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Equestrian

British Equestrian Federation

Contact Name
British Equestrian Federation
Contact Email
info@bef.co.uk
Contact Telephone
02476 698871

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Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 - Sun, 23 Dec 2018

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 - Thu, 21 Mar 2019

What is Equestrian?

Horse riding, or equestrian sport, refers to the skill of training and riding horses.

Horses can be used for riding, driving and vaulting (the sport of gymnastics on the back of a horse). Horse riding can include a huge range of activities such as dressage, jumping, pleasure riding and for therapeutic reasons. Horse riding is a sport that anyone, regardless of age, ability or background can have a go at!

The most enjoyable aspect to horse riding is the bond you create with a horse or pony whilst being outside in the fresh air, once you have mastered the basics there are a number of equestrian disciplines and equine sports you could specialise in as your confidence, skill and knowledge grows.

Sitting on a horse may not seem like an obvious form of exercise but it pretty much involves all the muscles in your body, between ensuring posture and balance, and controlling the horse.

Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as the highest expression of horse training, where horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.

Eventing is the ultimate equestrian challenge combining the skill of dressage, the precision of show jumping and the bravery and boldness of the cross country phase into one exciting activity.

Show jumping takes place over a course of obstacles, which can include verticals, spreads, double and triple combinations, usually with many turns and changes of direction.

Costs

Lesson prices vary across the country but an hour lesson can cost around £50

Equipment

The majority of riding centres and schools provide horses for use in any lesson or session, as well as essential equipment such as a riding hats and saddle. Other recommended pieces such as body protectors, jodhpurs and riding boots can be bought from equine retailers.

Campaigns

Make your Move

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Watch top level sport in Leicester-Shire

Leicestershire and Leicester's amazing sporting offer.

Local Programmes

National Programmes

Hoof Ride

Hoof Ride is the British Equestrian Federation's participation programme that aims to get more people horse riding and enjoying equestrian sport.

Partners

  • Equality Standard
    H&B LSA
    Harborough LSA
    NWL LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    O&W LSA
    Safeguarding
    County Sport Network
    Active Rutland
  • Melton LSA
    Sport England
    Active Leicester
    Charnwood LSA

Partners

  • Equality Standard
    Harborough LSA
  • NWL LSA
    County Sport Network
  • O&W LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Active Leicester
    H&B LSA
  • Sport England
    Charnwood LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Active Rutland
  • Blaby LSA
    Melton LSA