The British Horse Society celebrated its 65th birthday this week.
It was founded on November 5, 1947, with the amalgamation of two organisations – the Institute of the Horse and Pony Club, and the National Horse Association of Great Britain.
Originally based in London, the society relocated to Warwickshire in 1967, first to the Royal Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh, and then in 1997 a few miles up the road to its current location at Abbey Park in Stareton.
In its 65-year history it has witnessed an enormous growth in riding as a leisure activity and its staff and volunteers have worked hard across the decades to ensure that the welfare of the horse and the safety of riders continue to remain paramount.
The society said its recent rapid increase in membership has shown that interest in horses and ponies, and equestrianism in general, is stronger than ever in Britain.