Para Dressage Rider and DBF Ambassador, Mari Akhurst, currently mentors 2 young riders and is now looking for 2 more mentees to add to her team.

This is a great opportunity as I can’t imagine you’d find a more inspiring, supportive or harder working mentor than Mari, an opinion borne out by the accolade at the bottom of the post.

Read on for more information from Mari.


Fantastic opportunity……………. A chance to join my team as a mentee 😊

I am on the World Class Podium Potential Programme. I started riding with the RDA, then when I was eleven I got talent spotted and the rest is history. I currently mentee two young para riders who one day want to follow in my footsteps. I am also an Ambassador for two super charities and an Ambassador for Just Strong and a public speaker (motivational/inspirational).

I am a European Team Silver Medalist, I am striving towards selection for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and going for gold! I still have the same goal just a slightly different end date!

I thought with a lot of us all stuck inside this would give everyone something to do. I am in a position to be able to take on two more mentees.

What I would offer:
– Skype/Facetime sessions every other month
– Support at competitions (depending on locations)
– General advice
– Goal setting
– Training tips
– A chance to appear on my social media pages monthly

And so much more.

How to apply? Tell me about yourself and your horses. Why you would like to join my team and what qualities you think you could bring to the team in no more than 400 words or a video sent to this inbox. If you have any questions or problems submitting your entry, please do not hesitate to contact me. Applications close 30th May 2020.

A glowing commendation from the mother of Elan, one of Mari’s young mentees: “Mari has been a valuable and positive mentor for Elan. Having a head strong dressage crazy 10 year old girl with quad cerebral palsy with millions of questions and thirst for feedback Mari is always on hand to offer support and guidance. No question has been too much for Mari and her knowledge helping us; we are very grateful. We feel we’ve known Mari for years! Mari will be a great guidance to Elan moving into para when old enough. She is in great hands. Thank you, Mari!


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To see more and to apply, please visit Mari’s Facebook Page