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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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Fundraising Event

Thank you Selina Boyce, for our invitation to come and see the demo by Russell Higgings. It was a lovely sunny warm day, with a good turnout, over 100 people, all proceeds going to the M.S Society and the M.D.I.R.F.

Russell Higgings, 4 star senior Parelli Instructor from New Zealand. Based on respect for the love of horses and understanding horse nature and psychology-Parelli enables anyone at any level to have fun with their horse and achieve amazing results.

Further advanced techniques were then shown by other riders, Anthony and Wiz a gorgeous grey highland horse, showing us how Wiz can bridle himself. How Jamie could get on his horse Puff, without the girth done up on the saddle, what balance, then some bridle less  riding, there’s a fabulous  bond between those two.

After all the viewing it makes you feel relaxed too. Thank you also for the lovely array of sandwiches and fruit for after.

I was grateful in having the use of my Tri-ride (an import from Italy) designed by a disabled husband purchased mine from EPC wheelchairs based in Farnborough (Hampshire).I am delighted with this attachment, I keep my independence with it as I can put it on and off myself, the thing that sold it to me on the day of the demo!!  I can reverse in it; it has 5 speed settings, cruise control and a sports mode which I’ve yet to experience. It can do 30miles on one charge and has a quick charging time of 3-4hours and you can go pretty fast should you need too!

Heidi Wheeler. MDIRF beneficary

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MDIRF Summer of Love and Fun

We’ve teamed up with some famous equestrian faces to ask you to join in with the #mdirfsummeroflove campaign to raise money for the valuable work we do.

We’re encouraging equestrians to help us raise funds over the summer months so we can help riders just like you have been unfortunately injured riding or around horses. Together we can make a difference.

Click here to read more, get ideas about how you can get involved and watch our celebrity riders videos

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National Equestrian Safety Day

#nationalequestriansafetyday on March 25th 2017 is a safety awareness day aimed at the equestrian community. Created by our charity, which is dedicated to helping those injured through riding, handling or working with horses, the day aims to highlight the importance of thinking, acting and being safe around horses as equestrians become more active as the season progresses.

The significance of the day chosen is as clocks go forward, more riders return to the saddle and the competition season starts. It is also significant to the charity as Mothering Sunday is also within the month, a date close to the charities heart. The mother of the rider after whom the charity is named and who lost his life in a riding accident was instrumental in setting up the charity in his name and memory to help other riders and their families. Read more

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The Stars at the Castle – Exclusive Event – April 2017


Following the considerable success of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund’s ‘An Evening With The Stars’ in the autumn of last year, the charity is proud to announce another fund raising event with a fresh new guest line-up and exciting new venue.

The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund ‘The Stars At The Castle‘ will take place at the stunning Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire on the evening of 24th April 2017.  Confirmed stars for this exclusive evening are globally recognised Olympic dressage rider and trainer Carl Hester MBE, International show-jumper Trevor Breen and ITV news presenter and equestrian Alastair Stewart OBE.

Hosted by top equestrian TV presenter & commentator Steven Wilde, guests attending this elite event will also enjoy a champagne reception, musical entertainment and fine dining at this special and prestigious venue.

Tickets: £195

LAST MINUTE TICKET SALE OFFER Last few remaining tickets only £100 each – That’s OVER 45% OFF

or buy 2 OR MORE for only £97.50 each. Limited tickets available at this price.

Snap up a last minute bargain ticket HERE

Image by kind permission Jon Stroud Media

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