The BEDE Events team has confirmed Riders Minds as their charity partner for the 2023 season. A proportion of each entry fee will be donated to the charity that supports riders and is working to remove the stigma of speaking out about mental health.

Riders Minds was formed in 2019 and was awarded charitable status in 2022. The brainchild of the late five-star event rider Matthew Wright and his wife Victoria, Director of Caunton Manor Stud, they recognised the need for a resource that could offer mental health and well-being support, guidance, and information for all riders.

The charity provides a free-to-all website that shares extensive and user-friendly resources to equip individuals with skills for good mental health, managing life’s ups and downs, and enabling them to live a happier and healthier life to enjoy their equestrian passions. Riders Minds also offers a free helpline that is accessible to the whole equestrian community and is managed by the same call centre team as Mind, Help for Heroes and Racing Welfare.

Of the new partnership Stuart Buntine, Director of BEDE Events, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support the work of Riders Minds that is providing an important and very much needed resource for all equestrians. Matt was always a key competitor at our events and Victoria continues to be a key supporter through Caunton. This is now our chance to give a little back to those who are working hard to support everyone within the industry.”

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