Queen and Duchess visit Brixton riding club

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Media captionThe Duchess has supported Ebony Horse Club since it was established in 1996

The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall have visited a riding club in south London.

The Duchess invited the Queen to the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton where they were given a tour of the facilities.

The community riding centre is a cause which the Duchess of Cornwall has supported for a number of years.

The royal visitors watched a display in which young riders trotted around a parade ring and jumped over small fences.

Image caption Members of the club showed the Queen around

They were also introduced to Buddy, an 11-year-old Irish cob.

Thirteen-year-old Cameron Chapman, who volunteers at the club, said: "The Duchess said that Buddy was already her favourite and was a good boy with a good temperament."

The centre was created in 1996 to give disadvantaged children and teenagers access to horses and riding.

One of the club's volunteers was killed in 2007. Nathan Foster, 18, was shot after a teenager blamed him for the theft of his gold chain.

Nathan's sister Shanelle Foster, 26, learnt to ride at the club and is also now a volunteer. She spoke to the Queen who told her it was a "a very unusual place but a good idea".

"What makes horses different is horses don't know your story or your experience," Shanelle said.

"You get on a horse and you have to concentrate - if you don't, you will either fall off or lose control.

"For other children who haven't been brought up in a stable environment, horses give you stability."

The Duchess, who is president of the club, opened the charity's new centre in Brixton two years ago.

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