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.

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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 ...


Nominations Go Live For The Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award 2019

As we near the end of another successful season of equestrian sport with notable successes for British bred horses, what better way than to celebrate this by recognising the top mares that are producing our successful competition horses now and into the future? Rubinsteena, a dressage broodmare matriarch, was the winning recipient of the 2018 H&H Outstanding Mare Award.  Owned by Sarah Oppenheimer, who was absolutely thrilled to receive this...

Nominations Open for the Stallion AI Services Meritoire Award 2019

The prestigious Stallion AI Services Meritoire Award is presented to the person who, in the opinion of the British Horse Foundation Awards Committee has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performance sport horse and pony breeding industry. The definition of Meritoire is commendable and praiseworthy and therefore this award is uniquely placed to honour that special someone whose legacy within British breeding is recognised for their exceptional input, commitment...

Foundation Funds Saddle Fit Research

An important study at Hartpury University looking at saddle fitters’ ability to assess how far back a saddle should extend was recently funded by the BHF. Poorly fitting saddles can affect a horse’s performance and contribute to back pain. The correct length of an English saddle leaves the shoulder blade free, with the saddle tree not extending beyond the 18th thoracic vertebra. The funded project determined whether saddle fitters could...