New joint approach for British Olympic equestrian disciplines

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Britain’s Rio 2016 Olympic jumping gold medalist Nick Skelton. © Hippo Foto – Dirk Caremans

Britain’s Olympic equestrian disciplines are looking at closer collaboration across horse sport, with a working party set up between the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping. 

The working party will review all aspects of the operation, including shared services, in order to identify efficiencies across the Federation and develop a joint approach to deliver the strategic objectives of each organisation.

This follows recent discussions between the BEF Interim Chair Malcolm Wharton and Interim Chief Executive Iain Graham, and Boards of each of the Olympic Disciplines.

Where potential opportunities can be identified, a range of solutions and initiatives will be put forward for further consideration. It is envisaged that these outcomes will benefit not only those organisations involved, but enable all member bodies to support equestrian sport more effectively as a whole.

“We have discussed the principle of working more closely together with the Boards of each sport and I am very encouraged by the initial response we have had,” Wharton said.

“It is early days and undoubtedly it will take some time to develop and test ideas, however, I am confident that we can find new ways of collaborating that will ultimately benefit all who enjoy equestrian sports.”

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