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


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.


RDA National Championships at Hartpury

After a somewhat eventful trip to Gloucestershire which included closure of both sides of the M25 so that our ponies could be transferred from our broken horsebox to a rescue vehicle, we had a very successful weekend. Here are the results: Lottie/Rose – 12th Dressage 63.88% and 12th Junior Best Turned Out Nancy/Toby –2nd Junior Countryside Challenge Led Only; 2nd Junior Combined Training (Dr...

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2015 Christmas Party

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,...

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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

Let's hope we raise lots of money at the Burgess Hill Bonfire Parade! https://t.co/XCIlGMjRTu RDAhopeinvalley photo