British Horse Foundation

Registered Charity No: 1003290 (England & Wales).

The BHF, established in 1991, aims to improve the welfare of horses and ponies by helping to inform quality and breeding.

BHF supports a number of programmes designed to reduce indiscriminate breeding:

  • British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity, which sets out to identify talented young horses and ponies from foals to three years old in order that their abilities can be nurtured, allowing them to fulfil their potential as outstanding sport horses and ponies. The Futurity evaluates nearly up to 800 young horses and ponies each year, with a vet and a panel of assessors, providing useful and impartial information on each horse or pony for their breeders. Breeders are encouraged to breed to a high standard and reduce the indiscriminate breeding of sub-standard horse and ponies.
  • British Breeder magazine where editorial showcasing British bred successes and informative breeding features help to illustrate the importance of breeding using approved stallions and quality mares.
  • British Young Breeders initiative to nurture talent and understanding in young people.
  • British Breeders Awards Dinner to celebrate the successes of British breeders and to create a high profile event where British breeders’ substantial efforts can be recognised. More here
  • Undergraduate research bursaries

The Trustees have from inception to 2014 been chaired by the Late triple Olympic gold medallist Richard Meade OBE, and they believe that there are some long term solutions to reducing cruelty to horses – chiefly education and the provision of information. The curent Chair is Vincent Jones of Preci Spark Event Horses.

BHF annual bursaries. Entries now open for 2018/19

Application form

Supervisor reference form

Information factsheet

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