Equestrianism is an extremely popular and healthy activity for people of all ages. It is a diverse and family-friendly sport. It is one of very few sports where men and women compete on an equal footing. It extends from amateur and community participation to international success.
The equine industry includes anything and everything to do with horses, ponies and donkeys. Equine businesses include riding schools, livery yards, competition yards, trekking centres, breeders, trainers, welfare charities and freelance services and also veterinary services, farriers, feed merchants, tack and clothing manufacturers, shows and event services.
The most recent British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) National Equestrian Survey (2015) indicated that1:
There has been a decline in regular riders, from 1.6 million in 2011 to 1.3 million in 2015
There remains a strong gender bias, with females representing 74% of the riding population
- In 2015, there are an estimated 962,000 female regular riders compared with 348,000 males.
Sources (correct as of February 2015)
 BETA survey 2010-2011