British Equestrian launches e-learning resource to assist equestrian establishments to plan for their future

Wednesday, 12 June 2024

British Equestrian is pleased to launch our first e-learning resource which will provide a starting point for equestrian businesses to safeguard their future by being more robust and viable. Funded through Sport England’s Together Fund and in partnership with Sport Structures, the resource will evolve to advise on putting procedures in place for unexpected circumstances and producing strategies for long term sustainability, adding to the informative training resources currently available from our member bodies.

Learnings from British Equestrian’s Health of Riding Establishments research, and individual consultations with centres, has highlighted the vulnerability of equestrian establishments. One of the key areas of vulnerability and contributing to the closure of centres was in relation to succession planning and this subject is covered by the first online training modules.

Succession planning is a crucial part of running any business but is especially important at a time where many equestrian centres are running at capacity with long waiting lists, access to fewer centres will worsen this issue.

Succession planning: ensuring the future of a business by putting strategies in place.

Working with Sport Structures and with input from a number of equestrian centres, British Equestrian has developed three free e-learning modules to help support establishments with succession planning, meaning plans can be put in place to provide clarity for everyone involved in the business about the future and have a clear plan.

The three modules, which all last under 30 minutes, include:

  • An Introduction to succession planning - This provides an overview of succession planning and looks at why a succession plan is important.
  • Governance and legal structures - This module explores the different governance and legal structures to consider in planning for the future of your riding establishment.
  • People - This module demonstrates the importance of having the right people, with the right skills, to enable the long-term running of your riding establishment.

Jemima Morris, Together Fund Project Manager at British Equestrian commented, “British Equestrian has consulted with many equestrian centres who have been worried about the future of their businesses’, whether that is due to rising costs, lack of workforce or unforeseen circumstances. It’s exciting to be able to provide support for all establishments to access and hopefully allow them to plan for the future and keep our equestrian community thriving, and ultimately safeguard equestrianism for more people to enjoy and participate in the future. We’re actively looking to develop further modules in key areas to bring online in the future.”

The training is housed on British Equestrian’s website, in the Workforce section. To access the modules, learners need to register for free to our Training Hub and once logged in, the training will be visible.

British Equestrian would like to thank Sport England for the funding and Sport Structures for their support to create this resource.

Access the Training Hub here.