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


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



Lottie & Rose’s amazing performance

This year we just took one rider to Hartpury for the RDA National Championships. Lottie rode Rose on 15th July 2017 and we are delighted to announce that they won 7th place nationally which is a fantastic achievement. Many thanks as always to all the helpers who got horse and rider to Gloucestershire without incident this year, and ensured both were looking splendid on the day....

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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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Huge thanks to all the volunteers who gave up 5 days to make the Clwyd holiday just great for the children. Hard... https://t.co/mA0bR3uTIa

Putting ponies out in their field for the last time....

Last tack clean and checking over ponies after riding

Monday morning getting ponies in for their breakfast before riders went for their breakfast