Two new Vice Presidents
The Mark Davies Injure Riders Fund is pleased to have two new, super Vice Presidents in the form of Nina Barbour and Claire O’Donnell.
International show-jumper Nina has evented herself up to CCI*** level and runs annual Bolesworth International Show as well as the Harthill Stud. Nina is well aware of the potential dangers of riding and is a strong believer in the important work MDIRF does to keep equestrians safe.
Claire has a wealth of business experience running her own interior design company. She has been involved with horses her whole life from her own pony club days right through her son Miles who started riding at four and is now a successful young show-jumper. Claire is absolutely committed to rider safety and has worked with us for the past year.
Nina and Claire join a strong team of committed Trustees and our Patron Zara Phillips who all work together tirelessly to assist injured riders.
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Horses: The Danger
Did you know that you are 20 times more likely to have an accident on a horse than on a motorbike? On average, two people per month are left paralysed from a horse fall and many others are left permanently disabled through severe head injuries. And there are just as many dangers to be faced whilst handling horses from the ground too.
That’s why it is so important for horse-lovers to stick together.
The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund was founded to help those who become injured by horses whether riding or working with horses on the ground. It is the only charity in the UK which helps all injured riders from leisure riders to competition riders, across all disciplines and at any level. You can find out how we help in our video featuring our Patron Zara Phillips and Belinda, one of our beneficiaries:
Your support means that we can make a difference to people like Belinda who unfortunately become injured by horses. Find out how to support us and more about some of the people we have helped on our website. You can also learn about who Mark Davies was. Thank you for your support!