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A message from David Holmes


David Holmes July/August 2018


Thankfully the season is now well underway and hopefully the worst of the rain is behind us. I must again thank all of our fantastic organisers and their teams for their hard work and our membership for their patience throughout the challenging start to the season.



Director Elections coming up

You may have seen that nominations are now open for two of the elected Director roles on the BE Board; we strongly encourage members who would like to be involved at Board level to apply for this important role that is critical in terms of directing BE as set out in our Strategic Plan.




Alec Lochore, Janet Plant and their teams delivered another great edition of the the NAF Young Rider Championships at Houghton International and the Charles Owen Pony, Racesafe Junior at Brand Hall. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to our loyal sponsors for their support..


Next up for these riders will be the Youth European Championships which this year for the Ponies are being hosted on home soil at Bishop Burton (9th – 12th August) and Fontainebleau, France, for the Juniors and Young Riders (9th – 15th July). We wish everyone the best of luck and thank the team management, support teams and owners


A highlight of the BE Training & Education Under 18 Programme and the other key date for our under 18 riders is the Regional Team Championships at Frickley Park.  Thank you to William Buck and Vanessa Fleming for delivering the National Saddle Centre BE100u18 and Novice under 18 Regional Team Championships (held at CCIJ1*), and to all the U18 Regional Coordinators, Assistants, Coaches and their teams.



At the end of May the top three riders in the FEI Rankings are all Brits! This is great news and testament to the dedication of our riders and their support staff – and of course the great energy and efforts from Richard Waygood and Chris Bartle. For them the FEI World Equestrian Games is looming large where we have rightly high ambitions.


The Festival of British Eventing is nearly upon us and we are very much looking forward to seeing the five BE Champions anointed at Gatcombe. This is the highlight of the National Calendar and we are grateful to Peter Phillips and his team for all their work in providing such a wonderful event for these National Championships.


Finally, and very importantly, the IT Project continues with the latest update available here