Volunteer Your Pony
Most of the ponies used by the Group are loaned to us by their owners. If you have a pony which may be suitable for RDA use, please contact us.
We are always keen to recruit new ponies.
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Born 1997, 14hh chestnut New Forest pony belonging to Emily Escott has been on loan to the group for some years now. She lives with Heineken and Polly.
Rose has a bit of a split personality; she is sweet and reliable to ride, very rarely putting a foot wrong and has won heaps of rosettes for our riders but she can be a little mareish and does not like other ponies very much (especially Polly!)
UNLESS they are tall dark and handsome and totally out of her league!
Born 1998, 14hh grey New Forest pony is on loan to the group from Margaret Fogg’s daughter Hannah. In a previous life Toby shared a field with Barty, but he is altogether more civilised in the manners department. Before he came to us Toby had a go at most things with Hannah and was particularly successful showing. He is mostly a very cool dude who manages to look smooth working just as hard as he needs to.
Always immaculately turned out, Toby has been particularly successful for our riders in regional and national competitions.
Born 1992, 11.2hh dun Welsh pony comes with her owner Jules Sowerby (and Bacardi) most Wednesdays for the early part of the afternoon.
Cinders was destined for the meat market when her previous owner took her on. She really is an absolute angel and (according to Barty) the prettiest pony on the planet.
Outside of RDA, Cinders and her young rider Martha take part in lots of pony club activities and we are told she is particularly good at games.
Born 2002, 13hh Haflinger mare belongs to one of Lesley’s clients. She is an excellent weight carrier and has a particularly fast walk combined with a slow trot which makes her popular with leaders. Despite the fact that she has fairly limited experience Polly, has taken really well to RDA work and we are very grateful to Lesley for bringing her and her owner for loaning her.
Born 1991, 13.3hh grey Highland pony has been owned by the group since 1999. He is our most experienced RDA pony and as such comes into his own working with our more nervous and wobbly riders. Off lead he is safe and reliable but not always easy; Heineken has strong opinions o
Born in 1997, Rosie is a 20 year old 15.2 black Cob mare who lives at South Brockwells Farm, Isfield. She is very kindly loaned to us by Mo Elmsley. Rosie has done a bit of everything in her time and has impeccable school manners. She is extremely patient with some of our more challenging riders but she is a lady who knows her own mind and will politely make her feelings very clear at times.
Born in 2011, Ru is a 13.2 Piebald ‘Gypsy’ Cob. Having been rescued from neglect, he now has a permanent home with Chrissy Well at South Brockwells Farm. For such a young pony, Ru has an amazingly calm personality and has taken to RDA work brilliantly. He has become a real favourite with riders and leaders.
Born in 2006, Jaspar is a bay 14hh New Forest pony who is also owned by Chrissy. Although he has a calm and reliable disposition, Jaspar is quite forward going and so best suited to remaining on the lead rein apart from when Chrissy takes him hunting!
Pinto is a skewbald who belongs to Jules Sowerby and has previously worked in a riding school. He is a real confidence-giver; cool, calm and collected.
Domino; look out for the spots! Dom is a very pretty little dark bay Dartmoor, approximately 12 hh pony who belongs to Vicky Breen. Domino is in his 20s, is unflappable and knows his job.
Whisky is a rather fine 12hh roan Welsh type who belongs to Jane Cook. Another oldie who knows his job and continues to give pleasure.
Jack is another Golden Oldie; a 13 hand bay New Forest who lives with Ginny Freeman in Dallington. Jack has wonderful manners and it has been lovely to see him back at Plumpton.
Born 1991, 13.3hh grey Highland pony has been owned by the group since 1999. He is our most experienced RDA pony and as such comes into his own working with our more nervous and wobbly riders. Off lead he is safe and reliable but not always easy; Heineken has strong opinions on how he should be ridden.
Heineken has been with Hope in the Valley for many years but was recently diagnosed with cataracts. He has been much loved by many of our riders so we have kept him featured on this page.