We’ve received news from several of our our lovely Bader Grant Recipients, which I’ve been waiting to add to our smart new website.
Here is an exciting 2023 update from Mari Akhurst, Para Dressage Rider
Bader Grant recipient and DBF Ambassador, Mari, who has cerebral palsy, has been achieving great things in the world of para dressage with her beautiful horses. First was her extraordinarily successful partnership with Sky O’Hara, who had been kindly loaned to her by owner, Glesni Owen. This venerable competitor reluctantly reached retirement age after helping Mari to achieve numerous victories and is now, deservedly, living the life of Riley back with his owner. Mari then competed with her young horse, Bear, who she’d brought on brilliantly but who, sadly, didn’t charm the judges as Sky had managed to do! Damo arrived to help and he and Mari have been competing with great success. Then Mari had the break her determination and courage in the face of some worsening symptoms deserved when Di Redfern offered her the opportunity to ride her beautiful and super talented mare, Athene. In this 2023 update from Mari Akhurst you’ll see that the results are already incredibly promising and bode very well for Mari’s long standing dream of competing at the top level for her country.
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