Mari Durward-Akhurst becomes National Para Dressage Champion

Friday 15th September 2017: LeMieux National Dressage Championships 2017- Gold Para Dressage Championship

Mari has sent us in a blog of her experience of becoming national champion; we’re very proud to be supporting her!

Lost for words….. A dream come true!!

Today me and Sky became the Grade 1 National Champions with 71.49%.

I cannot believe it. I have one very big smile on my face and cannot thank everyone enough who supports me as without you this wouldn’t have been possible!

Still not fully recovered and in a lot of pain! But completely worth it as I am now Grade 1 National Champion.

Firstly thank you to everyone that supports me and believes in me. Biggest thanks to Glesni Owen for letting me have the super star on loan. Rob Waine for being a fantastic trainer and so supportive, we make such a good team! Mum and dad for being the most supportive parents ever. Rupert for being a fantastic mascot. All my friends and family. My sister Sian Nefstead for supporting me even when she’s the other side of the world! All my amazing sponsors and supporters.

But as we all know I couldn’t off done it without Mr Sky. He tried his heart out and looked after me. He felt incredible and did an amazing test, nailing his halts!! With two judges giving us over 72%. He is so special and I love him so much. He is my legs and together we excel!

The run up to these champs was not one I would like to repeat. But we have done it and are Grade 1 National Champions. I couldn’t be prouder of Sky. For me it’s also fantastic as I have given something back to everyone who has ever supported me and has believed in me.

Hard work really does pay off. It really is a dream come true; still on cloud 9.