Our partnership with Ebony http://www.ebonyhorseclub.org.uk continues to develop. EHC is a riding centre based in the centre of residential estates in Brixton which teaches inner city children, including some very vulnerable young people, to ride and offers respite in their lives.
In October 2016 we sponsored Allegra’s Paddock, a much-needed piece of grazing created at Ebony, with land lent by Lambeth Council and fenced by Allegra’s Ambition. The Centre had no grass grazing previously & it provides a natural alternative to the woodchip paddock which is the only other recreational space for the ponies.
We also organise an annual day out at Herriard Park for up to 30 young people from Ebony every summer. We are brilliantly supported by Hampshire Hunt Pony club, 5 riding instructors and a host of other volunteers who donate their time & ponies for Ebony children to spend the whole day with their own pony. Ebony members enjoy riding in the huge paddocks set up for the day, a barbecue generously donated by Newlyns as well as games of rounders & football at lunchtime. It is a fantastic day true to the spirit of Allegra’s Ambition. The feedback from Ebony is very positive, and we have already set a date for the day for this year of Monday 23 July 2018.
In February, members of the Hampshire Hunt Pony Club, who help us host our annual Ebony Day in July, were invited for a reciprocal visit to Ebony’s Brixton riding centre. It was lovely to see friendships renewed and HH members really enjoyed getting to meet the Ebony ponies and see the immaculate Ebony yard.
Ebony works with local primary schools enabling 160 children a week to benefit from the powerful, life changing influence that contact with horses can bring. This year we are sponsoring one of their partner schools, Loughborough Primary School. Here is what two students think of their experience so far:
“Our experience of horse riding was very exciting! We got to groom the horses and plait their manes. We also played games whilst we rode them. We learned new things such as horses can cough and use asthma pumps and that they love to roll around in mud. The first week we were a bit shaky but as we got to learn about the horses we got more confident.’ C and A , Year 4 and 5.”