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Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund & Equestrian Hour – Rider Safety

We’ve teamed up with #equestrianhour from 26th September – 2nd October 2016 to help raise awareness about the importance of being and staying safe on and around horses this coming season.  For a chance to win great prizes go to https://twitter.com/equestrianhour


Every year we are approached by equestrians who have suffered from an accident around horses and every year we help hundreds of you in so many far reaching ways, from giving expert advice or moral, practical and also financial support, proving to be a lifeline for injured horse riders and handlers across the UK.


With the colder temperatures and unpredictable weather bringing great challenges to horse riders and owners, we would love you to support our campaign to raise awareness on keeping safe this winter with our #MDIRFsafetyweek on #Equestrianhour. Each day during the week we are giving out top safety tips including some from our high profile riders and friends on exclusive video content.


We also have a super range of safety themed prizes kindly donated by some fantastic companies as featured on this page. Each day #Equestrianhour will be revealing the products you can win and one lucky person will win the entire package of prizes so keep an eye out for that!


We look forward to catching up with you during this fantastic week and would like to say a special thanks to Champion Safety, Golly Galoshes, Sprenger, Tuffa, Hyd Equestrian and Childéric Sadldles for donating some fantastic prizes and also to #Equestrianhour for getting involved.


For further information on how you can support our vital work and enable us to keep on helping equestrians from please visit:



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William Fox-Pitt joins our line up for the Evening with the Stars

The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund are delighted to announce that top international eventer William Fox-Pitt will be joining special guests Olympic Gold Medallist Nick Skelton and MBE and eventer Zara Tindall at the ‘Quintessentially and Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund Evening with the Stars’. The event to be held at an exclusive venue in London on 29th November will raise funds for this unique equestrian charity and will be hosted by top equestrian TV presenter & commentator Steven Wilde.
Guests will enjoy an evening of entertainment and fine dining at this exclusive and prestigious venue.
Tickets: £100 or table of 10: £950.00
Numbers are strictly limited, for further information:
www.mdirf.co.uk             +44(0) 7710 788364

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Our fabulous Evening with the Stars on November 29th

November sees the arrival of a very special ‘one off ’ equestrian event with a charitable angle & celebrity rider focus.


The  Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund ‘Evening with the Stars’ in association with Quintessentially will take place at the RAF Private Members Club in Mayfair, London on the evening of 29th November 2016.  Names in the hot seat to date include recent Olympic Gold Medallist Nick Skelton OBE & eventer Zara Tindall MBE with another high profile name to be confirmed shortly.


The event to raise funds for this unique equestrian charity will feature a number of celebrity riders in the ‘hot seat’ and will be hosted by top equestrian TV presenter & commentator for the recent Olympic Games, Steven Wilde.

Guests will enjoy an evening of entertainment and fine dining at this exclusive and prestigious venue.

Tickets: £100 or table of 10: £950

Numbers are strictly limited, click here to buy tickets

Pass slow and wide – the campaign needs your support

We are supporting this excellent campaign organised by Debbie Smith. Here is her story:

I started this petition and campaign back in September 2015 because I was fed up with the dangers horse riders face on the roads. We have as much right to be on a pubic highway as anyone else, we get verbal abuse, beeping of horns and revving of engines, cars speeding pass so close our stirrups get hit. We need protection and legal support.
The support I have had has been fantastic, I then got joined by Christine and John brindle who have helped me enormously by support and John making the pass wide and slow dvd which has got thousands of views on the internet, it is also included in my petition.
Christine and I have been to meet the transport Minister who has been supportive of our campaign and has promised action regarding a think horse campaign and also supporting us with enforcing the use of video evidence that it must be acted up on and not ignored by the police. He was shocked when he learnt of the abuse we have to put up with. This was an informative meeting with thanks from my local MP Dereck Thomas who has supported this campaign throughout from the start, who contacted me after for a meeting with me after I emailed the petition to him and offering me a meeting which was great, since then it has got over 87,000 signatures to this date.
I have support of two companies who are now offering part of their takings from their products sold on our group to raise money for the campaign, cannot thank them enough.
We need to change the law to make it a legal requirement to have to slow and pass a horse wide and abide our hand signals to stop and slow, to reinforce this we need to be riding with head cameras to gather the evidence to give to the police, as it stands at the moment action can only be taken if we can prove careless driving but by that time it is generally to late and th accident between the car , horse and rider has already happened, we need to be able to ask a car to stop to prevent a accident happening , if caught on camera they will get fined, charged. The statistics of accidents and deaths has risen highly in the last 10 years, this needs to decline, we need respect from drivers to help save lives. Please join pass wide and slow and help support our campaign and sign our petition .

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Summer Fun

We are SO happy that Summer is finally showing it’s face – we have got lots of great things coming up. You can buy fabulous clothes, shoes and bags at our brilliant trade stand – we are at Windsor this week. And then the Hickstead Derby meeting and the Royal International as well.

Why not come along and support one of our events as well. Our now famous Luncheon is on June 24th at the Equestrian.Com Hickstead Derby Meeting. It really is a great way to enjoy some of the best show jumping around in our own private room which has a first class view of the main arena. For just £90 you have access to the members enclosure, free VIP parking, coffee, tea and a pastries all day. There’s also a delicious 3 course lunch and afternoon tea. We will also be lucky enough to have visits from some of the top names in British show jumping who will be popping by in the day to chat about their experiences. And there is also a chance to walk the course too! It’s a bargain and tickets are on sale now in our online shop.

We also have something for all you Polo fans. July 3rd is the date of our Polo Day at Cheshire Polo Club. A fantastic fun filled afternoon with a champagne afternoon tea and two Polo matches. There will also be an auction in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and MDIRF. Tickets also available in the shop.

Don’t miss out!

Champagne, cakes and Polo

What more could you want on a beautiful Summer day in the stunning Cheshire countryside?

Well perhaps canapes, sandwiches, amazing auction and raffle prizes and the chance to raise vital funds for The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

We have got it all! (well I can’t guarantee the weather but our fingers are crossed).

Come along – bring the family – have fun – be merry.

3rd July.

Cheshire Polo Club

12 noon.

Buy your tickets here: http://mdirf.co.uk/product-category/ticketsevents/

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Holly’s story

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Gosh look at these incredible pictures of poor Holly who had a dreadful accident. Luckily she was wearing a correct standard hat and is ok. Here’s her story:

I’ve been riding horses all my life, both for work and hobby, riding a wideholly 3 variety of horses and ponies in all different disciplines. I used to occasionally jump on without a riding hat and never though anything of it, until now! On Sunday I was competing at Essex and Suffolks Team Chase, riding the same horse I jumped round there clear on last year. We got as far as jump no. 16 before I came crashing off! Jack misjudged his stride and barely even took off. Both front legs hit the jump resulting in him somersaulting over it and some how landing on my head! His weight completely crushed my riding hat. Obviously I wasn’t allowed to continue (much to my annoyance!!) and was taken off in an ambulance. Apart from concussion (which to be fair is pretty much a given if a 600kg horse lands on your head!) I walked away completely unscathed (apart from possible broken nose and few grazes/bruises) It doesn’t even bare thinking about what state my head would have been in had I not been wearing a *correct standard hat. Please when riding horses WEAR A HAT.

*Please check www.beta-uk.org for up to date safety  information including hat standards. If you need any advice please call Rosemary Lang on 07710 788364.


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Forthcoming Events

Liverpool Horse Show

We’ve got lots of exciting things planned for 2016. And to kick off the year in style we will be at Liverpool International Horse Show on 2nd and 3rd of January where we will be collection donations and offering some very special prizes.

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A wonderful evening with Clare Balding

We had a truly fabulous evening at the RAF Club in Piccadilly, London last week. Over 100 of our supporters came along to enjoy a delicious dinner splendidly provided by the RAF Club’s fantastic chefs. And to spend time with the delightful Clare Balding.

We started the evening with a reception in the Churchill Bar – a glorious space hung with stunning paintings and tributes to days gone by and those who so bravely fought for our freedom. Fitting that we should be there on 11th November really. Clare chatted with our guests and led us up to dinner in the Ballroom. For those that haven’t been there it really is the most wonderful space – large yet also very intimate. The perfect place for what one guest described as “an incredible private dinner party”.

The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund ran both a raffle and an auction with prizes ranging from a Tuscan holiday, to a Behind the Scenes day at Hickstead with Scott Brash and Steven Wilde.

After dinner Clare go up and spoke to us all for over half an hour – she was outstanding. Such an interesting and funny woman – if our guests were there to get to know her a bit better they would not have been disappointed. She shared stories from her childhood and more recently we also discussed current sporting events. Clare took questions from our audience and, as if that was not enough she then spent another hour signing copies of her books and chatting with supporters.

All in all it was a lovely evening. Thanks so much to Clare and all our guests as well as those who donated and bought prizes.

We raised just over £7,000 which will allow us to help those who really need it.


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