HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, President of Ebony Horse Club, made an official visit to the community riding centre in Brixton, to meet the young urban riders, families and supporters marking the 21st anniversary since the charity began.
In 1996 a small group of children from the Moorlands estate in Brixton went for their first riding lesson. Twenty one years later the community riding centre teaches 400 local children and young people to ride a year.
Natasah Williams, who started learning to ride at the Brixton club aged 14 is now 19 and studying for a BSc in Equine Performance and Business Management at Writtle University College. Natasha had the honour of showing HRH The Duchess of Cornwall around the inner city club.
“It was amazing to meet The Duchess of Cornwall," she said. "Today made me realise how much she cares. She asked me about my studies and we spoke about what Ebony Horse Club has done for young people like me.”
Supported by a team of nine horses, the centre also nurtures key life skills - team work, communication, responsibility and empathy. Several members have gone on to further and higher education to pursue equine studies. A path not normally imagined for young people growing up in inner-city Brixton.
“Having our President, The Duchess of Cornwall, here marking our 21st birthday allowed our youngBrixton riders to shine," said Susan Collins, the Chair of Trustees. "The Duchess of Corwall has grown-up around horses, so understands as much as anyone the joy and value of being around horses. The charity has changed many young lives.”
Ebony Horse Club in numbers
- 1996 - the year Ebony Horse Club was founded by former Director Ros Spearing, OBE
- The community riding centre in Brixton is an Olympic legacy project and was supported by a number of funders including Sport England and the British Equestrian Federation.
- 2011 The year the community riding centre was officially opened by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
- 1,000 - the number children who have learnt to ride in Brixton since the riding centre opened.
- 9 - the number of horses at the centre used to nurture key life skills, team work, communication, responsibility and empathy.
- 400 - the number of local children and young people the club teaches to ride each year.
Ebony Horse Club is a charity which relies on the support of philanthropic individuals, companies, and organisations to make riding accessible to local children and young people.
Find out more
For information about volunteering, donating and more please visit www.ebonyhorseclub.org.uk