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.
Thankfully we recommenced riding on Wednesday 25th February after a half term break which started a week earlier for us because of equine flu. We have taken the equine flu outbreak seriously as the illness can have a severe impact on our horses and without them we would not be able to do what we all enjoy doing. All our ponies are inoculated thanks to the sponsorship of the vaccine provider and RD...Read More
After a cool beginning to the weekend, things warmed up and riders and ground crew were very pleased to be told they could go without jackets on the first afternoon of the National Championships. Toby and Toby came 9th and William with Rose 13th out of a class of 21 which was a very respectable result in such a large class. On the Sunday Rose was an absolute gem, and even when William had tack issues neither panicked and the test was c...Read More
Such a rare sight..Rose with her front legs together in half! Well done Daisy for working hard with Carol to achieve this.— RDAHopeintheValley (@RDAhopeinvalley) March 21, 2019
And good work from the team Will,Polly and Juliet.
Lots of good riding all afternoon, with fun thrown in doing some Countryside... https://t.co/UPWoIn6oMQ
Unfortunately, due to the current wind speeds and the Met Office weather warnings, the Trustees have reluctantly decided to cancel riding sessions today.— RDAHopeintheValley (@RDAhopeinvalley) March 13, 2019
These decisions are not taken lightly, but health and... https://t.co/iDOf8WZW7S
What a difference in the weather... last week we were in sunshine, and this week, all rather blustery.— RDAHopeintheValley (@RDAhopeinvalley) March 8, 2019
However, some excellent riding across all sessions, but especially from William on Polly with his trot... https://t.co/BrnpZbVGYe
What extraordinary weather! We made the most of the strong sunshine and rode along the college tracks. pic.twitter.com/XaJUhQ0zoa— RDAHopeintheValley (@RDAhopeinvalley) February 27, 2019
I hope you all had a lovely Half Term, making the most of the wonderful weather.— RDAHopeintheValley (@RDAhopeinvalley) February 27, 2019
I look forward to seeing everyone later. Lesley