British Equestrian is the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK, affiliated to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sports. It exists to provide leadership, vision and purpose in steering the direction of equestrianism. Its patron is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
British Equestrian is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 3 million riders, vaulters and carriage drivers in Great Britain via 18 independent member bodies (14 members and four associates). Established in 1972, it is the largest representative body within the equestrian industry.
As a National Governing Body, British Equestrian works on policy issues with the FEI. It coordinates the British calendar of international events, disciplinary procedures and doping control, and oversees the training of British international judges, stewards, vets and course designers.
At home, it plays an active role in representing the common interests of its member bodies to organisations such as the British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association, SportsAid, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, DCMS and Defra.
British Equestrian is responsible for distributing government funding to the equestrian sports. Funding from UK Sport and Sport England supports British Equestrian’s work, from developing elite riders aiming to win medals for Great Britain to encouraging complete beginners from a range of backgrounds to get involved. Funding support is also provided by Sport Scotland for horsescotland, aligned to British Equestrian.
British Equestrian continues to drive participation in equestrian sport as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, aiming to encourage more people to take up horse riding, driving, vaulting and volunteering. By connecting people to riding centres, schools, clubs and equestrian sporting organisations, British Equestrian is helping more people to discover horses, get fit and improve their wellbeing.
Our British team competes across a number of equestrian sports and has enjoyed great success on Olympic, Paralympic, World and European stages. Through the World Class Programme, the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian sports are generously supported by the Exchequer and National Lottery funding via UK Sport.
British Equestrian is the consumer brand of the governing body British Equestrian Federation.
British Equestrian is the sport: participants, the workforce, the horses, the fans and the British team.
These Articles of Association were approved and adopted at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 22 December 2021 with immediate effect.
The strategy will be reviewed and updated by the Board of Directors for 2018-2021.