HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
President of Ebony Horse Club
"As the proud President of Ebony Horse Club, I am hugely impressed by its work with young people in one of London's most deprived inner city areas. Learning to ride takes a lot of courage, patience and determination and it allows children to discover inner strengths they never knew they had and, even more importantly, improves their self-confidence. I hope many more children will have the chance to learn to ride with the help of everyone at Ebony Horse Club."
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, a keen rider, first visited Ebony Horse Club on the occasion of our Annual Awards Ceremony in September 2008. We are hugely honoured that Her Royal Highness became our President in April 2009. The following year The Duchess held a reception at Clarence House for supporters of the Ebony Community Riding Centre, which she opened in October 2011. HRH has met children from Ebony Horse Club on several occasions including at the London 2012 Olympics Eventing Test trials in July 2011 and the London International Horse Show at Olympia in December 2012, when Ebony Horse Club was nominated Charity of the Year.
Senior Correspondent, ITV News, London
"I am so proud to be a Patron of Ebony Horse Riding Club. It may be a small charity but its impact on youngsters in the local community is immeasurable. The difference the contact with horses makes to each and every child is an absolute pleasure to witness. The look of satisfaction on the children's faces as they are riding; the discipline and self-respect they attain, and the contact with people and places they would never otherwise come into contact with, is what makes Ebony such a unique and special place."
Valerie Shawcross, CBE
Member of London Assembly for Lambeth & Southwark
"I am hugely proud to be a patron of Ebony, which is a truly special charity offering unique opportunities and experiences to young people from the heart of my constituency. Often the children and teenagers who attend the club are from disadvantaged backgrounds and if it weren’t for Ebony would never have the opportunity to learn about horses, riding or animal care – indeed may not have the opportunity to spend time outdoors with animals at all. I know a number of young members have later returned as volunteers, learned a great deal and had a wonderful time. Ebony does great things for the communities I represent and it’s an honour for me to support the club."
Former member of Great Britain Eventing Team
"I am very pleased to be a Patron of Ebony Horse Club. It has transformed the lives of so many youngsters in Brixton and nearby areas, and has involved much of the community in a good and positive way.I have always enjoyed working with and helping young people. They have such open minds! They are soaking up the discipline, courage, attention to detail and care of another living creature required like sponges, and have changed and bettered their lives, attitudes and chances as a result of their involvement with Ebony. It is hugely rewarding to feel you are helping to make a difference and giving some young people the chances and choices they deserve."