Equine Research

BEF's Research Database

BEF operates the BEF Researching Equines Database (BEFRED) which is a free website open for everyone to use and contains over 3100 abstracts of research carried out by undergraduates, postgraduates and post doctoral researchers into equine topics, with contact information to enable you to contact the establishment for more information.See www.befred.org

BEFRED users are:

  • Undergraduates, postgraduates and post doctoral researchers researching equine topics
  • People running riding schools, livery yards, breeding establishments, trekking centres, competition yards, competition disciplines, charitable and welfare enterprises looking for more industry information and research information
  • Companies selling to the industry including feed, tack, clothing, veterinary products, insurance, buildings, equipment, advertising
  • National and local government departments

Advancing Equine Scientific Excellence (AESE)

AESE is a research committee of the BEF's Equine Development portfolio and more information can be found on it's own page here

BEF & Virginia Tech Internship

Virginia Tech offers the prestigious internship to one student to spend up to three months between May and September each year at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MAREC). The lucky student will be selected via a research competition which the BEF has agreed to administer on MAREC’s behalf. Details here

Other Equine Sector Information

The most recent and thorough research into the equestrian industry is the National Equestrian Survey 2015, conducted by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) which is a member of the BEF.

For headline results and to order your full copy of the Survey (fees apply), visit BETA's website

Information on the size and scope of the British equestrian industry is available, please email

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