President & Patrons
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."
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."
ITV Racing presenter
"Having seen first hand the superb work that David and all the team do at Ebony it became apparent very quickly that this was a really special place. The club has a monumental impact on the lives of young men and women from the inner city of London and that should not be underestimated. Through the relationship with horses these young men and women are able to learn so many important characteristics such as respect, discipline, kindness, team spirit and community - many aspects of life that those more fortunate take for granted. In the case of a lot of the young riders that I met when I visited Ebony it was clear that this centre has given them a second family and given them a real sense of purpose. It was genuinely incredibly moving and had a huge impact on my own outlook towards life. To be asked to be a patron is a tremendous honour, one which I am incredibly proud of and I will do as much as I can to help this wonderful organisation. I have a strong feeling that I will learn more from the children then they will from me - in many ways, that is the beauty of Ebony. Everyone is in it together."