Matthew Wright – 5* Event rider has died

Matthew Wright – British Five star event rider has died at the age of 38. On the 15th February 2021 Matthew’s family announced the news with great sadness. “Matthew has always been open with everyone about his own battles with mental health and has worked hard to support others through their own,” Please could we ask that you respect the family’s privacy and give us the opportunity to grieve at this difficult time.”

Matthew was an accomplished rider representing Great Britain at both young rider and senior European championships. He first completed Burghley Horse Trials aged 19. In total he rode at six Burghleys and ten Badmintons during his successful career.

Matthew Wright set up the charity Riders Minds, an online bespoke resource dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of all horse riders. Matthew was open about his struggles with mental health issues. A spokesman for Riders Minds said all involved are “deeply saddened”. “Matthew has always been open about his own mental health battles and has worked hard to support others through their own battles through the formation of Riders Minds alongside his wife, Victoria,” she said.

The Horse Exchange express our deepest condolences to Matthew’s family and would encourage anyone who feels they maybe struggling to contact Riders Minds on

We also want to express that if anyone ever wants to talk, about horses and or their lives, to contact The Horse Exchange. We are not professionals, but we will listen and help where we can.