A new project for 2016
SLL’s 2016 project will repeat our tried and tested concepts; we will be working with a greater number of young people, and developing new perspectives and valuable skills.
Our biggest challenge for 2016 is to integrate disabled participants into our journey with provision for a disabled driver as well as a disabled rider. In 2012 we purchased the two horse-drawn carriages used in the project. In 2016 we will be constructing them ourselves, using apprenticeships for the young people at a centre for further education.
Because we have many Breton links through our French registered office, our draft horses next time will be ‘Traits Breton’. Characteristics of the breed are strength and endurance. Training the horses to harness will also be part of the apprenticeship scheme for the young people.
We look forward to your support!
Rita (donated in 2012) at the Royal Windsor Horse Show
Rita, the Comtoise, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on 15 May 2014. Her driver has severe disabilities and they came 4th in their class, with the yellow ribbon to prove it. Our great thanks to Linda from Stella Hancock, herself disabled and who also drives Rita, for the photos. HRH, the Duke of Edinburgh, was very impressed by Rita and her dexterity and speed round the cones, given her large size, and it was he who awarded the yellow rosette!!
When dreams come true… Camargue to London
SLL 2012 Caravan of Hope
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The promotional video for the SLL Caravan of Hope 2012.
Route for the 2012 Caravan of Hope
The SLL White Horses charity is a Franco-British registered charity with humanitarian, social and environmentally conscious aims.
SLL selects horses from the Camargue in southern France from where they are ridden across France and England by a team including disadvantaged youngsters and are finally, after this long 6 month journey of 1800 kms and 85 overnight stops, donated to Riding for the Disabled centres in England and France.
With the experience of the 2005 and 2008 projects, the SLL 2012 Caravan of Hope once again unites young people and horses in aid of children and adults with disabilities.
Team photo 19 August 2012
In Brittany, receptions in Elven 28 July and Vannes 30 July 2012
Key dates of the successfully completed 2012 project the Caravan of Hope
Departure from the Camargue, south of France – 10 May 2012
Brittany : receptions at Elven and Vannes – 28 & 30 July 2012
Central London – 25 September – 3 October 2012
RDA reception at Wormwood Scrubs Pony Club – Friday 28 September 2012
Reception at French Institute London – Saturday 29 September 2012
01 October 2012 – RDA Centres collect their horses
02 October 2012 – young French and young English leave London for home
October/November – donations of horses to centres in France
The Caravan of Hope in central London – at the end of an epic journey (photos by Ki Price)
Full reports on the Caravan of Hope and more photos:
http://whitehorsescharity.blogspot.com (English blog)
http://fred-sllassoc.skyrock.com/ (French blog)
A huge thank you from SLL to everyone who participated in or supported the project!
Horses and young people
unite for children and adults
They need your help!
Gerard Naprous – Stunt co-ordinator
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor – French televison presenter