Pippa and William Funnell have been announced as the latest high-profile Vice Presidents to lend their support to the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund (MDIRF).
The couple are both well-established international riders, and they join other charity Vice Presidents; Nina Barbour, (Founder of The Liverpool Horse Show & Bolesworth International), ITN News presenter Alastair Stewart, international show jumpers Scott Brash, Nick Skelton and Olympic eventer Gemma Tattersall.
The charity was set up in memory of Mark Davies, an event rider who died as a result of an accident at the Burghley Horse Trials in 1988, by his parents Jane and Michael to help injured riders. The fund also campaigns on safety and raises awareness of issues affecting equestrians of all levels. The charity doesn’t just help injured riders, it helps all people injured in a horse related accident where no other help is readily available.
Pippa commented: “William and I are both delighted to become Vice Presidents of Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund. We are passionate about our lives with our equine friends but unfortunately accidents go with the industry. The work of MDIRF really can make a difference to supporting injured riders and their families to raising awareness and campaigning on safety issues within the industry.”