Royal Patron celebrates World Class owners

16th Oct 2015

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), attended a reception for owners of Team GBR and World Class Programme horses on Thursday 15 October 2015 at Hyde Park Barracks, London.

The event, which was attended by over seventy owners, saw presentations by Performance Director Dan Hughes and Performance Managers Yogi Breisner and Richard Waygood on what support the Programme offers to owners and athletes, whilst looking ahead to the Rio 2016 Games.

An evening reception saw HRH The Duchess of Cornwall meet the owners of horses who have contributed to British teams this year and World Class personnel who will take a critical role in preparing athletes and horses ahead of next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

Commenting on the event, Performance Director Dan Hughes said; “As a Programme we feel very privileged that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was able to join us to acknowledge the critical role our owners play in equestrian sport, particularly as we head towards next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.  Without our loyal owners, we would not be able to field such strong equestrian teams on the international stage.  We also wanted to develop a strategy to bring more owners into equestrian sport to support our younger British riders and develop the teams of the future”