Participation in equestrian sport is supported through a vast range of facilities and clubs including riding and equestrian centres, show grounds, livery yards, trekking centres and colleges, as well as Riding and Pony Clubs and a variety of discipline-specific environments.
Good quality, well managed facilities and clubs are vital to encourage and sustain participation at all levels and provide riders, drivers and vaulters with the necessary environment to realise their full potential. The BEF worked with all the Member Bodies to produce the National Facilities Strategy for Equestrian Sport and Leisure in support of this overall aim. This section of the website gives further detail and updates and also provides access to a wide range of information, advice and guidance on developing and managing successful equestrian related facilities and clubs.
Capital funding opportunity
Are you a centre or club looking to improve your riding establishment in order to enhance participation?
The British Equestrian Federation has launched its 2013-2014 Capital Funding round, which is a fund provided to us by DCMS through Sport England, providing an opportunity for centres and clubs to apply for £1 for £1 match funding to upgrade riding establishments, increase capacity and accessibility or improve centre facilities - ie. changing rooms, toilets, social areas.
Bids submitted should be for no less than £1,000 and no more than £25,000, whilst the preferred bid level is between £10,000 and £15,000. Grants will be awarded to those projects that can clearly deliver increased participation for equestrianism and have a positive and sustainable impact in their local community.
Projects which are awarded funding will need to demonstrate the funded project is able to be completed by 14th March 2014.
Please note, this funding is only available to centres or facilities in England.
When can I apply?
Applications are a two stage process.
If you are interested in applying for funding, expressions of interest (Stage 1) should be received by the British Equestrian Federation by Friday 10th May 2013.
All applicants will be notified by Friday 17th May 2013 whether their expression of interest has been successful or not.
Successful applicants from the Stage 1 process will then be required to submit a full application (Stage 2) by Friday 14th June 2013; notification will be given to successful applicants after this second stage by Friday 28th June.
Funding Application Documentation:
It is recommended that before applying, you consult the Application Information, alongside the Better Facilities 2013-2017 documentation.
Hoof Capital Funding Application Information - pdf
Better Facilities 2013-2017 - pdf
Stage 1: Application Form - Expression of Interest - word doc.
Stage 2: Application Form - Full Application Form - word doc.
For more information about Funding opportunities, please visit www.hoofride.co.uk/funding