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A message from David Holmes


David Holmes        

February 2018


Here we go.....


We are nearly at the start of another great season of eventing excitement. In the last couple of months there has been much internal activity at British Eventing to prepare for the new season, with the all important Officials' Conference designed to ensure that our officials - who are critical to the successful governance of the national events- are up to date with the current rules and prepared for the busy season ahead.


Similarly, many of our massively important fence judges have been attending Fence Judge Training the length and breadth of Great Britain to ensure that they are similarly well equipped to carry out their vital roles on event. Many others also attended a wide range of rider and coach education, supported by the BE Charitable Foundation.


The IT Transformation Project (ITTP) continues apace and work has been going on behind the scenes this winter to prepare for the launch of the new website this summer - an important milestone that will bring together the delivery of the core IT project. The Salesforce platform functioned well this January (not without the occasional bug), with thousands of members and horse registrations completed successfully in what is the busiest time of year for the database.  See more details about the ITTP here.


The Commercial strategy has also been moving forward. We held a very successful first Commercial Forum for event organisers at the end of January, with the aim of supporting organisers with the commercial offering to sponsors and also with the upcoming implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulations. 


January also saw the successful launch of the BE Life Online - a complement to the members' magazine. The new website hosts some features from the magazine, but also a range of new lifestyle content - including videos - on horse care, training advice, events, travel, products and riders.  


The Jumping and Style, Jump Training and Arena Eventing series have been extremely successful again thisyear and we would like to thank Baileys for their continuing loyal support.  


Finally, good luck to everyone for the forthcoming season - enjoy and bring on the sun!

*BE Magazine come free to BE members but subscriptions are available.  BE Membership is available for as little as £25 a year.


BE Strategy 2016 - 2020

During 2015 David Holmes with his team at HQ and the Board of Directors developed a 5 year strategy for the organisation.  The end result of the process, which included a consultation day with the strategy group listed below, is the strategic 'Plan on a Page' which sets out the direction for the sport and the business for the next 5 years.  Underpinning this Plan on a Page is the operational plan that David and his management team at HQ implement to achieve the goals set out in the strategy.  

The Plan on a Page can be downloaded HERE

The Strategy Consultation Group members were:

  • Board Directors Paul Hodgson, Suzi Cotterill, Alex Fox, Tim Holderness Roddam, Guy Prest, Giles Rowsell, Nigel Taylor
  • Jane Holderness Roddam – President of British Eventing
  • BE Staff @ Head Quarters: Wendy McGowan (Chief Operating Officer), Andrew Kirkby (Chief Information Officer), Debbie Marfell (Sport Manager – Events), Chris Farr (Sport Manager – Operations), Olivia Szajna (Manager - Marketing and Sponsorship)
  • BE Regional Staff: Regional Coordinators Bruno Brennikmeijer and Sarah Hamlyn,
  • Mandy Hervieu – Director of Blenheim Palace Horse Trials.
  • Lis Astall – Chair of the British Equestrian Federation Council.
  • Daisy Berkeley – FEI Rider representative.    
  • Cathy Butler – Chair of Event Horse Owners Association (EHOA).
  • Jan Cottam – Chair of British Eventing Organisers Association (BEOA).
  • Margie Gibb – Representative from the Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG).
  • Bruce Haskell – Chair of the Event Riders Association (ERA).
  • Christie Wright – Chair of the BE Training & Education Committee.

The strategy day was led by Nicki Kavanagh supported by Marta Evans from management consultancy, The Juniper Company.