National regulatory bodies, member bodies, associations and membership clubs connected to the equestrian world.

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The Equine Behaviour Affiliation (EBA) is a body of like-minded qualified equine behaviourists who share a vision; to create and support an open-minded community of people interested in improving equine welfare to effect long-term behaviour change.  To achieve this, we encourage discussion and offer:

  • EBA training courses, open to anyone with access to horses
  • Mentoring and training for any equine behaviourist, at any stage of their career
  • A register of EBA Accredited Behaviourists to serve the horse-owning public
  • CPD to disseminate and discuss new information and encourage excellence.

 The impacts of stress - and the wide variety of behavioural and physical expressions resulting - are thoroughly supported by an ever-growing multi-disciplinary body of research. Yet, many traditional beliefs about the management and training of horses persist.  Beliefs such as the natural equine hierarchical structure, ‘normal’ levels of aggression, autonomy creates disobedience, and the horse’s motivations for behaviours that appear disagreeable to us.

 Training techniques and learning theories are one piece of a larger puzzle in behaviour change.  Rather, we feel it is paramount:

  • to pursue a deeper understanding of assessing and improving their complete environment.
  • to understand the impacts of management and how to address trauma and stress-related issues.
  • to explore how mental health impacts upon physical health, and
  • to develop healthy, sustainable relationships between people and equines.

 A deeper understanding and real connection benefits people and horses alike - leading to safer, healthier co-operation between species.

 EBA members are passionate about disseminating this approach and actively exploring the profound effects of domestication in our attempts to enhance equine welfare and horse-human relationships. We seek to work in harmony with well-established and excellent organisations, such as IAABC, to improve professional behaviourist practices and broaden awareness of ethical management and training.

 Do you want to find out more? Join us!  We welcome all within the equestrian world: novices, professionals or fellow equine behaviourists.

Equine Behaviour Affiliation
Tel: 07986 815111
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The National Schools' Equestrian Association (NSEA) has been established since 1991. Our aim is to promote and encourage the participation in and recognition of equestrian sport within schools in Great Britain.The NSEA is the recognised body for equestrianism in schools throughout the UK, providing intra and inter-schools competitions for team and individual riders. Competitions for teams and individuals start at Grass Roots level and build up to National Schools qualifiers and annual Championships.We are an Independant Partner of the British Horse Society and work closely with the BEF and the governing bodies on a number of projects in order to produce the best opportunities for inter-school equestrian sport.
National Schools Equestrian Association
East Sussex
Tel: 07552 836032
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Endurance GB is the National Governing Body for the sport of Endurance Riding. It encompasses 23 local Groups throughout England and Wales who organise social events and rides from 8km (5miles) which are non-competitive or social/training rides, right up to 160km competitive rides (100 miles) for the most advanced horse and rider - we pride ourselves on offering a full calendar of events for every level and ambition of rider.
Endurance GB
Tel: 02476 697929
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The BSPS is the Premier Showing Society in the United Kingdom. The membership is divided into 24 franchised Areas around the country which organise regional shows, training days, points parties and social events. Whether you own or ride a Show Pony, Show Hunter Pony, Working Hunter Pony or Mountain and Moorland (adult riders included) the BSPS is for you! The Society offers three quality, well run Championship Shows each year; the Winter Championships, Summer Championships and Heritage Championships. Membership enables you to qualify and compete at the prestigious Royal International Horse Show, Olympia, The London International Horse Show and the Horse of the Year Show.
British Show Pony Society
Tel: 01487 831376
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All centres have qualified Instructors, Insurance, Child Protection & First Aid. When taking up riding, be sure to use an AIRE Centre for the safety of yourself or your child. Centres offer a wide choice of riding facility for every level of rider.
Association of Irish Riding Establishments Ltd (AIRE)
Co Kildare
Tel: +353 45 854518
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The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation for young people interested in ponies and riding. Founded in England in 1929, and granted independent charitable status on 1st January 1997, there are around 340 Branches and 480 Centres in the UK alone. The Pony Club has been the starting point for a large majority of equestrian team members and medal winners. The Pony Club is represented in no less than 27 countries with a worldwide membership exceeding 110,000 making it the largest association of young riders in the world.
The Pony Club
Tel: 02476 698300
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All riding schools, according to law, must hold a licence to operate their business and the Riding Establishments Act 1964 1970 Licence is granted by Local Authorities. An ‘Approved School’ is an establishment which has been inspected and found to be satisfactory by one of the national Approved Schemes. The Association of British Riding Schools conducts such a scheme, setting a high standard for horse care and requires to be satisfied that the instruction given is well presented and correct in .content. The size of the establishment is immaterial and we have both very large and very small fully approved member schools.
Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS)
West Sussex
Tel: 01403 790294
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The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is committed to serve and lead the equine veterinary profession in the championing of high standards of equine health and welfare and the promotion of scientific excellence and education throughout the world. BEVA is a world leading equine veterinary association with over 2,800 members globally. BEVA is a highly regarded authority representing the industry at the highest level, running outstanding CPD and producing universally respected journals
British Equine Veterinary Association
Tel: 01638 723555
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Founded in 1999, EAGALA is the leading international non-profit association for professionals using equine therapy to work with people with emotional and development needs. Our vision is that all people will have access to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. There are now over 600 EAGALA programs, with professionals trained and certified through EAGALA, providing services helping change the lives of people with a diverse range of issues such as street children in Mexico and South Africa, those suffering from addictions, depression and trauma, and improving relationships in families and groups. EAGALA has over 4,000 members in 49 countries.
Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (EAGALA)
Tel: 07949 862464
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Equine Shiatsu has had a professional organisation since 2002. The Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA) exists to publicise the benefits of Shiatsu on horses and is a support forum for people practising and training in Equine Shiatsu. tESA holds a Register of Practitioners in Scotland, England and also Europe who have attained a professional level of expertise in Shiatsu, and has a Code of Ethics to which members must adhere.
The Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA)
Tel: 01821 642334
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The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) is a Clinical Interest Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and represents the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. Animals, like people, respond to physiotherapy. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance. ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSP's) who have also trained in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals.
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT)
Tel: 01295 738204
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The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) is the governing body for polo in the UK, Ireland and many other countries throughout the world. As such, it is responsible for the regulations and rules under which the game is played. This includes the handicapping of any one playing in the U.K. or Ireland, and the fixtures list. The object of the HPA is to further the interests of polo generally and support by all possible means the common interests of its affiliated clubs and associations. In 2004, the HPA became an incorporated company limited by guarantee. The directors of the company are the Stewards who form an executive committee which meets usually four times a year.
The Hurlingham Polo Association
Tel: 01367 242828
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Forces Equine is an organisation dedicated to equine forces and public service communities. Originally Forces Equine was set up as a central portal for the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Forces, Police, Emergency Services horse riders and their families, to meet, communicate, share ideas and interact within their equine communities. To date, Forces Equine has grown beyond belief and although we still support these communities, Forces Equine stands for a lot more. Forces Equine is the number one organisation that listens, supports & integrates with any Equine Forces within HM Forces, Government Services or Public Services & their dependents, Forces Equine helps in any way that it can. We are not endorsed by any of the above, nor do we represent them in an official capacity. We offer a non-obligation service & affiliation to an organisation with members that understand you, your life style and appreciate your abilities with the equine fields.
Forces Equine
Tel: 01522 370284
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At the International Association of Animal Therapists our primary objective is to promote excellence in animal therapy. The Association is an international group of therapists who work under veterinary referral. Our registered therapists cover many services including Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Manipulation, Massage, Hydrotherapy and the IAAT is recognised by all major insurance companies. Our therapists have completed recognised and thorough training programmes, are fully insured, adhere to the Veterinary Act and are committed to continuous professional development.
International Association of Animal Therapists
Tel: 01844 290545
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Our mission at ESMA is: To ensure the client receives services from a fully trained and qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. To maintain a high standard of practice and code of conduct by all its members.
Equine Sports Massage Association
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The WorldWide Association of Equine Dentists is an independent association of equine dentists. Only equine dentists can belong to the association and all members must conform to the strict Code of Conduct and Standards of Practise that the association embodies. We do not train people to become equine dentists, we only take applications from equine dentists that already have a business, be that part time or full time. We then utilise our own internal procedures and examinations to ensure that they are capable of performing to the standards of the association. No other group or association test their membership in this rigorous manner, and we do so to ensure that you the horse owner, and your horses receive a guaranteed standard of service.
WorldWide Association of Equine Dentistry (WWAED)
Tel: 07740 409079
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The European School of Equine Bowen Therapy has set the standard for Equine Bowen training in the UK for over a decade. Our practitioners have been trained to the highest level making them the most respected and professional Equine Bowen Therapists working in the UK and beyond. Once qualified, our registered Equine Bowen Practitioners are supported with continued professional development opportunities, to ensure they remain at the fore front of this growing area of Bowen Therapy.
European School of Equine Bowen Therapy
Tel: 01242 251465
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British Eventing, are the National Governing Body for the sport of Eventing in Great Britain. Eventing is a unique combination of all the disciplines of dressage, cross country over fixed fences and show jumping in one exciting activity. BE also owns and runs the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. It's a sport that engages all ages and has equal opportunities to compete. We regulate as well as schedule more than 180 events throughout Britain that cater for nearly 94,000 entries per season (Mar-Oct). British Eventing has more than 15,000 members and provides access to cater for riders from grassroots to those performing at international level.
British Eventing
Tel: 0845 262 3344
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The mission of the Farriers Registration Council is to maintain and develop standards of equine foot welfare in Great Britain by ensuring that, as far as possible, only suitably qualified persons shoe horses, that Farriers maintain and improve their professional standards, and that the public are aware of the regulatory processes.
The Farriers Registration Council
Tel: 01733 319911
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At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. Our network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, showjumping and Hippotherapy to up to 28,000 people each year. We have been carrying out our life-changing activities for over 40 years, and take great pride in the exceptional standard of our instructors and volunteers (18,000 in all). We offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability – and you’re just as likely to find an RDA Group in an urban setting as a rural one.
Riding for the Disabled Association
Tel: 0845 6581082
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The British Grooms Association is the professional membership organisation for grooms of all levels across all disciplines. It brings together all who work hands on with horses offering support, dedicated career advice and promotes professionalism and good horsemanship. The BGA is the professional body for people who work with horses.It is a social enterprise and is non profit making. The BGA welcomes all grooms who work in the UK and British grooms who work abroad. BGA members can be employed grooms, students or freelancers.
British Grooms Association (BGA)
Tel: 0845 3316039
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The Society of Master Saddlers (UK) Ltd was formed in 1966 to serve as a Trade Association for the craft retail saddler, but has since embraced all aspects of the Trade. The Society's aims are to safeguard the quality of work, services, training and qualifications of all those who work in the saddlery trade from manufacturers and retailers through individual craftspeople and saddle fitters.
The Society of Master Saddlers
Tel: 01449 711642
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The International Equine Body Worker Association (IEBWA) , was founded to serve as a central and focal point for both student and graduate Equine Body Workers from around the world. Membership of the IEBWA is only considered if the member in question carries full indemnity insurance, which in turn protects and benefits the horse, the client, the Body Worker and the profession as a whole. The IEBWA seeks to enhance the knowledge and practice of equine body work by offering quality support in educational programs, professional guidelines, community awareness and scientific research. Professional ethics, which include obtaining veterinary approval, are strongly emphasised within the IEBWA.
International Equine Body Workers Association (IEBWA)
Tel: 01277 225201
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In August 1995 the English Reining Horse Association was founded. By April 1996 membership had grown to 46 and the name had changed to British Reining Horse Association. That year was also when our affiliation was accepted by the NRHA. By 2003 membership had grown to 119 and another name change was approved, namely British Reining (BR) and we incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee. By becoming a member of British Reining you will be joining the National Affiliate of reining - the NRHA in the USA, and also the Member Body of BEF in the UK. Reining is the fastest growing equestrian sport in the UK, and you will find British Reining members to be highly supportive and friendly, although competition is high in the arena.
British Reining
Leighton Bromswold
Tel: 07711 414185
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The British Association Of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT) founded in 2001, is an organisation for qualified professional Equine Dental Technicians, promoting the professional training of technicians and to provide greater understanding of the need for equine dentistry to the general public. Veterinarians and practicing EDT’s realised there was a great need for having a recognised examination and code of conduct for those who wished to look at horses teeth. This was to give the horse owning public and vets a list of people who have been rigorously examined by The British Equine Veterinary Association and the British Veterinary Dental Association,have agreed to abide by performance guidelines, a code of conduct and are all fully insured.
British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT)
Tel: 07500 462669
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The Society of Equine Behaviour Consultants (SEBC) is the professional body regulating the practice of registered Equine Behaviour Consultants in the UK. The Society maintains a register of qualified and insured equine behaviour consultants. The Society also provides education, examination and CPD for Equine Behaviour Consultants. The Society aims to protect the public and horses by maintaining the register, making this accessible to the public and related professions and publicising and promoting the use of qualified and insured Equine Behaviour Consultants. Equine Behaviour Consultants work to a strict code of professional practice, prioritising safety and welfare and offering the highest standards of customer service.
Society of Equine Behaviour Consultants (SEBC)
Tel: 07884 030533
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15+ Horse & Pony Events
Tel: 01588 650180
Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA)
Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01359 245801
Arabian Racing Organisation Ltd
Tel: 01635 524445
Association for Nutrition
Tel: 0207 291 8352
Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA)
Tel: 01606 786782
Association of Masters of Harriers & Beagles (AMHB)
Tel: 01285 653001
Association of Private Pet Cemeteries & Crematoria APPCC
Tel: 01252 844478
Association of Show & Agricultural Organisations
Tel: 01749 814086
BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association)
West Yorkshire
Tel: 01937 587062
British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA)
British Association of Green Crop Driers (BAGCD)
Tel: 01522 523322
British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS)
North Yorkshire
Tel: 07768 322075
British Carriagedriving
Tel: 0845 6432116
British Dressage
West Midlands
Tel: 02476 698830
British Equestrian Federation
Tel: 02476 698871
British Equestrian Vaulting
Tel: 01386 47390
British Equestrian Writers Asssociation (BEWA)
Tel: 01252 555031
British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association
Tel: 024 7669 6595
British Horse Loggers
Tel: 07986 337205
British Horseball Association
New Barnet
Tel: 07717 360166
British Oat & Barley Millers Association (BOBMA)
Tel: 0207 420 7205
British Riding Clubs
Tel: 02476 840518
British Showjumping
West Midlands
Tel: 02476 698800
British Showjumping Association Scotland (British Showjumping)
Byways & Bridleways Trust
West Yorkshire
Tel: 01422 379841
CLA (Country Land & Business Association Ltd)
Tel: 0207 2350511
Channel Islands Racing & Hunt Club (CIRHC)
Channel Islands
Tel: 07797 746993
Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
Tel: 0116 234 7278
Clwyd Welsh Pony & Cob Association
Tel: 01978 812860
Countryside Alliance
Tel: 0207 840 9300
DEFRA - Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Tel: 03459 335577
Disclosure & Barring Service
Royal Wootton Bassett
Tel: 03000 200 190
Down Royal Corporation of Horse Breeders
Co Down
Tel: 0289 262 1256
Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association (ECHHA)
Bury St Edmonds
Tel: 01359 760189
Equine Behaviour Forum
Tel: 01423 770144

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