29 October 2020

Vacancy - Chief Executive

British Equestrian is the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK. It is the umbrella organisation for its 18 independent member bodies and today is the largest representative body within the equestrian industry in the UK; representing the interests of over 3 million riders, vaulters and carriage drivers (14 members and four associates).

This is a critical and exciting time to take up the post of Chief Executive of British Equestrian. Candidates will require the personal credibility to represent and promote UK Equestrian Sport at the highest international levels, to engage with the diverse interests and needs of its 18 Member Body constituencies and to build a sustainable future for the Federation.

Get more information and application form here

21 October 2020

Zilpaterol contamination in equine feedstuffs

British Equestrian has been made aware that several feed companies who distribute in the United Kingdom may also have products contaminated with the banned substance Zilpaterol, which was in a shipment of molasses used in the manufacturing process. Products of several other equine feed companies, besides GAIN Equine Nutrition, may also have been affected by the shipment of contaminated molasses, suspected of containing the banned substance Zilpaterol.

We understand that the companies in question are contacting customers directly to advise on the batches that may have been affected and to replace the contaminated feed.

As a banned substance, Zilpaterol, may be detected in samples taken from horses competing under FEI discipline member body rules, where the FEI and/or BEF anti-doping rules will apply, and subsequent penalties could be imposed in the case of any positive samples.

It is strongly advised that horses that may have inadvertently ingested Zilpaterol are withdrawn from competition.

Riders or drivers of horses who are liable to be tested, and have not been contacted by their feed manufacturer already, should contact them immediately for any update the manufacturer may be able to offer on the status of their products.

Further information on contamination prevention can be found here

British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) statement (released 23 October):

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15 October 2020

Equine activity survey

The British Horse Society would like to learn more about your activity when caring for and exercising your horse, pony, donkey or mule and particularly your activity when using public roads and off-road tracks together. Please take 10-15 mins to fill out our equine activity survey.


We want to hear from you even if you don’t hack out or use public roads – we would like to know why!

So if you own, loan or share any of the above equids and live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please take part. This is part of a larger study looking into equestrian road safety and there is an opportunity for you to volunteer to take part in the study further if you are interested. 

Here is also a link to a page on the BHS news website: https://www.bhs.org.uk/our-charity/press-centre/news/2020/october/equine-activity-survey

Business rates survey

In addition, the BHS has just launched the second part of their business rates survey. It would be great if this could be shared with your members. The more responses they get, the stronger their voice will be with Government. Hopefully we will get a good response.


5 October 2020

GAIN Equine Nutrition wishes to advise its customers that it is investigating the potential presence of a contaminant in some batches of our equine feed range.

Until further investigations are completed, GAIN customers with competing horses are advised to refrain from feeding our products to their animals across all disciplines.

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2 October 2020

ABRS launches membership services for Livery Yards

The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) is delighted to announce the launch of a new dedicated membership pathway which recognises and promotes the high standards of livery yards. The decision to expand membership to include livery yards came following a number of focus groups, run in conjunction with LiveryList.

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2 October 2020

Full Time Driving & Riding Coach/trainer – Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre

Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre CIC is a non-profit social enterprise near Lockerbie in south west Scotland with a national reputation in both outdoor and indoor carriage driving. We are looking for a full-time equestrian coach to join our small successful team at a busy yard. We have extensive stabling and grazing pastures, turnout

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