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


Slogan for our 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Congratulations to Toby Skerman who was chosen as the winner of our 50th anniversary slogan competition out of thirty entries. Toby came up with the brilliant slogan “Recognising the Ability in Disability”. The photo shows Toby  with Dobby the dachund, his assistance dog-in-training. Dobby is there for Toby, helping him with his breathing which helps him to sleep and be calm....

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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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2 days ago
Dressage Practice starts today, courtesy of Melanie And Paul at Chailey...
Wonderful weather to meet up on a Saturday afternoon...
3 days ago
I hope you all had a lovely Easter, and that the Easter Bunny visited...
What a great start to the Summer Term. The weather was glorious, and there was excellent riding around the Countryside Challenge equipment. Just two weeks until competition day!
1 month ago
Last riding of the Spring Term... How the.time flies by...
And it was time for us to say goodbye and good luck... https://t.co/3T8Ea9R0Jt
1 month ago
Jack wins our Decorated Easter Bunny Competition! Today is our last riding session before Easter. Happy Easter from all of us at Hope in the Valley https://t.co/7U2tIOyv2Y RDAhopeinvalley photo
2 months ago
Icy cold temperatures and snow have meant the cancellation of tomorrow's riding sessions at Plumpton College....... https://t.co/3N5XBagyIc