About Ebony Horse Club

A community riding centre in Brixton, South London, improving the education and aspirations of young people through horses.

Why Ebony Horse Club?

Ebony Horse Club operates in Coldharbour Ward, Brixton - one of the most disadvantaged inner city neighbourhoods in the country. There is a historic legacy of under-achievement in schools, high rates of teenage pregnancy and negative stereotypes of young people, gang violence and drug related crime.  

Difficulty in entering the labour market results in high rates of unemployment and low aspirations amongst certain groups. This is all compounded by high rates of ill health amongst the population such as diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, mental and physical disabilities and other chronic conditions. 

 Young people living in this environment have little or no positive contact with animals, especially horses. They miss out on the opportunity to experience the enjoyment and sense of achievement that can be gained by learning to ride.  

Ebony Horse Club provides the opportunity to think and gain new experiences outside the box of negative stereotypes - and to benefit from the powerful, life-changing influence that contact with horses can bring. 

We offer much more than riding lessons, mentoring children who experience significant challenges at school and at home - challenges that can profoundly affect their ability to achieve later in life.

Through the support and experiences members have at Ebony, all are encouraged to exceed their own expectations, and many are inspired to go on to college, university or horse-related careers.

 Our Community Riding Centre

Sandwiched between tower blocks and a railway line, in a corner plot of  Wyck Gardens, a small recreation park, Ebony Horse Club provides: 

  • Stabling for nine horses, a floodlit ménage for riding, turn out paddock and classroom facilities for horse care classes and mentoring.
  • Access to horses for over 160 inner city children and young people per week.
  • Full integration for young people with special needs and disabilities taking part in our activities. 

History

1996

As part of the Accra Youth and Football Club, Ros Spearing takes 5 children from the Moorlands Estate, Brixton, to Wormwood Scrubs Riding Centre

1998

An after-school club of 20 children meets once a fortnight for riding and horse care lessons

First all-day visit to Willow Tree Riding Stables, Lewisham

First residential riding holiday to Wales for 8 children

2002

Ros Spearing leaves the Accra Youth Club to concentrate on riding - at Ebony Horse Club

2003

Feasibility Study for Riding Centre

2006

Planning permission granted for Community Riding Centre at Wyck Grades, Millbrook Road, Brixton

Ebony Horse Club becomes a registered charity and also a Public Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a Memorandum of Articles of Association. Overall strategy and planning is supported by a small and dedicated team of professionals and volunteers

2007

Nathan Foster, an Ebony Horse Club member, is tragically murdered.  His life had been transformed by horses and horse riding and the nationwide publicity received shone a light on the benefits of Ebony Horse Club

2010

The Club grows from 5 to 46 members

2011

The Community Riding Centre is opened by our Royal President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

2013

We have 79 active members with up to 140 young people visiting the centre per week