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


Spring Term 2019

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...

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National Championships at Hartpury

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...

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3 days ago
Happy Easter everyone, from the Trustees of Hope in the Valley.
Riding starts again on Wednesday... :)
6 days ago
Sad News....

It is with sadness that I have to let everyone know a former volunteer and supporter of our group has passed away.

Lynn Flowers was a gifted sculptor, and her legacy to us is the amazing Bronze... https://t.co/vnY2WT9CwI
3 weeks ago
Many of you will have heard me say how the Group would not operate without our volunteers. However, not all volunteers operate in the arena, but are incredibly valuable to the running of Hope in the Valley. It... https://t.co/2vY95pYfQu
1 month ago
Such a rare sight..Rose with her front legs together in half! Well done Daisy for working hard with Carol to achieve this.
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
1 month ago
Unfortunately, due to the current wind speeds and the Met Office weather warnings, the Trustees have reluctantly decided to cancel riding sessions today.
These decisions are not taken lightly, but health and... https://t.co/iDOf8WZW7S