First look at new survey which bodes well for UK equestrian industry.

An impressive 3.2 million people in the UK have ridden in the last year, with 1.82 million of them getting into the saddle at least once a month. 

The National Equestrian Survey is commissioned by BETA every four to five years.

The small uptick in riding is revealed by the 2023 National Equestrian Survey, commissioned by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) every five years to provide a snapshot of the UK equestrian industry.

The study also shows that someone would like to start riding in more than one in ten British households. Perceived expense and lack of time are what’s stopping them.  

Of 6 million riders who have given up over the years, half hope to get back into the sport – further underlining the industry’s potential for growth. 

When it comes to owning horses, cost is behind a small decrease since 2018 to 331,000 in the number of households doing so.

Claire Williams, BETA’s executive director, will present more of the initial findings from the National Equestrian Survey to the 31st National Equine Forum (NEF23) in London tomorrow (2March).

The one-day forum covers industry advancements in science, health, welfare and sport. Speakers include government ministers, leading vets, industry professionals and influential players.

Tickets are still available at £20 to livestream the event. See https://www.nationalequineforum.com/forum-2023/

Survey roll-out

Phase one of BETA’s National Equestrian Survey covers riding and horse ownership. Phase two, the results of which are being analysed, explores riders’ and owners’ expenditure. 

Work is underway on phase three which delves deeper into consumers’ shopping and spending habits. 

Detailed reports will be available to order from BETA. Members receive summary data as part of their membership benefits. Find out more by emailing info@beta-uk.org