"This is a charity I can really help"
27 March 2017
Spencer Golding, owner of Home Farm Eventing, explains what compelled him to become a supporter and close friend of Ebony Horse Club
Natasha tells us what it was like meeting The Duchess of Cornwall
17 March 2017
Longstanding EHC member, Natasha, shares her experiences of playing official host to Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall when she came to visit in February, marking the start of our 21st Anniversary celebrations
Pony Racing in the spring!
16 March 2017
We head into April with nervous excitement as young riders prepare to put their training into practice as they head to Ascot Racecourse for their first ever pony racing experience
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall celebrates 21 years of horse riding for children in Brixton
16 February 2017
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.
Our first Christmas play
27 December 2016
2016 has been a fabulous year at Ebony Horse Club and came to a fitting end on December 17th with a promenade performance of our first ever Christmas play written and directed by Brixton based actress, Cerise Joseph.
Celebrating five years of horses in Brixton
26 October 2016
On Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Ebony Horse Club celebrated the 5th anniversary of its community riding centre - marking five years of horses in Brixton. It is an exciting milestone for the charity that also turns 21 at the start of next year.
26 October 2016
Khadijah, 15, is at school working towards her GCSEs. She has ambitions to study mechanical engineering at Imperial College. She lives in Peckham with her parents, brother and sister.
26 October 2016
Natasha, 18, is studying for a BSc in Equine Performance and Business Management at Writtle University College in Essex. She first came to Ebony when she was 15 and often describes how her confidence was at a low ebb.
26 October 2016
Cameron, 16, is remembered fondly for hanging around during the building of the riding centre and asking every day when he could start riding. His passion was there, despite never having sat on a horse before! He has recently begun a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Horse Care in Richmond Park for Operation Centaur. He leaves his home on the Loughborough estate at 5.10am to get to work.
26 October 2016
Jordi started riding with Ebony Horse Club at the age of nine. Riding is a family affair, with both his brother and sister also learning to ride with Ebony. Jordi’s brother has taken on managerial responsibilities at a riding centre in Lewisham and his sister is studying for a BSc in Equine Sports Performance at Plumpton College in East Sussex.
Back to school for our volunteers
Volunteer Steph Pansar provides an update on the progress of a group of fellow volunteers working towards their BHS qualifications.
Clare Balding comes to EHC to read a bedtime 'tail'
22 September 2016
TV presenter Clare Balding chose Ebony Horse Club as the perfect location to launch her new book 'The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop' and treated members to a special reading.
From Brixton to Burghley
8 September 2016
We had a fantastic weekend at the 2016 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials - enjoying all the thrills and spills of the cross country phase on the Saturday, before representing EHC at the SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride on Sunday. And two boys even came to the rescue of one rider, whose horse was finding it all a little too exciting.
Flying to new heights on the residential summer trip
13 August 2016
Our week-long residential summer trip is a much anticipated part of the summer holiday programme of activities and this year a group of riders and horses headed to East Sussex. They were treated to a lesson from former Three Day Event Rider John Smart, got to exercise the horses on the canter tracks and even got a ride in a helicopter.
You could ride at the 2016 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
22 July 2016
If you've ever dreamed of riding at the world famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials now is your chance - as Ebony Horse Club has been named as one of the three charities that will benefit from this year's event.
A day of fun and friendship with the Hampshire Hunt Pony Club thanks to Allegra's Ambition
22 July 2016
Thanks to the support received from Allegra's Ambition - a charity set up in memory of Allegra Whittome to help young people improve their lives through sport and nature, a group of young people were invited to join Hampshire Hunt Pony Club for a day of riding and friendship.
Ain’t no mountain high enough
15 July 2016
Two intrepid Brixton explorers are taking on the mountains of Iceland and Japan to raise money for EHC to help us continue providing activities and youth support for young people.
A journey to the Welsh Brecon Beacons - you can always achieve more than you think you can
8 July 2016
Our volunteer, Jane Reynolds, describes the amazing time our members experience riding out in the Welsh countryside over the Easter holidays.
Bye bye Buddy
17 May 2016
On Sunday 15 May we threw a party in honour of Buddy, our lovely Irish cob who, after five years with us, has now been retired and is off to live the life of a country gent. Buddy, affectionately known by many as “The Budster” has been a loyal, reliable and much loved member of the team. Staff, children and volunteers will all miss his kind face, gentle nature and beautiful blue eyes.
Brixton traders join up to raise money for EHC
16 December 2015
Local traders from in and around Brixton have come together to produce a special chutney to raise money for Ebony Horse Club. Brixton Crunch - a chutney that will get you chomping at the bit - is inspired by our horses' favourite treats and is on sale now.
Street cat Bob pays us a visit
5 December 2015
Ebony Horse Club welcomed one of London's most famous cats recently, when James Bowen and his amazing marmalade cat, Bob came to watch lessons. Bob and James have found international fame through their books recounting the true story of how their meeting helped James overcome his addiction.
Horsing around with words
5 December 2015
Recognising that horses are an endless source of inspiration, we ran a Crazy Creative Writing session to get the creative juices flowing and help a group of members develop their writing skills.
Limited edition bracelet to raise money for Ebony Horse Club
4 December 2015
International showjumper, Yazmin Pinchen, is auctioning a limited edition bracelet to raise money for Ebony Horse Club. The bracelet, called 'London 2012' is made from the woven tail hairs of the four horses that helped GB secure the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Blog: The role horses played in shaping the person I am today
6 November 2015
"Riding taught me how to be a responsible, hardworking and empathetic adult " To mark National Trustees Week, one of our Trustees, Shauna Leven, talks about the important role horses have played in her life
A great day at the races
During October half-term a group of members headed to Lingfield Park Racecourse in Surrey to watch a day of pony racing organised by The Pony Club. They were joined by HRH, The Princess Royal who was interested to learn of their ambition to become pony jockeys.
Blog: The importance of EHC's Championship Day
17 Oct 2015
Saturday 17 October saw our annual Championship Day, celebrating the achievements of our members over the past year. It also marked Linda, our Operations Manager's first year at EHC. She talks about why it is such an important date in the calendar.
Blog: A great day out at Brockwell Park's Fun Palaces
4 October 2015
"As if I needed any more of a reminder, the day demonstrated just how much of an impact time spent on and around the horses has on the personal development of members." Davinia Robinson, Sports Activator and Youth Worker, who joined EHC in July, talks about her first experience of taking the ponies and a group of members out into the community
EHC receives funding to offer more activities for young people
1 October 2015
We are excited to announce that we have been awarded £80,000 a year for the next three years to expand our current riding programme and introduce additional sporting activities for young people. The funding is for a project that will allow us to offer 14 year olds and over access to a range of alternative sporting activities to encourage them to adopt a more active lifestyle.
Holiday time for the horses
21 August 2015
Following a busy summer, the ponies are taking a well earned break while we prepare for the start of a new term.
EHC is on the ball when it comes to polo!
14 August 2015
This summer, members have been fortunate enough to get to grips with the fast and exciting game of Polo. Thanks to Norton Rose Fulbright, 10 young people went to Apsley Polo Club to learn more about the game and test their skills.