‘Wel­come, BEF’s Nick Fel­lows, to the fray’

Horse & Hound - - News Insider - Sarah Jenk­ins, Con­tent di­rec­tor

THE Bri­tish Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion has ap­pointed a new CEO fol­low­ing Clare Sal­mon’s de­par­ture last year amid con­cern over cul­ture and gov­er­nance within the in­sti­tu­tion and in­ter­ac­tion of some mem­ber bod­ies. Wel­come,

Nick Fel­lows, to the fray.

Mr Fel­lows will no doubt be de­rided by some for not hav­ing an eques­trian back­ground — be­fore he has even had a chance to prove what he might be able to do for their ben­e­fit. I don’t be­lieve he needs to have ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers’ lives in or­der to bet­ter their sit­u­a­tions, just a clear un­der­stand­ing. I trust he will quickly win over any scep­tics with ac­tion.

Back to the horses, word is you can add 20% to the price of any you are sell­ing if it is a dun. I say dun, I could mean buck­skin. Di­lutes are not my strong point. Ei­ther way, they cer­tainly hold a par­tic­u­lar charm, be it for their rar­ity or al­lu­sion to rock­ing horses.

I learnt to ride on a dun. She was — unimag­i­na­tively — named Dusty. She was per­fect. My 10-year-old self cried for most of the af­ter­noon when she was shot. I can­not, as the say­ing goes, think of a bad ’un — though it’s amus­ing to imag­ine all those set on re­bel­liously break­ing the stereo­type for their un­sus­pect­ing buy­ers.

Horse buy­ing re­mains a mine­field. We have a plethora of sage ad­vice on the topic this week. Be a wise horse buyer. Ask all the ques­tions. Go back for a se­cond view­ing. Ne­go­ti­ate from the ask­ing price. Fol­low your head, not your heart. Un­less, of course, it’s a dun.

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