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British Equestrian Federation

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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 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.

The BEF is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 4.2 million riders, vaulters and carriage drivers in Great Britain via 18 independent member bodies.

British Showjumping is an Olympic Sport and competes under the Team GBR banner at least once a year whether it be at the European Championships, the World Equestrian Games or the Olympics.

British Showjumping has classes to cater for all levels of ability whether you simply want to compete occasionally at weekends over a 70cm course or aim eventually, for top class competitions at the Royal International Horse Show, Horse of the Year Show or Olympia.

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.


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


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.


  • It has been part of the Olympic programme since 1912, although until 1948 only men competed in the events as the riders had to be officers.
  • Women have competed since the Helsinki Games in 1952.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

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.

Take Back the Reins

Take Back The Reins is a structured series of horse riding lessons that provides coaching specifically designed to support a rider's first steps into the saddle.

Local Contacts

Charlotte Osborne

Participation Manager

British Equestrian Federation

02476 698877

Lindsay McCallum

Regional Participation Coordinator

British Equestrian Federation

07957 308073


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    Blaby District Council
  • County Sport Network
    Leicestershire County Council
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    Melton Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Equality Standard
  • Age UK L&R
    Sport England
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Loughborough University