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


During this time of CoVid-19, there are no weekly sessions, but you can keep up with the ponies at our Facebook Page

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


Autumn 2019 News

Autumn term has been busy seeing new riders with enthusiastic parents and new volunteers. In September YouTube vlogger This Esme came and filmed one of our sessions at Plumpton. Her video is well worth a look as she captured the essence of what we are about. October saw a fun quiz night evening held at the college. Liz Mills and her family set some great questions. Our master chefs whizzed up plat...

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Christmas Party 2019

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...

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Sorry but no riding until further notice due to the Coronavirus. Stay safe everyone.

Sadly Sam is leaving us now but the good news is he hopes to move to another local RDA group to continue his riding experience. Good Luck Sam! https://t.co/436n5Hojga RDAhopeinvalley photo

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