Fergus on Rose from Hope in the Valley rings the bell to demonstrate the Countryside Chall Fergus on Rose from Hope in the Valley rings the bell to demonstrate the Countryside Chall

Plumpton RDA Group Demonstrates Countryside Challenge Skills for Trefoil Guild’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations at Firle Place

More than 160 members of East Sussex’s Trefoil Guild were treated to a marvellous display and presentation by young riders from Hope in the Valley Riding for the Disabled Group as part of the Guild’s 75th Anniversary celebrations at Firle Place this week.

The ‘guiding for adults’ organisation has selected to support the Countryside Challenge competition for the Riding for the Disabled nationally in this, its Diamond Jubilee year. They hope to raise more than £30,000 towards the running of the competition which tests young disabled riders’ steering, balance and confidence.

For the display, two riders, Jack and Fergus, from local, Plumpton-based, Hope in the Valley RDA Group, put their skills to the test by tackling obstacles and tasks they might find in the country. These included entering a farmyard, picking an apple from a tree and posting a letter. The competition is run at a series of Regional Qualifiers that end in the National Championships in July each year.

Lesley Morrill, Chair of Hope in the Valley RDA, said “the boys did such a good job in front of a quite large audience. It was a fantastic setting and I was very proud of them”.

Jane Steen, Chair of the East Sussex Trefoil Guild, gave the boys their letters to post and then presented them with special rosettes for their perfect display.

There are 24 Trefoil Guild Units in East Sussex with over 400 members. Every Unit was represented at Firle Place, which provided guests with an opportunity to talk to old friends, make new ones and visit the house and church which are part of the National Trust

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