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The central and fundamental role of breeding in the equine-human relationship is recognised as key in the mission and vision of both the British Horse Foundation and British Breeding. Together, we seek to support the breeding of healthy horses and ponies who are equipped, both physically and mentally, to thrive in all areas of equestrianism from pleasure riding to top level sport.

‘In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed’ Charles Darwin

We will do this by sharing industry expertise, improving the accessibility of breeding related resources to wider audiences and by promoting excellence in the selection and management of breeding animals and youngstock across all equine breeds. In doing so, we are committed to:

- supporting research and development in the pursuit of breeding excellence

- promoting the importance of careful breeding selection for all spheres of equestrianism and to take all possible steps to avoid perpetuating deleterious traits

- maintaining the genetic diversity of equine breeding in the UK

- safeguarding our heritage and rare breeds

To develop a greater understanding of equine breeding in the equine-human relationship we seek to:

- increase knowledge about good breeding practices and good management of youngstock among all those who engage in equestrian activities

- encourage widened participation equestrianism and breeding related activities while ensuring new breeders enter with a full understanding of the commitments and costs

- promote a greater appreciation and understanding of the positive role breeding plays in the equine-human relationship

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The 826 Equine Studbooks Association is the officially recognised organisation representing the interests of the Defra-recognised studbook PIOs (breed societies that issue equine passports) in the UK. One of its main aims is to encourage welfare-led breeding decisions that ensure that every animal registered by its member studbooks is sound, of good temperament and has a planned role in life. As such, it also aims to develop relationships with other UK-based multi-breed associations across the industry to promote this and  It is therefore delighted and honoured to become one of the first organisations to be linked into the BHF programme of collaboration on breeding issues.

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The British Horse Society is the UK's largest and most influential charity. The BHF is thrilled to be working with the BHS in producing material for the soon to be launched Breeding Challenge Award. Watch this space, more information will be available soon.

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Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain SHB (GB) – is the leading British studbook, affiliated to the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. SHB (GB) encourages the grading of stallions, mares and foals and the BHF is proud to support this by contributing a prize to the foal grading. We look forward to working closely with SHB (GB) in the future in pursuit of the charitable aims of both organisations. More information available soon.

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The Pony Club has been the starting point for a large majority of equestrian team members and medal winners. We are excited to be working with the Pony Club on the creation of a Pony Club Breeding Certificate in 2022.



The Saddle Research Trust promotes and facilitates collaborative scientific research into the interaction between horses, saddlery and riders.

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