About the BEF

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The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) 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.

The BEF is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 4.2 million riders, vaulters and carriage drivers in Great Britain via 19 independent member bodies (15 members and 4 associates). Established in 1972 it is the largest representative body within the equestrian industry and together with the British Horse Racing Authority and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association forms the British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC).

The long term aims and strategies of the BEF are brought together in its strategic plan which is aligned with the Strategy for the Horse Industry created by the BHIC.

As a National Governing Body the BEF works on policy issues with the FEI. It co-ordinates the British calendar of international events, disciplinary procedures, 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, the SportsAid Foundation, Sport and Recreation Alliance and DEFRA.

The BEF is responsible for distributing Government funding to the equestrian sports. Funding from UK Sport and Sport England supports the BEF's work from developing the best riders, with the aim of winning medals for Great Britain, to encouraging complete beginners to get involved. Funding support is also provided by Sport Scotland for Horsescotland, a member of the BEF.

Hoof Legacy Campaign

Hoof is the British Equestrian Federation’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy campaign which aims 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, Hoof is helping more people to discover horses, get fit and improve their well being.

By targeting specific social groups - disabled people, underprivileged children and those who might not otherwise be able to access horse riding - the Hoof legacy project is quelling common perceptions of riding through effective communications via the use of mechanical horses at sports events, the new Hoof website, and through social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, Hoof can focus upon increasing the provision of ‘riding for all’, through inner city schools and other special projects.

Regional Hoof Networks have been set up England wide to offer advice, guidance and support to help equestrian businesses grow. Regular forums aim to address equestrian industry challenges, raise standards and share good practice.These networks are an important part of the BEF’s plan to achieve increased participation through attracting new people into horse riding on a local scale, as well as maintaining opportunities and raising standards for those already enjoying equestrian sport.

> Visit the Hoof website to find out more about the different legacy projects and how you can get involved

Equestrian Team GBR

Equestrian Team GBR competes across a number of disciplines and has enjoyed great success on Olympic, Paralympic, World and European stages. The Olympic and Paralympic disciplines are generously supported by the Exchequer and National Lottery funding via UK Sport. 

From 2000 to 2014 Equestrian Team GBR has won:

  • 159 medals across dressage, eventing and showjumping at youth level
  • 132 medals in Para-Equestrian Dressage
  • 50 senior medals in the Olympic sports (Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping)
  • 25 senior medals in the non-Olympic sports (Driving, Endurance, Reining and Vaulting)

> For more information about the British teams visit the Equestrian Team GBR website

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