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