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.
During her visit she spent time meeting young Brixton riders taking part in activities that teach them about horse welfare, grooming and riding and presented rosettes to members.
Natasah Williams, 19, who starting learning to ride at the Brixton club from the age of 14 and is now studying for a BSc in Equine Performance and Business Management at Writtle University College had the honour of showing HRH The Duchess of Cornwall around: “It was amazing to meet The Duchess of Cornwall. She definitely knows a lot about horses and it was great to share my passion with her. Ebony Horse Club is a great place to be where you can forget your problems. Everyone looked so proud and smart.”
Supported by a team of nine horses, the centre also nurtures key life skills – team work, communication, responsibility and empathy.
In 1996 a group of five children from the Moorlands estate in Brixton went for their first riding lesson. 21 years later the community riding centre teaches 400 local children and young people to ride a year.
Several members have gone on to further and higher education to pursue equine studies. Not a path normally imagined for young people growing up in inner-city Brixton.
Susan Collins, Chair of Trustees, said: “This has been a great day. Having our President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall come to visit us in Brixton has really lifted our spirits during a challenging time for local charities.”