The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK, affiliated to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sports. It exists to provide leadership, vision and purpose in steering the direction of equestrianism. Its patron is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
The BEF is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 4.2 million riders, vaulters and carriage drivers in Great Britain via 19 independent member bodies (15 members and 4 associates). Established in 1972 it is the largest representative body within the equestrian industry and together with the British Horse Racing Board and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association forms the British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC). Click to read the BEF's five year strategy
Hoof Legacy Campaign
Hoof is the British Equestrian Federation’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy campaign which aims to encourage more people to take up horse riding, driving, vaulting and volunteering. By connecting people to riding centres, schools, clubs and equestrian sporting organisations, Hoof is helping more people to discover horses, get fit and improve their well being.
By targeting specific social groups - disabled people, underprivileged children and those who might not otherwise be able to access horse riding - the Hoof legacy project is quelling common perceptions of riding through effective communications via the use of mechanical horses at sports events, the new Hoof website, and through social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, Hoof can focus upon increasing the provision of ‘riding for all’, through inner city schools and other special projects.
Regional Hoof Networks have been set up England wide to offer advice, guidance and support to help equestrian businesses grow. Regular forums aim to address equestrian industry challenges, raise standards and share good practice.These networks are an important part of the BEF’s plan to achieve increased participation through attracting new people into horse riding on a local scale, as well as maintaining opportunities and raising standards for those already enjoying equestrian sport.