Tag Archive: para dressage

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

News from Richard Neumann

Can’t be all bad… Congratulations, Otto! Para-dressage rider, Richard Neumann, is pursuing his ambition to ride for Team GB. This follows disappointment when Richard’s horse, Otto, had an allergic reaction resulting in them having to pull out of a competition last month. Not one to give up, Richard is still aiming to take part in… View Article

Richard and Otto Start Their Para-Dressage Campaign

Our featured Bader Grant recipient, Richard Neumann, is about to start his para-dressage campaign in earnest. He and his beautiful horse, Otto, have been training intensively for the last few months and have taken part in local shows but now things are beginning to get serious with a big competition on Sunday marking the start… View Article

Mari and Team GBR Achieve a Silver Medal at the Para Europeans!

We couldn’t be more proud of DBF Ambassador, Para Dressage rider Mari Durward-Akhurst and her beautiful horse Sky, who together had a fantastic 10 days at the Para European Championships in Rotterdam achieving several personal bests and a Silver Medal for the team.  For years Mari’s dream has been to win a gold medal for… 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

Positive Updates from Featured Bader Grant Recipient Richard Neumann

Good positive updates from our featured Bader Grant Recipient, Para Dressage Rider, Richard Neumann. He reports that Otto (pictured above) has now cantered for the first time since the injury to his mouth brought an abrupt halt to their training and is moving forward well, which all bodes well for future competitions. We’re keeping fingers… 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

An update from Richard Neumann, our featured Bader Grant Recipient

We’re very grateful to our featured Bader Grant Recipient, Para Dressage Rider, Richard Neumann for these most recent updates on his progress with his beautiful horse, Otto. Apologies to Richard and all for getting these posted later than intended. My graduation adventures have now finished and usual service will now be resumed! You may remember… 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

News and Updates from our Featured Bader Grant Recipient Richard Neumann

We were very grateful to hear from our featured Bader Grant Recipient, Para Dressage rider Richard Neumann, albeit with mixed news… On the 19th May, Richard told us that sadly, uncomfortably close to their next show, beautiful Otto had cut his lip badly the previous week necessitating stitches and putting him out of action until… 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

You Can Now Book Mari as a Motivational Speaker!

DBF Ambassador, Lady Bader Grant recipient and erstwhile Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Mari Akhurst is adding another skill to her box of tricks. Already a very successful para dressage rider who will be competing for Great Britain in Belgium next month, Mari has decided to add motivational speaking to her repertoire.  We have… 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

Mari Durward Akhurst – Welcome New Ambassador for the DBF!

We couldn’t be more delighted to announce that Mari Durward Akhurst, Para Dressage rider, has accepted our invitation to join our small team of DBF Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors are selected because they have shown outstanding support of the charity and because we feel that they represent the DBF ethos and the indomitable spirit of Sir… 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

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