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The British Equestrian Federation's Commitment to Racial Equality

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF), the governing body of the Sport in the UK, will sign the Sporting Equals Racial Equality Charter on Friday 26th July at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, West Sussex.

Sporting Equals is a partnership between Sport England and the Commission for Racial Equality which has been working closely with the British Horse Society on behalf of the members of the BEF, to achieve, maintain and where necessary improve the concept of racial equality within the sport at all levels.

An Equity Action Plan was written by the BHS for the BEF and agreed with Sporting Equals and Sport England as part of the process to achieving a Preliminary Award. The signing of the Charter at the Golden Jubilee Royal International Horse Show, the flagship event of The British Horse Society, is the first stage towards achieving this Award.

Kay Driver, Chief Executive of the British Horse Society said "The last few years have been especially exciting for our Sport, with the advent of Lottery Funding, Olympic success and the massive development of opportunities within the Sport for young people. However, all this is meaningless unless it is truly open to, and representative of everyone in society. I believe that by signing this Charter, we are sending out a clear message to everyone within the equestrian world that we have to be inclusive and equitable in all that we do, from our riding school clients to Olympic riders".

Karl Spracklen, National Development Manager, Sporting Equals, said: "We are pleased that the BEF is determined to treat racial equality seriously. By signing the Charter, they are showing they are committed to racial equality and equity in all their activities".

Trevor Brooking, Chair of Sport England said "Sport England is determined to make sure sport is equally accessible and open to all communities - including ethnic minorities. It is fantastic to see that the BEF is helping to achieve this by signing up to the sporting Equals Racial Equality Charter. Sport England would like to see all governing bodies signing up to racial equality in their sport by signing up to the Charter".


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