About us

Rated as a five star riding school by Dover District Council.


New to horse riding? If you haven’t visited the AVCP before we suggest you look at the ‘where we are’ page on this website for travel directions. When you arrive please report to the office. We have riding hats for riders to use for their lessons. We ask that your clothing is suitable for the weather and that you wear sturdy footwear with a small heel, comfortable trousers that not too tight or have bulky seams. Please note should the riders clothing be inappropriate the session may be cancelled.

Riding Project 2018-2019. The AVCP continues to work closely with other organisations such as Porchlight, Head start, Early Help and Preventative Services. Please contact the AVCP Office for further information.

The AVCP has launched a new project, Toddler Riding Sessions offers pony rides for 2 - 4 year olds. The new project is part of our response to the governments 'A New Strategy for an Active Nation' which identifies that only 9% of under 5's meet the UK CMO guidelines for daily physical activity for this age group. The sessions are great fun and the children are learning lots. we use our team of lovely small ponies, sessions cost £8 and last for 20 minutes. If you are interested please contact us 01304 825 292 or through our facebook page, alternatively admin@avcp.co.uk.

We are delighted and very proud to announce the success of our “Raise the Roof” campaign to establish an all-year indoor training facility for our community horse riding and carriage driving sessions, which will significantly enable us to expand the number and range of riding and other equestrian sessions that our centre runs at Mount Ararat, Abbey Road, Hougham, Dover. 

Spearheaded by Tracey Jane Crutchfield, our ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign commenced back in October 2015, rallying the community to take part in an array of fund raising events, and receiving donations from local organisations, culminating in the award of a major grant from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), managed by East Kent Local Action Group under the auspices of Kent County Council. 

We have also been fortunate to receive essential help from The Pack Family Fund and also The Kent Community Foundation, who through their Kent Big Society Fund ensured that the significant funding timetable for this major project has been fully underwritten.


2015 sees the completion of a new stable yard, with a wheelchair accessible concrete yard the new stables are designed to be used by participants of all abilities. The trustees wish to thank the Wooden Spoon Charity for the funding support given which has enabled this valuable new facility to be built. The yard is to be used for horse care sessions for disabled and disadvantaged children.


The Alkham Valley Community Project and Therapeutic Riding Centre is a registered charity providing:

a) Therapeutic activities for disabled and disadvantaged adults and children to promote their health and wellbeing. 

b) Community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities to learn skills related to horse riding carriage driving and horticulture.

c)Promoting the obects of the Riding for the Disabled Association including carriage driving (charity number 244108)

Activity sessions run from a 40 acre site in the Alkham Valley between Folkestone and Dover in Kent. The trustees of the AVCP follow the philosophy that being out in the countryside, enjoying nature, taking part in sport, being active, exercising, learning and achieving is beneficial to all.

Strategic Objectives

  • Access to rural environment improved for people with physical and learning disabilities, young people, children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, adults with mental health illness, carers and other groups who are vulnerable or hard to reach.
  • Access to equine sports for disabled and disadvantaged adults and children
  • Health and well-being of participants improved through physical activity, community involvement and learning.
  • Self-esteem and confidence of participants improved through achievements during riding and driving sessions, taking part in educational courses and training and taking part in competitions and training camps.
  • Vocational skills gained by staff, volunteers and participants through attending educational courses and training and also work experience placements at the project. Future prospects of further training or employment in this field increased.
  • Lifeskills and social skills of volunteers and participants developed through involvement in the activities and opportunities run by the project such as working with others and as part of a team.
  • Communication through all aspects of the project is key and improvements in this area can be seen in particular with riding and carriage driving for individuals with disabilities.
  • Individual achievements for completing training and qualifications

Upcoming Events

  1. Pudsey Riding Project continues until 2021

    Nov 30
    The AVCP is pleased to announce that the charity has recieved a further three years of funding. This funding subsidies session costs for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people. Please contact the office if you would like any further infomation. admin@avcp.co.uk 01303 825 292

Carriage driving gives me a wonderful feeling of freedom.

— Steven Holland

Thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and comfortable.

— Amanda Brinkley