About the BEF Equine Portfolio and British Breeding

British Breeding is an unstaffed Company Limited by Guarantee which operates a number of initiatives in support of British breeders and British studbooks, including the Futurity. The operational team are Jan Rogers and Cat Wood, provided by the BEF Equine Development Portfolio, and donated to British Breeding by BEF.

What do we mean when we say 'British Bred?'

The BEF's definition of the term "British bred" applies to a horse that was either foaled in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) or the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands or foaled abroad to a dam normally living in the United Kingdom, Isle of man or Channel Islands that had been temporarily exported for the purpose of mating only. Neither the stud book of origin of the dam nor the stud book of origin or the place of domicile of the sire are considered as relevant factors in determining whether a foal is British bred.

The BEF Equine Development Portfolio has a strategic objectives of:

  • Working towards securing more British bred horses and ponies on the podium and in the results at national an international level - Got some results to share? Why not email us
  • Promoting the achievements of British bred horses and ponies through regional and national media, with our partners Holdsworth PR and in our Magazine the British Breeder
  • Supporting British Breeding in increasing participation in the British Breeding/BEF Futurity. Want to take part? Click here for more information
  • Building a Long Term Equine Development process - known as The Equine Bridge 
  • We support British Young Breeders - visit their Facebook page here
  • In partnership with BEF Member Bodies, supporting studbooks in their breeding of horses and ponies of suitable type and temperament to safely meet the needs of a growing base of riders, drivers and vaulters
  • Encouraging the use of research to inform decisions - see what we are doing 
  • Working closely with the Equine Health and Welfare Strategy to support the welfare of horses and ponies. BEF subscribes to the FEI Welfare Code

We support the National Equine Forum - click here for information

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