Royals Welcomed


PRESS RELEASE                                                  

HM The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Ebony Horse Club in Brixton

Tuesday 29 November 11:00hrs: Young people from South London’s pioneering horse riding charity, Ebony Horse Club, welcomed The Queen and Ebony’s President, The Duchess of Cornwall to Ebony Horse Club which has brought horse riding to the doorstep of some of London’s most disadvantaged young people and helped to improve their life skills, education and aspirations.

Ros Spearing, Founder & Director Ebony Horse Club said:

“It was wonderful to have The Queen together with our President visit our Club to see how our young riders develop valuable life skills through horse riding and associated disciplines. Ebony has been working with young people from the community here in Brixton for almost 18 years to find social and educational solutions that benefit both the young people and the community. We were excited to have an opportunity to show Her Majesty examples of how we work.”

After seven years of planning, preparation and fundraising, Ebony was thrilled to open the doors of its new riding centre in 2011. Being able to ride and look after horses can change lives and Ebony is now able to reach three times as many city children. The community riding centre is for use by community groups and schools as well as individuals. Children of all abilities including those with special needs or disabilities are catered for.


For more information on Ebony Horse Club and interviews with spokespeople please contact: or call Colleen on +44 (0)7946 155 321.

Notes for editors

  • Ebony Horse Club established in 1996 aims to improve the life skills, education and aspirations of disadvantaged children and young people growing up in deprived communities in Brixton and originally focused on the Coldharbour Ward in London.
  • The Club offers access to horse riding, outdoor activities and mentoring.
  • Since its inception Ebony has reached hundreds of marginalised and disadvantaged children and young people between the ages of eight to nineteen
  • Ebony works alongside schools, police, youth workers and Lambeth Council
  • Ebony provides intensive mentoring for children and young people experiencing overcrowding, exclusion, gang involvement, youth offending, emotional and behavioural difficulties, special educational needs, bereavement, long- term illness, children as carers, parental drug and alcohol abuse and family breakdown.
  • Horses and learning to ride teaches social skills which can be transferred to other areas of the members lives.


 Please see below for media coverage of the visit