Clwyd Special Riding Centre. Day one learning the art of grooming! https://t.co/bzKbaH61c9 RDAhopeinvalley photo

Will, Stanley and Fergus at the RDA National Championships in Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. Great riding boys! https://t.co/pHlBTLMY7X RDAhopeinvalley photo

Margaret Fogg today received the Presidents Award from HRH Princess Anne for outstanding contribution to RDA. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS Margaret https://t.co/wQ3hQeBzR4 RDAhopeinvalley photo

Will riding Polly in the Ashdown Forest for our end of term picnic ride held together with Eastbourne RDA Group at Kingstanding, The Police Training Centre. Thanks to the Chief Constable of Sussex! https://t.co/D8sv3HWzN1 RDAhopeinvalley photo