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.
Jen Watham joined Hope in the Valley in 2012. She was at the time doing some research for her PhD in Animal Psychology and used some of our ponies for her research. Whilst she was with us she qualified as a Group Instructor and went on to make a valuable contribution to the group. We were of course disappointed when her life took her out of the area and she has been missed. Just recently however we have been delighted to hear that she...Read More
On 09 December 2015 our riders all enjoyed attending our Christmas Party. There were festive gymkhana games (Christmas Corners, Cracker Relays, etc) to the backdrop of Christmas carols and songs. The riders took part in our annual ‘Best Festive Decorated Hat’ competition and Santa made an appearance bearing gifts for all the riders. Our wonderful ponies and volunteers dressed appropriately for the afternoon – we had reindeers,...Read More