This month, Osberton International Horse & Driving Trials will turn purple in support of BEDE Event’s annual charity, Riders Minds.

Friday 29 September will host a range of initiatives aimed at raising funds for the charity that supports the mental health and well-being of all riders, drivers, and equestrians.

The Riders Minds Quiz will take place on Friday evening, from 6.30pm, and offers a £100 bar tab, courtesy of British Polo Gin, for the winning team. Tickets are £10 per team with all proceeds going to the charity. Purple-themed cocktails will be on offer throughout the evening, with a donation for every drink sold going to Riders Minds.

Following the quiz, a Robbie Williams Tribute act will perform live into the early hours.

Riders and attendees are also encouraged to wear something purple during the Friday of the event, to help raise awareness of the charity’s work.

Riders Minds was formed in 2019, the brainchild of five-star event rider Matt Wright (pictured top) and his wife Victoria, Director of Caunton Manor Stud. Matt openly shared his mental health struggles, blogging about his experiences to raise awareness and understanding within the eventing community.

His openness encouraged other riders to come forward and Victoria and Matt recognised the need for a resource that could offer mental health and wellbeing support, guidance, and information for all riders.

Riders Minds now offers a freely available online resource dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all riders, drivers, and equestrians. They strive to remove the stigma of speaking up, out, or about mental health matters amongst equestrians.

To attend Osberton International (28 September – 1 October), book car parking which includes entry to all occupants. Tickets are available from £15 per car via

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