BHS and the Government

As the UK’s foremost equestrian charity, The British Horse Society works closely with the Government in the interests of horses and owners.

We are often consulted on issues such as access, safety and horse welfare, and to help inform legislation that is beneficial to the lives of horses throughout the UK.

This can include: Criminal Record Checks, Rights of Way, Safeguarding Children, Equality, Highway Code and Driver Licensing Laws.

The Government Affairs Register lists all work and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Horse, who meet three times a year in Westminster, raises issues of importance with Parliament and briefs ministers on current issues affecting horses and their owners, riders and drivers.

These meetings are open to all MPs and Peers, and one representative from each of the following organisations is invited to attend:

  • The British Horse Society (The secretariat)
  • British Equine Veterinary Association
  • British Equestrian Federation
  • British Equestrian Trade Association
  • British Horseracing Authority
  • The Horse Trust
  • World Horse Welfare.

Forthcoming meetings

For details of the next APPG meeting, please contact Karen Irving at

View or download meeting minutes below (pdfs):

July 2013
May 2013
January 2013
June 2012
March 2012
December 2011
July 2011
March 2011

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