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


Winter news

After last week’s wintry conditions we are hoping for no further interruptions in the run-up to the half term break even though some of our ponies and riders may be disappointed if there is no more snow! This term our younger riders have been making great improvements in sitting with minimal support whilst our older riders are all making tremendous progress improving their trotting. Multi-co...

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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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1 week ago
The Trustees have the huge privilege of announcing that Margaret Fogg is to be awarded the President's Award (date yet to be confirmed).
This is the highest award given out to... https://t.co/6UA13P29Ek
2 weeks ago
Sadly no RDA this week as Plumpton College are not allowing any horses on to the college grounds because of the Equine Flu outbreak in the racing world. See you after half term on 27th Feb providing the restrictions have been lifted
2 weeks ago
Due to the current outbreak of Equine Influenza (primarily in the racing industry), Plumpton College are not allowing movement of horses onto the college grounds.
Therefore, there will be no RDA this week, and... https://t.co/69KjwQdayW
3 weeks ago
Rose enjoying the snow last Wednesday. Let's hope that the snow and ice has gone by this Wednesday! https://t.co/fW9ys3dm7c
3 weeks ago
Sadly we have cancelled riding today. Don’t want to risk transport and handling of ponies in the snow and ice.