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Welcome to Fairlight Hall Riding For The Disabled

Fairlight Hall RDA was established in 2015. We are a registered charity and are proud that we are able to offer riders of all ages the ability to enjoy the hugely therapeutic benefits of being on and around horses. The demand for our services is ever increasing and we do have a waiting list currently. Our lessons run for 30 minutes and include time in our beautiful outdoor arena or hacking out in our grounds and around the sensory trail we are developing and fund raising for.  We are also able to offer Tea with a Pony sessions for those with dementia or other life long conditions. Please get in touch whether as a rider or as a volunteer.  Many thanks and we very much look forward to hearing from you.







Arthur is an 12-year-old, grey, 16.3hh Irish Draught. He is an ex-hunter. He is a gentle giant and is always attentive to the needs of his riders.


Henna has been with us since we opened six years ago. She is now 22 and is officially retired although she does do the occasional ride which she thoroughly enjoys. She is a roan, 15.1hh Belgian draft. She loves her food and spending time out in the field.


Mull is a bay, 22-year-old, 13hh Exmoor gelding who is on loan to us. He is a cheeky chap who loves to eat and chew anything in sight. He is very happy in his work and takes everything in his stride.


Bonnie is a black, 11-year-old, 12.2hh Welsh cob. We were able to buy Bonnie thanks to a generous donation from the Wellesley Charitable Foundation. She is a complete sweetheart and she adores children. She is not as experienced as Mull but she is getting more sure of herself all the time.


Amelia is a 13.3 hh Gypsy Cob.  She is the newest member of our team and is settling in well.


Sarah Kowitz DL

Melanie Willis Fleming

Diana Blackman

Roz Scott

Katie Wyatt

Juliet Burford

Tina Freedman

Sue Climpson

Working Committee

Yvonne Zackim Yard Manager
Caroline Wedmore, Tina Freedman (Trustee), Fran Tyman, Katy Train Coaches
Sue Climpson Volunteer Liaison & Admin, Trustee
Sarah Kowitz & Melanie Willis Fleming Trustees



Luckily the weather was kind for both our Art on the Trail and Ridden Games  half term events – you can see the pictures from the events on our facebook page.

Our waiting list is currently full and we have had to close it to new enquirers.  We are hoping that the situation will change in the new year by the addition of a new session each week.   For this we will need more volunteers so if you are competent around horses and able to groom, tack up and lead and you have some spare time during the week please get in touch via rda@fairlighthall.co.uk.

We are still running our Sponsor a horse or pony programme.  This has been designed to help us cover the cost of caring for our horses, if you would like to know more please visit the link below.

Sponsor a horse or pony

Taking part

We continue to see increased demand for our services and our waiting list is currently closed.

Tea with a pony

We are excited to be able to offer Tea with a Pony sessions to those with dementia or other life long conditions.  The sessions last about an hour and offer the chance to interact with the ponies, watch a lesson and have some tea and cake with us.  Bonnie loves being fussed over as you can see from the picture!

If you would like to take part please contact us at rda@fairlighthall.co.uk


Friday 15th December 

End of term

Wednesday 10th January

Term starts

For the first time the trustees are able to offer our riders bursaries. If you require financial support, please contact Sarah, skowitz@fairlighthall.co.uk or Mel, m.willisfleming@gmail.com
In December 2021 we passed our full Riding Establishment inspection with five stars.


The RDA office will be manned on Wednesdays and Fridays and we will answer emails then. To contact us please email rda@fairlighthall.co.uk or use the form below. You can also call us on 07931 617613. We always check the email and the phone for 24-hour cancellation notification.


How you can help

We are hugely grateful for any financial help we receive. Without this support we would not be able to continue our work.

You can donate via our JustGiving page below


For BACS donations our details are:

Fairlight Hall Riding For the Disabled
Account No – 29466726
Sort Code – 40 51 62

Rother Community Lottery

We are excited to announce that we are now part of Rother Community Lottery, if you would like to take part you can do so here Rother Community Lottery – Rother District Council

Thank you

We have received grants from:

  • The Francis and Eric Ford Charity Trust
  • Friends of Beckley Church
  • Mid Surrey Farmers Drag
  • Summertime Racing
  • South East Rural Charitable Trust
  • The Jempson Foundation
  • Yvonne Zackim, Di Blackman and Jenny Jury
  • RDA UK
  • Horses for Health
  • The Wellesley Charitable Foundation
  • Battle Muffin Club
  • Police Community Fund for Sussex
  • Isabel Blackman Foundation
  • Hastings Direct
  • Rother Valley Riding Club
  • The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Romney Marsh Pony Club


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