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.


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...

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RDA 2016 National Championships at Hartpury, Glos

This year four of our riders qualified for this prestigious event.  Two of our ponies were in action – Toby & Rose.  Both had an interesting experience on the journey down to the event as the clutch on the horsebox failed on the M25!  Five hours later and following closure of the M25, they were transferred to the rescue horsebox arriving safely at the event albeit much later than planned! The results of the competition are as follow...

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Sadly we have decided not to attend our Regional Challenge Day today owing to such horrid weather 😢

Competing at Hickstead today in the RDA Regional Dressage Competition! A very sunny and successful day https://t.co/uL6XVgtQts RDAhopeinvalley photo

Dressage practice for South East Regional Competition! https://t.co/PhgDnmwQ4E RDAhopeinvalley photo

A proud rider cuddling his pony after passing his Grade One Riding Proficiency Test with flying colours! https://t.co/ow0wakSY1Z RDAhopeinvalley photo