Tag Archive: Mari Akhurst

End of the Competitive Year Update from Mari

A very positive update from DBF Ambassador, Mari Akhurst, Para-Dressage Rider par excellence. After what has been a tough year in many respects, Mari has finished on a high as you’ll see from her report below. She should be hugely proud of herself and her equine team for battling through adversity and ending the year… View Article

Mari’s Only Gone And Done It!!

Wonderful news! The extremely talented and unbelievably gutsy Para Dressage rider, Mari Akhurst, has achieved what recently looked like an almost impossible goal.  With her equine partner, Sky O’Hara, on loan from Glesni Owen, Mari has been selected to represent Team GBR at the European Championships which will be held from 21-25 August in Rotterdam…. View Article

Mari Does it!

We’ve just had the best news from DBF Ambassador, Para Dressage Rider, Mari Akhurst:  I am very pleased to tell you the news that Sky and I are on the list of nominated entries for Team GBR at the Europeans.  Thank you all for your support. Fantastic news, Mari! We couldn’t be more delighted or… View Article

More Uplifting News from Mari

Our inspirational DBF Ambassador, Para Dressage Rider Mari Akhurst, is having a fantastic year and is going from strength to strength with both her equine teammates, Sky O’Hara and Bear.  It’s Sky’s turn to hit the limelight again after he and Mari turned in another fantastic performance, this time at Hartpury. Fantastic results like these… View Article

Mari and Bear Reach New Heights

We’ve had wonderful news from DBF Ambassador, Mari Akhurst, a hugely committed and talented Para Dressage rider who is aiming for the top with her ambition to ride for Team GB in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Mari was competing with her young horse, Bear, at the weekend and had the deserved joy of seeing her… View Article

Update from Mari Akhurst and a Reminder About her Motivational Speaking

  An exciting update from DBF Ambassador Mari Akhurst who had some really encouraging results with her young horse Bear last weekend, winning their first competition of 2019.  Congratulations, Mari. The hard work really is paying off and all bodes really well for the future of this great team. I think that the mutual trust… View Article

Some Great News From Mari!

  We’ve received some excellent news from our lovely new Ambassador and erstwhile Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, para-dressage rider Mari Akhurst. Mari who has been digging deep into reserves of strength and determination recently when the worsening of some of her symptoms threw up some new challenges for her including the recommendation of… View Article

Mari Akhurst – 2018 Yearly Update

Wow I wasn’t sure we could better 2017 but we certainly have done! Dreams have come true this year and it really does show that perseverance and hard work pays off.  None of what I have achieved would have been possible without my amazing support team, my family and all my fantastic sponsors and supporters.  Living… View Article

A Dream Comes True – International Champion! Mari Akhurst and Sky Win at Hartpury

International Champion! Mari at the Prize Giving Ceremony We couldn’t be more proud and delighted to tell you that Bader Grant Recipient, Para-Dressage Rider Mari Akhurst, achieved her dream of becoming an International Champion at Hartpury last week. This award couldn’t be more deserved as Mari has been battling with a deterioration in her condition… View Article

Great News for June from Bader Grant Recipient, Mari Akhurst!

We were so pleased to get the latest update from our lovely Lady Bader Grant Recipient, Para-Dressage Rider Mari Akhurst. Mari, who has Cerebral Palsy, hyper mobility and lax ligaments affecting all four limbs and resulting in left side muscle weakness and affecting her balance and muscle tone has recently been battling with an escalation of… View Article

Exciting News from Previous Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Mari Akhurst…

It was a treat as always to hear from our lovely ex-LBGRotM, para-dressage rider, Mari Akhurst, with a very exciting update. Mari, who was born with cerebral palsy, is getting ever closer to achieving her goal of representing Team GB in para-dressage in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Mari had a great competition recently in partnership… View Article

New Year, New Season, New Challenges. 2018 Update from Mari Akhurst

Lovely to hear from our first featured Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Para Dressage rider, Mari Durward-Akhurst, who is pursuing her dream to compete with Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Mari had a fantastic year last year finishing 2017 in 6th position overall with her young horse, Bear, and as no… View Article

2017 – What a Year for Mari!

We couldn’t be more proud or delighted to announce that Mari Durward Akhurst, our first featured Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, has had a phenomenal year. She has not only made great strides (literally!) with her young, upcoming horse, Bear, finishing in the top 6 overall, but is Grade 1 Gold National Champion… View Article

Recognition for Mari!

We’re delighted to report that Bader Grant Recipient, para-dressage rider, Mari Akhurst, has had her hard work and phenomenal achievements with both her horses, Sky O’Hara (on loan from Glesni Owen) and her own Bear, rewarded. Mari just found out that she has been selected for a place on the competitive Excel Talent Programme. This… View Article

Mari Akhurst – September Blog

Mari Akhurst, a Lady Bader Grant Recipient and our first featured Bader Grant Recipient of the Month is a para dressage rider. She suffers from cerebral palsy that cerebral palsy that affects all four limbs and has left me weaker down her left side and affects her balance and muscle tone. Her goal is to… View Article

Mari Akhurst – Dressage Videos

Our first Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Mari Akhurst has kindly sent us a link to 2 videos of her riding her beautiful young horse, Mr Bear, at Hartpury; one of them competing in the Team Test and one in the pre-test warm up. I’m sure you’ll agree that Mari looks wonderful on… View Article

New Video Footage from Mari Akhurst

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… View Article