Access and Excellence since 1996
President: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
We can't quite believe it, but Ebony Horse Club is going to be the official charity of the year at Olympia, London International Horse Show in December 2012! The world famous equestrian calendar highlight of the year will run from 17 - 23 December with a special charity day for Ebony on Wednesday, 19 December. For further information about Olympia and its fantastic programme please click on the link here (http://www.olympiahorseshow.com/)
Our main activity at Olympia will be to provide volunteers to run the Shop and Drop stall outside the main arena. All proceeds raised from the Shop and Drop will go to supporting our work. We've been told that about 70 volunteers over the week is ideal, which is a lot of volunteers! If you would like to give a couple of hours and help, please call 020 7738 3478.
We're very proud to announce that after her 17 years of devotion and commitment to young people in the community, Ros Spearing, Director of Ebony Horse Club, has been recognised for her community work in the Queen's 2012 Birthday Honours List, by being awarded an MBE.
Ros has said: "On the occasion of being awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the many people who have contributed over the years to make Ebony what it is today. I have accepted this award on behalf of everyone who has helped make the dream a reality. At this time I would also like to remember and thank Derek Accra, Sophia Williams, Nathan Foster and Cassandra Jardine who all played crucial roles in the development of the club and who have sadly passed away. We currently have 120 Brixton children riding a week and this is set to continue rising over the next year. In September four young people will be studying their BTECs in Horse care at Plumpton College, East Sussex. We have well and truly put Brixton on the map for horse riding !"
The new community riding centre welcomed its President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who officially opened the riding centre on Wednesday, 26 October. It was half- term which meant our young people were able to give a riding demonstration which our Patron, Charlotte Steel, helped put together. The Duchess of Cornwall also unveiled an opening plaque commemorating the opening and cut a cake, which was quickly demolished after the ceremony! Many of our supporters and friends were able to attend and despite a wet autumnal day, it was a very happy day which marked the culmination of eight years of planning.
Due to the riots in London, we had to delay the arrival of our new
residents. Nevertheless, once things had calmed down, a decision was
made to get ready the stables for three of our horses which arrived
on Thursday, 11 August.
Now all horses have arrived, our most experienced young riders are spending their summer holidays mucking out, cleaning tack, having riding lessons and keeping an eye on each horse to make sure that they're settling well into their new homes.
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