The BEF Council is made up of representatives of the BEF’s 19 independent Member Bodies, 15 members and four associate members. It is chaired by an elected chair who need not be an appointed representative of a member, and shall not be the board chair or commercial director of a member. 

The Council uses the expertise of the membership to provide ideas for the development of the Federation, provide strategy and policy guidelines for the consideration of the Board, put forward its views and, where relevant, the views of its own members. It has reasonable rights to consultation by the Board and to constructive challenge.

Each year, the Federation holds an AGM of the Council and, throughout the year, Council meetings. These meetings consider the matters of relevance to the Federation’s objectives that the Board, or the Council, or the members that have requested the meeting, may decide.

The Council also provides a pool of candidates for the Board:  four founder member nominated directors and four elected directors.

The current Member Bodies whose representatives make up the Council are:

British Dressage (founder member)

British Eventing (founder member)

British Showjumping (founder member)

The British Horse Society (founder member)

The Pony Club

British Equestrian Vaulting

British Carriagedriving

British Reining

Endurance GB

Association of British Riding Schools


Riding for the Disabled Association

British Horseball Association

Mounted Games Association of Great Britain

UK Polocross Association

British Equestrian Trade Association (associate)

British Grooms Association (associate)

The Showing Council (associate)

World Horse Welfare (associate)

Contact details for each organisation can be found here.

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