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British Equestrian announces definite entries for FEI Para Dressage World Championship


20th July 2022

British Equestrian and the British Dressage para selectors can today confirm the four horse and rider combinations, plus reserves, that will form their list of definite entries ahead of the FEI Para Dressage World Championship, set to take place in Herning, Denmark, from 6–14 August this year.


Selected entries, listed by grade then in alphabetical order by athlete surname:  read more......


Riders Minds Launches Head First Campaign


11th May 2022

Leading equestrian mental health charity Riders Minds has launched their Head First campaign to raise awareness of the effects of concussion on mental health.

The campaign has been created following the concerning results of a study by Charles Owen which revealed that 6 in 10 riders suffer from depression after a concussion. The survey also found read more......

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Informal Guidance to National Governing Bodies on the Participation of Russian and Belarussian sportspeople in a neutral capacity


28th March 2022

Following the illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the UK Government has taken a number of actions against Russia and Belarus in relation to sport. With regard to the participation of individuals in sporting events, the Government’s aim is to minimise the ability of Russian and Belarussian read more......

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Riders must walk the talk to ensure our sport survives


25th March 2022

Following the last Showing Council's webinar, Horse & Hound talks to Jane Nixon:  read more......

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British Equestrians for Ukraine: week one update


22nd March 2022

Just over a week after launching, the team behind British Equestrians for Ukraine can report a successful start thanks to an overwhelming response from the equine community to help those displaced by the Russian invasion. The public fund set up via World Horse Welfare is currently running at over  read more......

Showing Council Webinars


18th March 2022

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Thank you to all who have attended the Showing Council’s Winter Webinar series, and in particular, the final presentation by Dr Jane Nixon MRCVS on Thursday evening:  "Will we be riding in 20 years’ time?"

We were delighted there were 451 registrants for this thought provoking talk on Social Licence to Operate with Q&A's. Sadly we ran out of time for all the questions, but the panel of Kezia Allen, Elizabeth Beckerlegge, Sally Iggulden, Roly Owers and Jane Nixon, have kindly agreed to respond to the unanswered ones.

We took a poll before the presentation and again afterwards, the results were interesting.  It asked:  Will horse riding be acceptable in 20 years’ time?

  • Pre-presentation                               No: 17.58%           Yes: 82.42%

  • Post-presentation                             No: 21.31%           Yes: 78.69%

It was generally agreed that we all have much work to do and there will be difficult conversations along the way! 

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A new Performance Director for British Equestrian


9th March 2022

British Equestrian is delighted to announce that Helen Nicholls will join as Performance Director in early May to provide leadership of our elite talent World Class Programmes, funded by UK Sport and the National Lottery, and senior championship teams in the disciplines of dressage, eventing, jumping  read more......


Letter from Dept. of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport


4th March 2022

For a copy of the letter sent from Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, please read more......

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Letter from British Equestrian to the FEI


28th February 2022

For a copy of the letter sent from British Equestrian to the FEI, please read more......


Riders Minds Awarded Charitable Status


20th February 2022

Equestrian mental health and well-being resource Riders Minds are thrilled to have been awarded charitable status, marking a big milestone for the organisation.

Formerly set up as a Community Interest Company, the Charity Commission for England  read more......

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Update on UK Equine Influenza (EI) activity


14th December 2021

For an update on UK Equine Influenza (EI) activity, please click the link below:

UK Equine Influenza (EI) activity

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Government’s COVID Plan B brought in for England


13th December 2021

The government announced on Wednesday that England will move to ‘Plan B’ in response to the risks of the Omicron COVID variant.

For those living in England, this means:  read more.......​