//2018 Round-up | Team BETTALife® 2017 & 2018 National Grade 1 Para Dressage Champion – Mari Akhurst

2018 Round-up | Team BETTALife® 2017 & 2018 National Grade 1 Para Dressage Champion – 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 with a changing condition has its challenges but my motto is “everything happens for a reason” and I’m a fighter!! I really enjoy inspiring others to get involved in Para sport in particular Para Dressage; this year acting as a mentor for a young para rider. I also enjoyed carrying out my role as an Ambassador for Arctic One and was delighted and honoured to have been asked to be an Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation (DBF).

Sky has been a complete superstar and our results speak for themselves 3rd Winter Para Dressage Gold Championships, Gold Semi Finals 2nd 70%, Hartpury CPEDI3* (1st overall Grade 1, winner of Individual and Freestyle test) with 71%+ and 73%+ and British Dressage Nationals Para Gold Championships 1st National Champion 70%+.

Bear has come on leaps and bounds this year and we are so close to that 70%. I am really looking forward to next year and getting more experience under our belts and I am sure that our scores will be on the rise.

I have had my most successful year to date finishing the year as an International and National champion. I was one of only 12 to achieve the selection criteria for the World Equestrian Games and I beat a Paralympian at my grade for the first time; the first GB rider to do this. I was also awarded a head collar at the British Dressage National convention for winning my class at the Nationals.

Despite not being selected onto the World Class programme my team and I will still be campaigning for the 2019 Europeans. I am really looking forward to stepping up another level with both horses and aiming for the 73%+ scores with Sky which we are already so close too!! I am also excited about starting public speaking as an inspirational speaker. Bring on 2019.

Mari Akhurst,

Team BETTALife

 

 

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