Organisations unite to form an equine council
Two organisations have joined together to improve the health and welfare of horses. The British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC) and the Equine Sector Council have combined to form the British Horse Council. The British Horse Council will act as one body to encompass all areas of the equestrian sector, including sport, racing, breeding and driving. It will also oversee the welfare of all horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids. While the BHIC and Equine Sector Council have worked together before, the move means that communication with government departments can come from one voice that speaks for the whole of the equestrian world. Speaking at the National Equine Forum, Lynn Petersen, chair of the BHIC, said: “The first thing I asked when becoming chair was why there were two organisations doing the same thing. My question was whether we could find a way to join forces, since we’re all focusing on the same challenges. With Brexit looming, there’s no better time to promote our industry, which contributes so much.” She added that organising the movement of horses between Northern and Southern Ireland post-Brexit would be high on the new British Horse Council’s agenda.
The British Horse Council will be the voice for horses of all shapes and sizes