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A brief history of WSPC

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

You are invited to travel a jouney that will take you through highlights of the past and into a positive future at Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.



1989

3 small ponies, a great number of problems and difficulties, including the 1989 great storm.


1990

The first stables were built by local volunteers and The Centre became an approved BHS riding school and Riding for the Disabled centre.


1992

Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre is invited to become part of the Pony Club.


1994

In 72 hours, through the Challenge Anneka TV programme, the facilities were greatly improved with the building of an indoor arena.


1995

The first 'Horse in Harmony' Charity Concert was held in the new arena.


1999

The Pony Centre celebrates its 10th Anniversary and her HRH The Princess Royal came to the celebration day.


2002

The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre is asked to perform for HM The Queen as part of her Golden Jubilee at Bushy Park. Lucian Freud visits The Centre for the first time to gain inspiration for his art works.


2021

The Olympics were held in London and Sister Mary Joy was invited to carry the Olympic torch on one of the last legs of its journey.

The Caravan of Hope arrived at Wormwood Scrubs.


2014

The 25th Anniversary includes a Dancing White Horses Display & Tea Party hosted by the Worshipful Company of Loriners. HRH the Princess Royal presented Loriner Medals to riders.


2015

The charity receives the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Martin Clunes OBE becomes our patron. Clare Balding opens the Kilcline Stable Yard Classroom which looks into the arena.

2016

40 Children carry out a series of emergency drill exercises in front of HRH the Princess Royal and senior Fire Officers from London Fire Brigade & East Sussex Fire & Rescue.


2019

The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre celebrated its 30th anniversary as a little oasis in West London, enabling children to have the opportunity of having fun & developing life skills. As part of the 30 year anniversary celebration, the charity auctioned a sketch of one of its own horses 'Goldie' donated to the charity by Lucian Freud.




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