Stables demolished in late 1970s
The first photograph here is of my sister leaving the Riding Stables at Portslade Old Village in the early 1960s. I think the horse was called ‘Champ’, who lived to a very ripe old age. The stables were run by Mick Ayling, and I think that they were pulled down for development in the late 1970s.
Grazing on the Downs
My sister and I learnt to ride there and then helped out for many years taking the ponies up to the Downs each evening for grazing, and bringing them down in a string each morning. Most of the ponies were ridden up to the Forge at the top of the hill to see the blacksmith as the service wasn’t mobile then.