Welcome to the British Horse Foundation

The British Horse Foundation was established as a charity in 1991 under the Chairmanship of triple Olympic gold medal winner Richard Meade OBE.

We have three main charitable aims, to promote the industry in general and the breeding of horses and ponies in particular; to advance education training and research in animal husbandry and allied subjects; and to assist in the prevention of unnecessary suffering or cruelty to horses and ponies.

British bred Timolin (Totilas x Sion) bred by Aram Gregory, picture courtesy of Kevin Sparrow  


Our charitable aims




We support the identification of world class talent for future equestrian sport through the collection of data to better understand which traits are favourable in sport horses and which bloodline combinations are more likely to deliver performance success.  We also work with charities to understand the factors affecting peoples’ decisions to breed. More info here ...


We have funded bursaries for undergraduate projects into studies looking at various aspects of equestrian equipment and care. We also support the Animal Health Trust’s studies to develop measures into appropriate horse and rider weight.  More info here ...


We support and have provided training for British Young Breeders and plan to fund work which supports equine college supervisors and students, and which helps deliver longer term horse industry relevant graduates.  More info here ...


Breeders Awards Dinner 2021 – Postponed

Following a meeting held by the British Horse Foundation Board of Trustees, the decision has been made to postpone the British Horse Foundation Awards Dinner for January 2021, primarily due to the ongoing uncertainty and difficulties brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic. We are actively pursuing innovative ways going forward to celebrate the success of British bred horses and achieve our charitable aims. We would like to thank all our generous stakeholders,...

University Centre Sparsholt Equine Lecturers awarded British Horse Foundation Lecturer Bursary for Three years to support student research projects

The British Horse Foundation is pleased to announce that the University Centre Sparsholt (UCS), home of the Sir Mark Todd Rider Performance studio, have been awarded their highly coveted Lecturer Bursary. An aim of The British Horse Foundation (BHF), is to advance education, training and research in animal husbandry and allied subjects.  The Lecturer Bursary will provide support over a three-year period for a minimum of three undergraduate or postgraduate...