Riders Helping Riders launches 7th September 2020

SEP. 7, 2020

Five-star international event rider Phoebe Buckley, social media figure and Centre 10 coach Christa Dillon, and amateur rider Heather Mussett have banded together to create Riders Helping Riders, a support hub for riders affected by bullying both on social media and in the equine industry. Developing this resource and speaking to those affected by bullying within the equestrian industry has highlighted the need for additional supports for victims outside of the affiliate anti-bullying policies in place.

Five-star international event rider Phoebe Buckley, social media figure and Centre 10 coach Christa Dillon, and amateur rider Heather Mussett have banded together to create Riders Helping Riders, a support hub for riders affected by bullying both on social media and in the equine industry. Developing this resource and speaking to those affected by bullying within the equestrian industry has highlighted the need for additional supports for victims outside of the affiliate anti-bullying policies in place.

Riders Helping Riders noticed that bullying and intimidation - in all forms and across all sectors - is sadly endemic. Whilst many businesses and organisations do operate anti-bullying policies, those who are suffering can find it difficult to know where they can turn to, and have their voices heard. Resources are limited, and the hush-culture associated with bullying can make addressing the issues more difficult and intimidating than tolerating the initial behaviour.

Riders Helping Riders is an online platform offering support to those affected by bullying in the equine industry. Buckley, Dillon, and Mussett are keen to show bullying victims that they are not alone – be that with quotes from professionals such as Blyth Tait, Joseph Murphy and Simon Grieve, or riders from all levels of the sport sharing their stories. The website also features links to external support organisations for anyone affected by bullying as well as links to useful policies from British and Irish equestrian organisations.

Riders Helping Riders uniquely offers those affected by bullying an opportunity to share their stories completely anonymously in the hope that others will read them and realise that they’re not alone. Stories are from a variety of backgrounds and explore a range of settings including social media, all levels of competition, livery yards and working within the equine industry. “Bullies bully for a range of reasons, and it’s so important that victims of bullying understand that it’s not their fault and they are not alone,” asserts Dillon. “If even one person reads the stories shared on our website and gets the help they need, then we’ve done our job. We can’t thank those who’ve bravely shared their stories enough.”

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