Hartpury Happiness for GSF athlete Mari Durward-Akhurst

Mari Durward-Akhurst is a GLL Sport Foundation athlete competing in Para Dressage. Mari attended the Chiltern & South Bucks GSF awards last month and is truly engaged in the programme. Below is her update from Hartpury CPEDI3* International that she sent in to us.

I am absolutely delighted to say that Hartpury went amazing!

Team Test-Day 1
The boys did good today!!
2nd place and 70% with Mr Sky.
And 6th place and just under 70% with Bear at his first ever international, and only 3rd time riding team test.
Couldn’t be a prouder mum; over the moon!

Individual Test- Day 
Sky came 2nd today and 2nd overall, behind a triple Paralympic gold medalist!
And Bear at his first ever international came 6th again and was in the top 6 overall.
Could not be prouder! Literally had nothing left to give today but both boys looked after me.

Freestyle Test- Day 3
Finished off the competition with another 2nd place; behind a triple Paralympic gold medalist. So close to 1st place, only 3.5% away; got 71.82% not bad considering it was Bear’s music and not ridden it many times before.
Kicking myself as was absolutely spot on and would have finished bang on until I added an extra 8m circle. Lesson learnt! So proud of Sky, he loves dancing to his music.

Had an absolutely amazing time at Hartpury Festival of Dressage representing GB with both boys a true honour! Both boys were amazing and I could not be prouder of them. Bear took everything in his stride and acted like he had done it all before, and Sky was a true pro and rose to the occasion.

To finish with three second places with scores over 69% was amazing especially as it was 2nd to a triple Paralympic gold medalist. For me it was also fantastic to have Bear who is all new to it finish with two 6th places and to be in the top 6 overall. Over the moon and on cloud 9!

 “I literally cannot thank everyone enough who supports me. I could not of achieved what I have done over the last week if it wasn’t for you all.”

We are proud to support Mari, and thank you for sending in your results – well done!

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