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.
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...Read More
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...Read More
Saturday .... We had a 'bubbles' incident with the washing machine at lunchtime, so it seemed appropriate (or ironic) that the volunteers went to the Sunlight Soap museum in the afternoon...... Followed by curry back at base.— RDAHopeintheValley (@RDAhopeinvalley) August 19, 2018