Previous Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, the very gutsy Mari Akhurst, has sent us 2 videos of herself and her young dressage horse, Bear, in action.
Mari, whose dream is to represent Team GB in the Tokyo Olympics in the Para Dressage competition, is getting ever closer to achieving her goal having done extremely well representing GB at the recent Hartpury Dressage Event. As you can see from the videos, Mari is a wonderfully sympathetic rider who looks fabulous on horseback.
- Mari and Bear warm up before their first test at the International
- Mari and Bear doing their Team Test
(Video links may have to be downloaded to your computer to view)
The DBF is proud to support Mari in her quest and have no doubt that with her inspirational, can-do attitude she’ll go all the way. We’re are very grateful to her for keeping us updated.
Mari has cerebral palsy that affects all four limbs and has left her weaker down her left side. As a result of her CP her coordination, balance and muscle tone are all affected. Sadly, a recent deterioration in Mari’s condition means more adaptations and yet more costs for her as she pursues her goal. While she works hard to raise funds herself, any donations are greatly appreciated, especially at this difficult time. If you’d like to Help Get Mari to the Olympics, you can donate through her fundraising page and support this very determined and talented young rider.