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


Royal Visit

On 9th May 2018 HRH The Princess Royal visited our group at Plumpton as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.  It was such an exciting afternoon.  She arrived by helicopter and was greeted outside the arena by lots of local dignatories.  The Princess then entered the arena and met all our riders and ponies. She got involved with our Countryside Challenge demonstration by handing out letters f...

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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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2 weeks ago
Our amazing Chairman, Lesley Morrill, has completed 100 marathons in two years! What an achievement. Totally awesome Lesley. Congratulations from us all at Hope https://t.co/KHqzz5HTV2 RDAhopeinvalley photo
2 weeks ago
Last Wednesday some Trustees and our rider Toby went over to see Chrissy Wells and the lovely horse Rosie.
Chrissy with Caroline Tasker and others, organised a horse show in August (whilst some of us were in... https://t.co/GuhECiX36J
4 weeks ago
A very proud moment for our Group to be awarded the Buchan Bobby Trophy at today’s SE Region Conference. We are all thrilled and splendid timing in our 50th Anniversary year. https://t.co/DzfGzKAM6o RDAhopeinvalley photo
1 month ago
Can you believe we rode outside with all our riders today! The weather was just perfect. Riders, ponies and volunteers had such a lovely afternoon https://t.co/7eFCcDbAgX RDAhopeinvalley photo
2 months ago
Afternoon everyone!

A bit blustery but hope to see you all this afternoon, all ready for the start of our Autumn Term.