Organisations and online resources dedicated to promoting and improving equestrian sports and horse riding.
There are a great many organisations with equestrian websites dedicated to equestrian sports and to the horse or equine pursuits.
We’ve included below just a few of these with live links to their equestrian websites. Each site opens in a new window and hopefully is stuffed full of the information you are looking for.
We have no affiliation with these equestrian websites nor do we benefit in any way from adding them here.
General Society & Membership – Equestrian Websites
- British Horse Society – The British Horse Society was founded in 1947 with the amalgamation of two organisations – the Institute of the Horse and Pony Club, and the National Horse Association of Great Britain. The BHS is a registered charity – number 210504 – and its activities are overseen by the Charity Commissioners. The Patron of the Society is Her Majesty The Queen.
- British Horseball Association – Horseball pits four players, who can be of either sex and any age over 8, against each other. They compete in halves of 10 minutes each on a pitch that is no more than 70 metres by 30 metres. The size of the horseball pitch means that players are always in close contact, much as in the forward play in rugby, and ensures that the game is played in short, exciting bursts. The aim of the game is to win the ball, make a minimum of three consecutive passes of the ball between at least three team-members, and to shoot it through a hoop 1 metre in diameter and 3.5 metres off the ground.
- British Veterinary Association – The British Veterinary Association represents the veterinary profession and helps members fulfil their professional roles. It is the national representative body for the veterinary profession with over 11,000 members and promotes and supports the interests of its members, and the animals under their care.
- Endurance GB – Endurance GB The Competitive Long Distance Horse Riding Society for England and Wales. "Our mission is to promote and enhance the sport of Endurance (Competitive Long Distance) Riding within the United Kingdom, by providing competition, training and development opportunities that will appeal to all levels of rider from beginner to world class winner".
- Equine Grass Sickness Fund – The Equine Grass Sickness Fund is a registered charity dedicated to supporting and advancing research into grass sickness and further improving the treatment of chronic cases. Grass Sickness, a devastating disease first seen in horses in Angus, Scotland around 1907, remains one of the great unsolved mysteries, and consequently one of the most feared by horse owners.
- The Arab Horse Society – The Arab Horse Society is the United Kingdom breed authority for the registration, promotion and welfare of the Arab horse. Founded in 1918, the Society is a registered charity and promotes the breeding and importation of Pure Bred Arabian horses and to encourage the wider use of Arab blood in light horse and pony breeding. The Society publishes Pure Bred Arab and Anglo Arab Stud Books and maintains a register for Part Bred Arabs. It also operates a Premium Scheme to promote the use of Arab blood in performance horses.
- The Association of British Riding Schools – The ABRS has Britain’s longest established riding school approval scheme (since 1954). It is the only organisation solely representing professional riding school proprietors and is thus ideally placed to assist and guide young people seeking careers with horses. It has a wide ranging examination and testing system which enables teenagers to build up worthwhile gradings and certificates in preparation for leaving school and taking up full time training.
- The British Equine Veterinary Association – BEVA is an association for veterinary surgeons who are interested in horses. Membership offers a range of benefits. BEVA holds meetings at which the latest information on equine matters is presented.
- The British Horse Driving Society – Whatever your interest – pleasure driving or competing, singles, pairs or multiples – The British Driving Society is here to help and encourage you. Local Area Commissioners are on hand to give you guidance. Whether you are a beginner or need to brush up on your technique, the British Driving Society has a panel of qualified instructors.
- The British Horse Driving Trials Association – Anyone who is interested in carriage driving, particularly if they wish to compete, should consider joining the British Horse Driving Trials Association. Among many membership benefits are – Members’ Personal Liability insurance cover, eligibility to drive or groom at National driving trials, information packed yearbook, BHDTA clinics with the country’s top driving experts and help, advice and information from the BHDTA driving committees.
- The Pony Club – The Pony Club in an international voluntary youth organisation for those interested in ponies and riding. It is the largest association of riders in the world. It is represented in no less than 14 countries and has a membership exceeding 110,000.
- The Shire Horse Society – A comprehensive listing of SOCIETY SHOWS AND EVENTS including affiliated Society Shows around the country. A HERITAGE section to learn about the history of the Shire Horse, with details of the development of the breed and its role in modern day society. Complete BREED STANDARD of points for stallions, mares and geldings. Helpful REGISTRATION GUIDE for breeders and owners with sections on DNA sampling and a full listing of fees
- UK Chasers & Riders – From very small beginnings in 1987 when UK Chasers was first dreamt up around a farmhouse kitchen table it has grown into a bigger and more diverse organisation than anyone could have imagined! UK Chasers – gives access to 40 (and growing) farm based off road riding and schooling courses. Over 140 miles of maintained grass tracks with over 1000 properly built optional jumps. UK Riders – gives you eligibility to Enter The Challenge, an annual national competition series in dressage and show jumping for unafiliated riders culminating in the prestigious National Final, which is held in the centre of the country during the Autumn.
- The Side Saddle Association – In 1974, Janet Macdonald and Valerie Francis wrote a letter to “Horse & Hound” hoping to gather a band of like-minded enthusiasts to keep alive a dying art. From this, the “Side Saddle Association” was born and over the years has become respected throughout the UK and abroad, evolving into the Association we know today, with over 1200 members, including Junior and Overseas members.