Or­gan­i­sa­tions unite to form an equine coun­cil

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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

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