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Hope in the Valley

Riding for the Disabled Group

Riders

"I like dressage practices as they are different and in competitions I like the surprise of where I have come."

Lottie, Peacehaven

Volunteers

"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

Parent

"Nancy has blossomed in her riding ability and confidence since joining the Group. The volunteers’ commitment and care is truly humbling."

Tracey, Brighton

Welcome

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.

News

RDA South East Regional Conference – 12th October 201

Several of our volunteers attended this conference held at Crawley Down to hear interesting and inspirational speakers.  Sophie Christiansen OBE, our paralympic Gold medalist was clearly the highlight – what an amazing lady! Lesley Morrill, our Chairman, was presented with a wonderful bouquet of flowers to mark her retirement as the East Sussex County Instructor – a position she has held for about...

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Events

RDA 2016 National Championships at Hartpury, Glos

This year four of our riders qualified for this prestigious event.  Two of our ponies were in action – Toby & Rose.  Both had an interesting experience on the journey down to the event as the clutch on the horsebox failed on the M25!  Five hours later and following closure of the M25, they were transferred to the rescue horsebox arriving safely at the event albeit much later than planned! The results of the competition are as follow...

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Caroline Dorling receives our Volunteer of the Year Award today. Caroline is our amazing Volunteer coordinator. https://t.co/ujWvBZVbPv RDAhopeinvalley photo

Thank you Rotary Club of Lewes for generous donation! https://t.co/w6cJv9myLz RDAhopeinvalley photo

Lesley Morrill with Sophie Christianson Gold Medallist on her retirement as East Sussex County Coach https://t.co/difyPOrbWu RDAhopeinvalley photo

Lesley with Sophie Christianson on her retirement as East Sussex County Coach at SE Regional Conference today! https://t.co/bglHpwVbPm RDAhopeinvalley photo