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A message from David Holmes


David Holmes        

December 2017


On to 2018!


Reviewing and planning is very much the focus at this time of year – reviewing with our officials the past season and planning in terms of looking at the rule changes that are going to take effect next year and what training and communication is required to support these. The Officials Conference which takes place at the beginning of February is vital to this in order to be able to ensure that our Officials have the tools they need to help them in their vital roles of the good governance of the sport.

The FEI General Assembly went smoothly and the amendments to the eventing rules proposals, which we and other National Federations had put forward, have been accepted. The principal changes which affect eventing is a change to the star rating system which will come into place in 2019. It is also excellent news that the Nations Cup is a part of the Olympic Qualification System – something that will raise the profile and importance of the Nations Cup, which for GB is hosted at Houghton International Horse Trials.

Despite our efforts in support of Alec Lochore's candidacy in the election to Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee, Alec was unsuccessful and David O'Connor was elected. Whilst this was disappointing for all who supported Alec, it has given us a great opportunity to engage with the many other National Federations.
The subject of entry fees is always a sensitive topic; we have been working hard with the organisers to ensure that the increase allows our important events to remain viable whilst remaining cost effective for competitors. This is always a challenging balance to achieve and linked to this in this issue we have a feature which explains to our members how their membership fees are used to run the sport and the difference between membership fees and entry fees.

The Commercial Strategy continues apace and we are starting to be able to deliver various tools to our Organisers in order to help increase the commerciality of all events, something that is essential if we are all to be able to continue to develop an accessible, sustainable and cost effective sport for all.
The Baileys sponsored Arena Eventing, season has started well with excellent entries, which is good to see after the pilot project last year, and JAS and Jump Training kick off at the beginning of January - a big thanks to all of our organising teams for their hard work over the cold months that ensures the efficient running of all of our winter competitions.

We hope that you all had a great festive break and look forward to working with you in 2018 whatever your role in our sport – competitors, owners, organisers, officials, volunteers, sponsors, supporters – you all play a vital part in our sport.

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BE Strategy  

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 group listed 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

Strategy Group
The key personnel involved in the development of the strategy at the time are listed below:

Board of Directors  - Paul Hodgson (Board Chairman), Suzi Cotterill, Alex Fox, Tim Holderness Roddam, David Holmes, 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 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.