• Elizabeth Archer

How horse power is saving inner city kids from hate

As I sat astride an enormous brown horse, he broke into a trot. "That's it, hold the reins like you would a teacup," the trainer called out encouragingly.

It is a scene that wouldn't be out of place in some rural idyll in the home counties. But, in fact, I couldn't be further away from the tweed-and-red-trouser set.

I'm in Brixton, in inner-city south London, one of the most deprived areas in the capital and, indeed, the country.

With high-rise tower blocks soaring overheard, and trains rattling past, it's the last place you'd expect to find stables.

But past the boarded-up shops, takeaways and a pub that has been converted into a job centre, is a small park.

And nestled on it is the Ebony Horse Club - a charity which teaches disadvantaged youngsters how to ride.

It is thanks to them that Khadijah Mellah, the first ever British Muslim woman jockey, won the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood Races on Ladies' Day last month.

Here's the feature I wrote for the Daily Express.



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