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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Countryside Challenge Competition, Felbridge Showground; 1st May 2018

Deian competed in the SE Regional round of the Countryside Challenge competition today. He rode very well and received a score of 81.5% – sadly he didn’t qualify for the National Championships as he was placed 4th and you need to be in the top two to qualify. This was the only event that went ahead at Felbridge – all the other classes (except Fancy Dress) were cancelled as the fields were waterlogged after the incessant rain...

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1 week ago
Nice easy day yesterday.... We all went for walk around college grounds. But we were able to present Nancy and Toby with their rosette and trophy respectively, from Hickstead. https://t.co/bkpXY7LVAl
3 weeks ago
This time last week we were all getting ready for dressage at Hickstead.
Rather belatedly, here are the results of our amazing riders.

Unled - Walk Only - National Qualifier

1st. William on Rose. 65%

Led... https://t.co/Gd4gptxh2i
1 month ago
What a fabulous afternoon we all had yesterday.
Here is a sample of photos taken... Children receiving a rosette, Rosie receiving her rosette, and HRH presenting me with a trophy for completing my challenge of... https://t.co/xHCKbSkkyu
1 month ago
HRH The Princess Royal visits Hope in the Valley as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. We’ve had a wonderful afternoon! https://t.co/8wAuUPA2HW RDAhopeinvalley photo
1 month ago
Today is our special 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Rose is bathed .. white socks now white and without grass stains. So she is ready to party!

Huge thanks to our sandwich sponsors - the Foggs and Sharon... https://t.co/WdOPFu262Y