The project “White Horses 2008” was conceived and organised by the charity association SLL, to help and encourage children and adults with disabilities and special needs through therapeutic contact with horses. The ride was in the same spirit as the 2005 Project, but this time with 10 horses being ridden across France and England by young people chosen by The Prince’s Trust and by La Sauvegarde 56 in France, accompanied by supervisory riders and a back-up team. The horses were then donated to riding centres in Brittany and Eastern England where they were trained for work with handicapped people.

The ride began on 5 May 2008 from the Mas de la Cure near Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue, with a reception hosted by the Association de la Maison du Cheval Camargue. The caravan made its way across France towards Brittany to be greeted in the towns of Vannes and Lorient in August 2008.

Not every day was fine!

Donations of the horses to the centres in Brittany took place in late August & early September 2008. The SLL team then rode on to a Channel port with the remaining horses.

On arrival in London the caravan was received by the Household Cavalry, which has a regimental association with the French Garde Republicaine. A blessing took place on the last Sunday of September 2008 at St Mark’s Church, Regent’s Park/Primrose Hill, London, by the Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt. Revd. Peter Wheatley.

The horses were donated to the RDA centres in October 2008.

Reports of their activities can be found on our page about The Horses, and on our Facebook page. Pictures of the ride can be found in our Photo Gallery. You can also read some reports from The Riders about how the project White Horses 2008 changed their lives.

Follow the trip through these documents:

From May the 5th to June the 16th
From June the 17th to July the 9th

From July the 10th to October the 17th