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British and Irish equestrian federations target environmental impact

January 18 2023

British Equestrian (BEF) and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) have teamed up on a new project which will lessen the environmental impact at organisational and industry level for equestrian sports.

British and Irish equestrian federations target environmental impact

The two organisations will focus attention on the responsibility to the environment through actions and leadership practices and have made this a priority for 2023. The anticipated five-month project will take place over three phases including research, mapping exercise, analysis, recommendations and a stakeholder engagement plan.

The partners said the resulting recommendations and road map will benefit both organisations at an operational level, provide a framework for their stakeholder bodies and inspire the overall equestrian community to achieve effective change long term to safeguard the environment.

The partnership is a collaboration with sustainability agency White Griffin, with the European Equestrian Federation (EEF) also a project stakeholder.

“We all collectively have a responsibility for our environment, to ensure a sustainable future and we’re delighted to be working with Horse Sport Ireland and White Griffin on this essential project for the equestrian industry.” BEF chief executive Jim Eyre
“We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the British Equestrian Federation and White Griffin on behalf of the Irish Equestrian Industry, together with industry support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, European Equestrian Federation and Sport England." HIS chief executive Denis Duggan
“Environmental Sustainability is key to the future of the equestrian industry nationally, internationally and has an impact on our daily lives. This research will provide a roadmap to understand the opportunities for our sector to embrace policy changes and provide direction for ongoing symbiosis with our natural world.”

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