British Showjumping are pleased to announce that they have recently joined forces with Forces Equine in a partnership that will see Forces Equine members represented within the sport.
Forces Equine is a non-profit information portal for the equestrian community of the armed forces and police. It extends to the immediately family members of those in uniform and aims to help these riders stay involved in equestrian sport regardless of heavy workloads or where their, or their spouses, job takes them in the world.
In acknowledging these issues, British Showjumping has set up a Forces Equine League in conjunction with the Club Leagues to offer a level playing field for our service men and women.
The league will consist of a dedicated national league for Forces Equine members who will be able to compete wherever they are posted in the knowledge that points are registered on both the Forces and British Showjumping Club League tables.
This partnership also aims to support the military saddle clubs which are dotted around the UK . These clubs, especially those abroad, are dedicated facilities for British Armed Forces personnel and their families, usually non-profit welfare facilities, and are located on MOD sites. An invitation is also open to civilians to compete, train and livery. British Showjumping aims to offer training for personnel at these facilities to enable them to hold Club shows which will be open to all Club members and will greatly add to the facilities around the UK offering this level of competition.
Forces Equine will also be raising awareness at the military saddle clubs of the NAF Five Star Training Programme to encourage and guide riders to follow the programme even if they get posted around the UK or abroad. This continuity of training is a valuable resource that rarely occurs in service life for dependent personnel and occasional for service personnel but not in equestrian sport.
The Forces Equine League will run across the calendar year from January through December.