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Our 2018 Christmas Cards are Now on Sale

Our selection of Christmas Cards for 2018 are now on sale. This year we have produced two cards from original paintings by our co-founder Jane Davies in her memory. We also fortunate to have a fantastic card by the renowned artist Lottie Cole. More about our cards and artists can be found on this page.

This year we’ve “ditched the plastic!” Previously we have supplied our cards in a shrink-wrapped pack but we have decided to discontinue this packaging to cut down on the use of unnecessary plastic.

We’ve also added a new feature for customers who purchase our personalisation service. You can now select to print your OWN greeting inside the card instead of the standard greeting, to make your Christmas message even more personal to you.

Take a look at the selection HERE

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HELP we’ve had our van stolen with all our stock!

Our Camper van containing ALL our stock, fundraising equipment has been stolen during the night of Saturday 25th August 2018 from outside the Travelodge on the A38 Northbound at Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent DE13 8EG. We were travelling to Burghley Horse Trials which starts next week. As you know, our presence at these events plays an important part in our fundraising and without any stock to sell at Burleigh it is a devastating blow for the charity.

If anyone spots the campervan which is a white Chausson flash 09 Reg no WA 57 FRD please contact us or ring the police with information.

We are also concerned because all of our fundraising equipment was in the van, banners, collecting tins etc. and it would be possible for someone to pretend they were collecting for the charity but pocketing the proceeds themselves. If anyone sees any fund raising for MDIRF please contact us urgently. Photo below shows our stand at Burghley last year showing the amount of stock we normally have which is now GONE!

Burghley Stand


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Jane Davies, Co-Founder, dies peacefully

It is with great sadness that we have to let you know that Jane Davies, mother of Mark Davies and co-founder of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund died peacefully on 26th May 2018.

Jane was an incredibly brave woman and in the midst of her own grief at the loss of Mark she was thinking of injured riders and how they could be supported. Thanks to Jane the MDIRF has helped improve safety standards across the equestrian world. Over the last 30 years with Jane’s input, Hat Standards have been improved, table fences altered and the development of the frangible pin was started, as well as the countless riders and their families that have been helped in so many ways.

Jane’s legacy will continue to live on with the MDIRF and the work that we do, Jane will be forever remembered for her strong character and sharp wit, R.I.P Jane.

Donations to help continue our work in Jane’s memory can be made at this page

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We’ve updated our Privacy and Cookie Policy

In line with current data regulations as amended by GDPR on 25th May 2018, we have updated our Privacy Policy and our Cookie Policy to make it clearer how we use your information and how you can take control of any data we use.

As part of the new regulations we have created a new mailing list so if you want to continue to receive emails from us, you need to make sure you have signed up to the new list.

You can use the form on this page to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

Thanks to all of you who have signed up to continue to receive emails from us.



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The MDIRF Cocktails, Canapés & Comedy Evening


On 24th April 2018, The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund are presenting an evening of cocktails, canapés and comedy with award-winning comedian, Rory Bremner headlining this very special one-off London event.

Bringing together some of the UK’s hottest comedy talent, the event aims to raise funds for our small but incredibly valuable charity.

Rory, whose wife is also a passionate equestrian, is an avid supporter of the MDIRF and will bring his own distinctive style & humour alongside special guests to a packed audience during the evening event at Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7LJ.

Tickets are limited and there are a small number of “Early Bird” tickets available at the reduced price of £35 (normal price £40) so grab your tickets now.


Buy your tickets HERE

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National Equestrian Safety Day Returns

March 24th, 2018 heralds the return of National Equestrian Safety Day, a safety awareness day aimed specifically at the equestrian community.

The day has been created by the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund ( a registered charity dedicated to helping those injured through riding, handling or working with horses. Now, for the second year running and tying in with the charity’s 30th anniversary, the charity are more keen than ever to promote their work and safety around horses as Rosemary Lang, Administrator and Fund Co-ordinator explains:

“As the clocks go forward, more riders return to the saddle and the competition season starts. This day is to remind equestrians to stay safe around horses at all times and also to raise awareness of our valuable work & the continuing need for equestrians to support us so that we can help you, should you ever need us.”

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Unified Hat Standards


 6th December, 2017.

Small change to hat rules announced for 2018

British Eventing (BE), British Riding Clubs (BRC) and The Pony Club have unified required hat standards across all three bodies.

The move means a single hat tag will be accepted across BE, Pony Club and BRC events next year.

The new aqua coloured hat tag will carry the logo of the body that checks the hat. This enables the source of the tagging to be tracked; while multi-discipline riders no longer need multiple tags on their hats.

The 2018 hat rules include a small change to the AS/NZS 3838 standard for Pony Club and BE, both of which will now only be accepting it from 2006 onwards.

All three bodies have issued an aide memoire for officials listing the standards and quality assurance marks to be used.

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Evening with the Stars 2017


The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund ‘Evening with the Stars’ will take place at the RAF Private Members Club in Mayfair, London on the evening of 28th November 2017 at 7pm. Dress Code-Black Tie.

Following on from the sell-out event last year, this year’s stars in conversation with TV presenter Steven Wilde are four familiar names. The Charity welcomes international show jumper William Whitaker. The man behind the feel-good equestrian story of the year, Irish eventer Jonty Evans; ITV news presenter and equestrian Alastair Stewart OBE and David Mould, a former National Hunt jockey who during his illustrious career rode for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Sir Winston Churchill and Oscar award-winning actor Gregory Peck.

The evening will raise vital funds for this unique equestrian charity as well as being a fantastic night out and a chance to mingle with the stars.

Guests can enjoy a prosecco reception in the Churchill Bar followed by supper and wine in the Ballroom of this prestigious venue.


Tickets: £50 each or table of 10 £450 Tickets on sale now CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS

Photos courtesy of John Stroud Media, Daily Echo, Bournemouth and Daisy Honeybunn Photography
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Our new 2017 Christmas Cards Have arrived!!

Our great selection of Christmas Cards for 2017 have arrived and we hope you like them!

They are all ideal for personal or business use and buying Christmas Cards from us is an easy way of supporting the charity.

The price for a single pack of 10 cards is only £5.99 and with 11 packs or more costing only £5.75 per pack including delivery, we think that offers outstanding value as well.

The cards are packed in 10’s, and come complete with envelopes and a simple greeting printed inside. You can personalise your cards online during the order process and the extra cost is only £15 for up to 10 packs (only £1.50 per pack). So if you have a business and want to send your customers a professionally printed card or maybe just save yourself the task of writing all your personal cards by hand, then this is a great option for you!

You can order now from our shop

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