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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4 days ago
Hope everyone is enjoying half term..
A brief update on my 50s challenge.
I completed marathons #57 and 58 last... https://t.co/0J3TYepQzt
2 weeks ago
Polly beautifully groomed by our Roedean Students... And the lovely Burt talking to William the other side of the kick boards
4 weeks ago
Sadly no riding at Hope today because of the high winds. 😪
1 month ago
Warning! Long post - but please read....

As most of you know, this academic year we are celebrating 50 years of... https://t.co/C2BpOHNjtT
1 month ago
Warning! Long post - but please read....

As most of you know, this academic year we are celebrating 50 years of... https://t.co/zNZDAumo0z