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National Societies and Associations

The British Horse Society (BHS)

The Society has over 91,000 members. 

There are 34,000 BRC members. 

There are 120 BHS Equestrian Access Groups and 238 volunteer Bridleways Officers. 

There are currently 895 BHS Approved Centres in the UK, Ireland and worldwide. 

There are over 2,000 BHS Accredited Professional Coaches. 

During 2014, approximately 8,000 candidates sat BHS assessments across the range of our provision from Stage 1 through to Fellowship, including the BHS Riding & Road Safety Test and Horse Owners Certificates.

BHS Welfare Officers responded to more than 1,400 reported welfare issues in 2014. 

By the end of 2014, the BHS had issued 35,507 horse passports. 

The Pony Club 

The Pony Club, a national youth charity, has over 345 branches and 600 centres in the UK. In 2012, it had 30,674 members.

In 2014, The Pony Club celebrated its 85th anniversary. It is the largest youth equestrian organisation in the world1.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) 

The Riding for the Disabled Association has 500 volunteer groups across the UK and 18,000 volunteers, helping 28,000 people take part in riding, carriage driving, vaulting and showjumping activities each year2.

British Showjumping (BS) 

British Showjumping manages more than 2,900 shows each year, providing in excess of 3,600 days of competition for its members3

British Eventing (BE) 

British Eventing regulate, as well as schedule, more than 180 events throughout Britain that cater for nearly 94,000 entries per season (March - October). British Eventing has more than 11,000 members4.

Endurance GB 

Endurance GB provides and manages well over 100 competitive events a year for its members, as well as many social and pleasure rides to encourage non-members5.

The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) 

The Hurlingham Polo Association is the governing body affiliated polo clubs and associations in the UK and Ireland and also overseas. 

In 2013, there were just under 3,000 members registered with and handicapped by the HPA6


Sources (correct as of February 2015) 

[1] Pony Club - History and Statistics

[2] Riding for the Disabled Assocation - About RDA

[3] British Showjumping - About us

[4] British Eventing - About British Eventing

[5] Endurance GB - About

[6] The HPA - About HPA

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