The British Horse Society was founded in 1947. The BHS represents the interests of the 3.5 million people in the UK who ride or who drive horse-drawn vehicles. With over 92,000 core BHS members, 34,000 members of affiliated Riding Clubs and the members of Affiliated Bridleways Associations, the BHS has a powerful voice with Government.
As the foremost and most influential equestrian charity in the UK, the BHS can bring to the fore the full scope of its charitable objectives in education, welfare, access and safety.
The BHS works tirelessly for every horse, rider and carriage driver, focusing on horse welfare, horse and rider safety, access and rights of way, education and examinations, and working with the proprietors of riding schools, livery yards and trekking centres to maintain the highest standards.
The BHS also works in partnership with many other organisations, not least the British Equestrian Federation, to promote the interests of all those who participate in equestrian activities.
The BHS sees itself as a Society which provides a strong voice for horses and people, which spreads awareness through support, training and education.
Its mission is to work in a spirit of partnership, with energy, commitment and knowledge, to promote and achieve the highest standards in all areas of equestrianism.
The British Horse Society is providing insight and gathering research from pilot programmes to feed into the RITSH project.