About the BEF

Signed Up to Good Governance

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 2.7 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.

Details of the BEF’s governance can be found here.

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.

Inspiring and Enabling Participation

The British Equestrian Federation’s continues to drive participation in equestrian sport as a result of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy.  We aim 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, the British Equestrian Federation is helping more people to discover horses, get fit and improve their well-being.

> Visit the Hoofride website to find out more about 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. 

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

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