Equestrian Sport

Equestrian sport horse facts and figures

Affiliated sport (competitions and shows) has a value nearly £19,000,000 with unaffiliated competitions and shows contributing £17,500,000 *
British competitors continue to be successful in world class competition. In the last Olympics Leslie Law won the individual gold in the three day eventing Pippa Funnel won the bronze, with the event team winning silver.
In the 2004 Paralympics the British Dressage team excelled winning the team gold (Lee Pearson, Deborah Criddle, Nicola Tustain, Anne Denham) Lee Pearson and Deborah Criddle won two individual golds each, Nicola Tustain winning two bronzes and 16year old Sophie Christiansen winning an individual bronze
The Great British showjumping team finished third in the 2005 hotly contested international Samsung Super League. The Brits continue to win internationally with Nick Skelton winning the WEF Open Championship (March 2006) in the USA
Through its Member Bodies, the BEF represents over 210,000 riders, drivers and vaulters
In Athens 2004 Great Britain secured individual gold and bronze medals, plus a team silver medal.
The 2004 Paralympic dressage team won 5 gold and 3 bronze medals
UK Sport funding supports the World Class programme which helps develop elite riders for Olympic success and to identify and nurture young talent
The BEF’s coaching programme, also funded by UK Sport, is developing a unified approach, between its Member Bodies, and is working towards the introduction of the UK Coaching Certificate.
British Breeding – the breeding arm of the BEF – encourages British sport horse breeders through schemes such as the Young Horse Evaluation scheme, Breeders’ Futurity scheme and the Breeders’ Quality Mark
The collection of breeding and performance data through a new National Equine Database will enable better equine development. NED-online will be web-based and initially available to horse Passport Issuing Offices from Spring 2006. The aim is to go live for public use by the end of 2006.
Sport England funding supports BEF programmes to improve equestrian facilities, encourage more people to get involved in equestrian sports as participants and volunteers.