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 into Summer 2022

Thanks to the fantastic flexibility of all of the group’s volunteers we ran every session planned in our spring term which ended on 30th March. This was our most challenging term because of Covid, either directly affecting volunteers or their family members having the virus and so prudence dictated that they stayed away The team work has been wonderful and most importantly this has allowed o...

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2021 Christmas Party

The Christmas Party 2021 was a little quieter than we had all been used to in previous years. Happily, what it lacked in the number of attendees was more than made up for by a bigger appreciation of all the key ingredients of a fabulous party-games, awards, cake and Father Christmas-which we had missed so much last year. All of the ponies, riders and volunteers put on some festive sparkle for the afternoon and everyone enjoyed the compe...

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Our wonderful Christmas cake - made by our previous Chairman Jenny Brown - and shared by volunteers, riders and parents at our Christmas Party last Wednesday. https://t.co/uIpx7RsyNa RDAhopeinvalley photo

Congratulations Sam on your OBE.

Sorry but no riding until further notice due to the Coronavirus. Stay safe everyone.

Sadly Sam is leaving us now but the good news is he hopes to move to another local RDA group to continue his riding experience. Good Luck Sam! https://t.co/436n5Hojga RDAhopeinvalley photo

Sconaid receives our Volunteer of the Year Award at our festive Christmas Party. Very well deserved. And Thank You to all our super volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you! Happy Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/6ItaVhQKXP RDAhopeinvalley photo