Benefits of EHOA Membership

  • Access to top trainers & training courses around the country
  • Hospitality marquees at events including Badminton & Burghley
  • Discounts through EHOA discount providers

Training at an affordable price

  • £15 voucher for all members
  • Book sessions with top trainers

EHOA Hospitality

Event Hospitality Tents to include:

  • Free entrance
  • Seating
  • Open all day & dogs welcome
  • Refreshments available
  • CCTV coverage at some events


  • EHOA members can apply for the following awards:
  • Annual Awards

The Latest EHOA News at Your Fingertips:

Equi-Trek Aldon International Horse Trials


Our final event of the season is upon us - we head to Aldon this weekend - October 23rd - 26th.


We will have hospitality for members & owners of competing horse starting on Friday 09:30.


We are also  are presenting prizes to the winners of the CCI1* & CIC2* on Sunday.


We very much look forward to seeing you. 


More information about the event can be found here 



We recently awarded prizes at Bricky and South of England.


The prizes at Bricky went to to the Amateur O/R in the IN section and one Novice section.


The winners were Sarah Helfer riding Chilly Boy -  she came 2nd in the IN and Stacey Littlejohns riding Roland Ronald - she came 13th in the Novice.   The Pimms Jugs were gratefully received!


Over at South of England on the same weekend Nick and Barbara Walkinshaw received the EHOA Owners Award of a glass engraved bowl, as their horse Billy Walk On won the CIC 2*


Sarah Holmes, the owner/rider of the CIC 1* winner Dunganstown Fleur was presented with the EHOA bowl.




It was great to see so many of you over the weekend at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.  It was a challenging weekend weather-wise with beautiful sunny days and rainy days but it had a brilliant atmosphere and congratulations go to all.

The AGM was well attended and I am delighted to report that all new board members were duly elected. Jeremy Skinner commented on the 2015 accounts  (available on the website) and confirmed that subscription income for 2016 was holding steady.  If you were unable to join us, you can read the chairman’s welcome speech here


Annual Dinner & Awards Evening


Details have been finalised for the Annual Dinner and Awards Evening.    It will be held in London at The Saddlers' Hall on Monday 7th November.


We are delighted that Sam Griffiths will be the Guest Speaker.   Sam was part of the Team Bronze and fourth individually at the Rio Olympics.


Dinner invitation and details can be found here.  Please note that payment will only be accepted by bank transfer. The relevant account details will be sent as soon as the application form is received.  Application form can be found here


There will be no tickets but a guest list will be held at reception.


The Board of the EHOA are very much looking forward to seeing you at The Saddlers' Hall.




At the dinner we will present:


SHEARWATER INSURANCE SERVICES LIMITED will present an award to the leading EHOA Owner in the 6 year old World Young Horse Championship


SHEARWATER INSURANCE SERVICES LIMITED will present an award to the leading EHOA Owner in the 7 year old World Young Horse Championship


WEATHERBYS PRIVATE BANK will present a trophy to the highest EHOA member with a horse completing at Rio 2016


The HUNTRIDGE PLAQUE will be presented to the Owner of the horse which gains the most BE points in the season, the sire or dam of which is a thoroughbred


The CALCUTTA LIGHT HORSE TROPHY will be presented to the Owner of the horse with the most points won this season


The PLUM ROWLAND PLAQUE will be presented to the leading under 21 rider, who gained the most number of points in the OIU21 classes in 2016


KNIGHTS will present an award to the Owner of the winning horse in the Corinthian Cup, held at the Festival of British Eventing. 






We are delighted that once again our bankers, Weatherbys, are sponsoring the EHOA in 2016.


They would like to offer all EHOA members twelve months free banking should you wish to transfer your banking arrangements to Weatherbys Private Bank before September 30th 2016.


For more information visit the EHOA hospitality marquee during the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and speak to Justin Deacon and the team from Weatherbys Private Bank.


 The Mitsubishi Motors Cup



4.5.2016 - Some of our EHOA members competing at this year's Mitsubishi Motors Cup. Very best wishes to them all today.


Alison Brogue and Marqued Man


Alyson Parker and the 21-year-old Moloko


EHOA Blogger Lucy Jones and Becketts Word

Mitsbubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2016



The hospitality marquee will be open everyday from 08:30 on Thursday morning and from 08:00on Saturday and Sunday. On offer will be refreshments, newspapers and food available for purchase. Don't forget the Zip Travel draw will take place on Saturday after the last horse finishes cross country in the marquee.


We welcome members' guests on all days of competition but we do ask £10 person for Thursday,Friday and Sunday and £15 on Saturday. Numbers will be strictly limited to allow all full members access.


Best of luck of you are competing in the Mitubishi Motors Cup this week, or if you have a  Dubarry Young Event horse competing or have a horse running in the CCI****. Good Luck to you all. Look forward to seeing you during  the week.

New EHOA award for Under 21s

14 March, 2016 - The EHOA is delighted to announce that a new annual award will run for the next three years specifically aimed at young riders.

EHOA member and long term owner Plum Rowland is generously sponsoring the award that is based on a points system from all OIU21 competitions.

 The winner of each OIu21 will be awarded 10 points. Nine points will be awarded to the rider who is placed second and so on, down to tenth place.

The prize each year is £950 plus a training bursary of £500 to be taken with a trainer of the rider’s choice.

Weatherbys Private Bank our principle sponsor for 2016





29.2.2016 - We are delighted to announce that Weatherbys’s Private Bank, the bank of the EHOA, is again our principle sponsor for 2016. 
The Weatherbys team will be present at various events with the EHOA over the course of the year, and very much look forward to meeting members. 
For more information, please contact Justin Deacon on 0207 2929029 or email

Event Rider Masters to take eventing to a global audience


23.2.2016- A new series, the Event Rider Masters, has been launched this year that will link six CIC three star competitions to offer unprecedented prize money and a goal of showcasing the sport of Eventing to a new global audience. 

The series legs are: 

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire - 14–15 May

Bramham Park, Yorkshire – 10-11 June

Barbury Castle, Wiltshire – 9-10 July

Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire – 6-7 August

Blair Castle, Perthshire – 27-28 August

 Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire – 10-11 September.

The format of the CIC three stars involved will remain relatively unchanged, with the goal of Event Rider Masters to package the sport specifically for television audiences and to deliver exciting new prize money as yet unseen in the world of short-format Eventing. 

New technology and reactive data to enhance the on and off-site experience for spectators, riders, owners and sponsors alike will be used.The launch of the series has come about through a collaboration of progressive owners, riders and organisers with a team of six eventing stakeholders led by Di Brunsden, developing the concept over the past 18 months.

The series has the full support of British Eventing, the British Equestrian Federation, the Event Horse Owners Association and the Eventing Riders Association and FEI approval granted in November 2015.Each of the six classes will run under FEI rules and will be open to just 40 horse and rider combinations, balloted by FEI rider ranking points ensuring a top-flight competition featuring the best in the world. With dressage in form order, reverse order show jumping and the top 20 reverse order cross country, the excitement of the competition is maintained. 

The successful business team of Christopher and Lisa Stone, themselves event horse owners, saw real commercial potential in the Event Rider Masters and intend to support and develop the business model through their wealth of experience in both the sporting and financial spheres. The Event Rider Masters has a guaranteed prize fund of £350,000 - £50,000 for each of the six classes and a £50,000 prize fund for the leading riders at the end of the series.

For 2016 the series will be UK based with a rapid expansion plan into Europe and beyond from 2017. Event Rider Masters is a partnership with EventingLive, a not for profit body that will support continued development and investment in the sport of Eventing. 


EHOA members celebrate success at Breeders’ Awards Dinner


30/2/2016 - EHOA members enjoyed a super night at the recent annual British Breeding Breeders' Awards Dinner, organised by The British Horse Foundation and hosted at the Grange City Hotel in London, where they collected several awards. 

The prestigious Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain Award, presented by Jennie Loriston-Clarke, was awarded to Chris and Lisa Stone’s 16 year old stallion Chilli Morning (Phantomic x Kolibr).Bred in East Germany by Rainer Schicketanz and ridden by William Fox-Pitt, Chilli Morning, a UK Graded Stallion with the SHB (GB), lifted the 2015 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials trophy and was the winner of an individual bronze medal at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

To date Chilli Morning has 77 progeny, with several young stock starting to make their mark competitively within British Eventing.

Owners of Preci-Spark Event Horses in Leicestershire, Vincent Jones, Chairman of the BE Breeding panel, and his wife Liz, presented the BE Breeders medals on the night. Medals are awarded to the breeders of the highest placed British bred horse from the 2015 KBIS BE Young Horse Championships which take place at Osberton International Horse Trials in October.

Sir William Aldous and Lady Gillian Aldous’ Classic Juan sired Carsten of Westoak (Classic Juan x Londonderry) claimed the five year old prize for West Oak Stud’s Sue Simmons. Piloted by Piggy French, the gelding took third place in the 5YO section.A family affair in the CIC1* 6YO Championship saw The Billy Stud’s William Funnell receive the award for Mr Nicholas Walkinshaw and Mrs Barbara Walkinshaw’s Billy Walk On (Billy Mexico x Golden Bash).

Taking the 5YO Championship in 2014 the 16.2hh gelding returned in 2015 to claim the 6YO title with European team silver medallist Pippa Funnell.Mrs Anna Sims-Hilditch owner and breeder of the leading British bred seven year old, was presented with the BE Breeders medal for her gelding Hildare Amun Ra (Graf Quidam x Standard Bearer) who finished in tenth place in the CIC2* 7YO Championship with Mark Ford.

 For more information on British Eventing opportunities for young horses visit

Image: Anna Sims- Hilditch receives her award from Vin Jones (Credit: Craig Payne Photography) 



Shearwater Insurance Eventing TriStar Launched


29/1/2-16 - Alec Lochore of Musketeer Event Management and Stuart Buntine of BEDE Events have joined forces to launch an exciting new CIC3* Grand Slam, thanks to generous sponsorship from Shearwater Insurance.
The Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam has a refreshingly tempting £50,000, 'winner-takes-all' prize for any rider who can win three of the five CIC3* events; Burnham Market International, Belton International, Houghton International, Hopetoun International and Burgham International in 2016.
Jeremy Lawton, Managing Director of Shearwater Insurance, is a long-standing supporter of eventing, Shearwater Insurance famously owning 2004 individual Olympic gold medal winning Shear l'Eau as well as his 2000 Olympic team silver medal winning brother Shear H2O. Jeremy's in-depth knowledge of the sport ranges from horses starting out at their first events to those tackling the biggest competitions on the circuit.
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam. Being experienced event horse owners ourselves we have supported the sport for many years and recognise the importance of offering good prize money across all levels of competition.
“The costs involved in owning, training and entering horses have only increased and we want to ensure that all riders have the potential to cover these costs. The hope is that by creating a prize pot of £50,000 we can not only support dedicated owners and riders but also raise the profile of the sport. By pitching the prize fund at the 3* level we believe that we have created a real opportunity for aspiring and amateur riders to win a significant amount of money,” explained Jeremy.
“As multiple event organisers and past competitors, Stuart and I are only too aware of the costs involved, both in competing and in 'running the show', said Alec Lochore. “Facilitating opportunities like this, I hope, show competitors that we are responding to their concerns regarding the level of prize money available in the sport and rewarding them for their skill and dedication.”
“To have such enthusiastic support from Shearwater Insurance is fantastic,” added Stuart. “Its generous prize fund is a real 'golden goose' that we hope will bring out the competitive nature of all riders competing at 3* level, and reward any rider who can achieve what is anything but an easy task.”
Martyn Johnson, organiser of Burgham Horse Trials, expressed his enthusiasm for the Grand Slam. “I am delighted Burgham is a part of the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam. It is a great concept which I think will really help to promote the sport and is a giant step in progressing the issues surrounding prize money for riders. A huge thanks should go to Jeremy Lawton and Shearwater as well for joining Stuart and Alec in his support of this progressive initiative.”
Early rider feedback has been positive. Australian Badminton winner Paul Tapner commented: “Eventing is a hugely popular, exciting and extreme equestrian sport. It is long overdue a prize fund to match its exhilarating nature and reward the expertise and dedication of the participants, both human and equine.
“International Event Riders on the world's most competitive competition circuit here in the UK will all be hugely excited and motivated by the Tri-Star Grand Slam innovation. We are massively grateful to Shearwater Insurance for their longstanding, and now substantially increased, support of our sport.”
David Holmes, British Eventing Chief Executive, added; “British Eventing are delighted to be a part of this exciting new Grand Slam initiative; delivering riders, owners, sponsors and spectators with a thrilling competition to follow throughout the season. It is great to see the support of Shearwater Insurance who are able to help provide riders and their connections with a generous prize pot to aim for through some of the most prestigious three star events in the country.”

British Eventing FEI Event Admissions Policy for Owners


18.1.2016 - Please find below the full British Eventing FEI Event Admissions Policy for Owners which gives guidelines for issuing admission passes to events for owners, joint owners, company owners and syndicates with the recommendation that all events should include their owner admission policy on their websites.



 A. BE has no rules or regulations on the number of individual owners a registered horse can have. The FEI do not have such a rule either. However due to practicalities of displaying owner names in programmes, in FEI passports, on display screens etc. the practice has been that horses can be owned by up to 3 / 4 individuals, joint owners, by a company or a syndicate.

B. A BE registered syndicate has a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 primary syndicate owners who all receive BE Owner membership benefits. Additional syndicate members are listed with BE (some of whom may be BE members, some may not)

C. A Company Owner will have an individual listed on the BE database as the main contact for the Company.

D. A survey of a number of International Events was done in 2014 which indicates a general policy but with variance. The aim of this paper is to try to standardise the offering to the various owner groups.

E. This proposed Admission policy does not cover horses registered with a foreign Federation and which are not UK based and as such not BE registered

F. The number of registered Syndicates with BE at June 2015 is 50 with a total list of syndicate members at circa 200.

G. These guidelines are based on how BE administers its varying memberships as well as pulling together the varying policies Events have applied in previous years.Proposal for Guidelines on Owner Admissions to Events.

The research that produced this paper was undertaken with the following events: Blenheim, Bramham, Chatsworth, Hartpury, Barbury, The Festival at Gatcombe, Burnham Market, Houghton, Blair, Belton and Hopetoun.


The proposal is as follows:

1. To offer individual horse owner(s) as listed in the FEI Passport a car pass, 2 event passes (if applicable)and 2 Owners badges for an Owners Marque if there is one and 2 FEI stable wristlets. Specific Owner parking would be an added bonus. The same policy to be offered to the owners as registered in the FEI passport for foreign registered horses not UK based.

2. To offer Company Owners same as in point 1 to the appointed main contact of the Company listed on the BE Database and at the Organisers discretion to offer additional passes at a discounted rate (discount rate at the discretion of the Event organiser). For foreign
registered horses not UK based and Company owned as listed in FEI Passport is at the Event Organisers discretion.

3. To offer a BE registered Syndicate 3 car passes and 3 pairs of event passes (where applicable) to the Primary Syndicate members (6 event passes),and 6 Owners badges (where there is an Owners Marquee) and 6 FEI stable access wristlets. Specific Owner parking would be an added bonus. The Event may offer additional passes at a discounted rate (discount rate 20%) to secondary syndicate member as listed with BE. Syndicate members not on the BE Database do not have a right to any ‘syndicate owner’ benefits. Foreign registered horses not UK based and owned by a foreign syndicate may be issued 6 event passes , 3 car passes and 6 Owners badges (where appropriate) and 6 FEI stable area wristlets with Owner parking as an added benefit/bonus.

4. Prize Givings – please invite Owners to the Prize giving if possible. Events may decide how many are appropriate in agreement with the riders.Events are encouraged to publish their Owner admission policies on their website, in the BE Event Schedule and in their event literature.

Where Owners have complaints about the application of the above policy by Events these should be addressed for the attention of the Chief Executive of British Eventing to: 



Can you help at EHOA Hospitality? 

We are looking for volunteers to help at the Hospitality Marquees.  As you are no doubt aware it is very important to have an enthusiastic team of people ready to host the marquees and welcome other members, owners and riders.  We have been providing EHOA Hospitality at a number of Events and are rolling out new dates this season. We are looking for people to get involved in assisting in the Hospitality Marquees. You will have lots of fun and meet plenty of like minded folk getting together for the love of our Sport. 

If you can spare some free time and would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Mrs Margie Hall  

Check out our Hospitality page for dates

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We're very much looking forward to seeing everyone during the 2016 eventing season. For any owner related queries please do not hesitate to contact us as we are there to represent you within the sport of eventing.Very best wishes for the season ahead.

Please click on the link above to read EHOA's chairman Cathy Butler's speech at the 2015 Awards Dinner




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British Eventing Newsfeed

October 21st
It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of long-time supporter of British Eventing and dedicated volunteer Derek Gooden on Saturday 15th October 2016.  
October 21st
The FEI Eventing Risk Management Steering Group held its first meeting at FEI headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) this week. Chaired by David O’Connor (USA), the group has been set up to look at ways to minimise risk factors in Eventing, with a focus on ...
October 20th
Bicton Horse Trials Press Release Bicton Arena has announced new sponsorship agreement with Elite Horse Owners, which provides syndicate management and partners elite horses, riders and owners, for 2017 and 2018.
October 19th
Due to a system error, our Membership database received an email relating to lapsed membership in the early hours of this morning. This was part of a system test which was unfortunately sent to a live database of emails rather than a test database. ...
October 18th
British Eventing (BE) is seeking to appoint a veterinarian to support the Young Rider Programme & team.
October 18th
Applications are now open for combinations hoping to be selected for the 2017 Senior CIC2* European Championship team, taking place in Belgium next year.
October 17th
FEI Press Release To the delight of the French crowd, Maxime Livio (FRA) scored his first CCI4* victory by Jumping clear on Qalao Des Mers at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, the first leg of the FEI Classics™ 2016/17, to finish on his Dressage score of 45.3.
October 17th
 The Notes from the recent AGM held at Osberton Horse trials can be found here   The notes from the Board meeting held October 4th can be found here.
October 17th
It may have been a home win for France’s Maxime Livo but Great Britain ensured there was plenty to celebrate at this weekend’s Les 4 Etoiles de Pau.
October 16th
Regrettably following heavy early morning rain all competition at Bovington on Sunday 16th October has been abandoned.
October 13th
Weston Park (2) put on a busy weekend in the superb autumn sunshine for riders hopeful of booking their place at the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Cup, with two BE90 and one BE100 sections of Mitsubishi Motors Regional Finals.
October 13th
Following a recent Board meeting we bring you an update on the IT Transformation Project. Previous updates from the 14th April and 20th June can be found here.  
October 13th
Weston Park Press Release After what has been a fantastic season of eventing for hundreds of competitors around the country, the final of the Blue Chip Central and North West Challenge, run at Airowear BE80(T) level, took place at Weston Park (2) Horse T...
October 10th
FEI Press Release Germany has won a third FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing title in five years, beating Great Britain, the winners of the ninth and final leg at Boekelo (NED), by 20 points.
October 7th
Blair Castle International Horse Trials Press Release At a gala dinner on 5th October the 2015 FEI Longines European Eventing Championship, held at Blair Castle in Perthshire, was awarded the International Event of the Year at the Drum Scottish Event Awa...

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