BHS General Meeting 11 June

The Board of Trustees is pleased to confirm that the General Meeting requisitioned by 42 members of the Society to propose a vote of no confidence in the Chair, Board of Trustees and the CEO was held on the 11 June. A total number of 5480 verified votes were received with 829 (15.1%) in support of the resolution and 4651 (84.9%) against. Consequently, the resolution was not carried.
This is the highest turnout for a General Meeting vote in modern history.

The Board of Trustees is grateful for the support of members who voted against the resolution and will continue to carry out the great work the Charity is recognised for. In so doing, the Society will continue to engage and listen to all of its members, employees, volunteers, key stakeholders and supporters in order that we best meet the needs of horses and all who care for them.

The ballot for the election of new trustees opens today, June 12th, and will close on July 12th. In keeping with the Constitution of the Society, the current Board of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers, will continue in office until the Election Board Meeting of 16th July when the full line up of the new Board will be announced.

Have you considered taking the Fellowship Assessment ?

The Fellowship assessment will be taking place on 6th and 7th April 2020 at Warwickshire College  

The BHS Fellowship is the highest professional standard across the equine industry and is internationally recognised.

Taking place across two days, candidates will be assessed on coaching skills, practical demonstrations, theoretical knowledge, stable management and the history of equitation.

Fewer than 80 people hold the FBHS qualification, which is recognised as the highest equestrian qualification in the world.

If you are a Stage 5 Performance Coach (formerly BHSI ) and think you have the skills, knowledge and passion to become a BHS Fellow then please forward a CV, covering letter and fee of £150 to the Education Department by 1st November 2019.

CV’s are assessed by a panel of Fellows against the following criteria:

*Competition experience

*Teaching/Coaching experience

*Presenting experience

*Previous and present occupations

*Equestrian qualifications

*Academic qualifications

*Experience developing/training horses

*Evidence developing riders

*Current training undertaken by candidate

CV’s can be emailed to Jenny Wall,   If your CV is accepted you will be invited to apply for the assessment.  The fee for the assessment is £925.  If you do not feel ready to apply this time, your CV may be held on file for up to 5 years.


Clarissa Dawson BHSI

It was with the greatest sadness that we learned of the passing of Clarissa Dawson who lost her battle with cancer on 9th March 2019. She was a much loved member of the F & I Association and many tributes and fond memories are being shared on the F & I Association Facebook page.

Horse and Hound wrote an article about Clarissa’s determination during her treatment which can be read here:

Dates for your Diaries


7th March The National Equine Forum, London

Contact Jillie Rogers,

15th March Caroline Moore FBHS Training day at Wellington Riding

Contact David Sheerin,

3rd May Badminton Course Walk with Nick Turner FBHS,

Contact Ann Bostock,

20th May Judy Harvey FBHS Training Day

Contact Ann Bostock

25th June Irish F&I Day

Contact Faith Ponsonby (this is already full)

6th Sept Burghley Course Walk with Eric Smiley FBHS

Contact Ann Bostock

15th Sept The Pammy Hutton FBHS Talland Training Day

Contact Jude Murphy


Training Day at Millfield (Danny Anholt)

A Day with the Three Fellows Ingestre (Linda De Matteo)

Show Jump Training with Alan Fasakerly (Sue Ricketts)

F&I Day at RIHS Hickstead (Jillie Rogers)

F&I Summer Camp at Wellington (David Sheerin)

Continued training towards the Fellowship (Sam Champney Warrener)

A trip to Olympia – December (Jillie Rogers)


Hartpury 24-26 March

Ingliston 7-9 April

Cavan 13-14 May

Aintree 15-17 September

Merrist Wood 22-24 September

Congratulations to the New Fellows

The F&I Association wishes to congratulate three of our members who have this week achieved the highest accolade awarded to a professional member of the British Horse Society – The Fellowship.
Mandy Luesley
Sarah MacDonald
Andrew Bennie.
These three good people deserve to have passed the Fellowship with all it entails.