The Association of British Riding Schools seeks new Chair

Posted on 4th November 2019

In autumn 2019, the current Chair of the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS), Hannah Mays, will be retiring. The registered charity, which is at the heart of Riding and Equestrianism in the United Kingdom, is now looking to appoint a new Chairperson to lead the trustees and further develop the benefits offered by the association to its members. 

Founded in 1954, The Association of British Riding Schools runs Britain’s longest-established Riding School Approval Scheme. Their aim is to promote and support riding schools throughout the UK so as to encourage participation in the healthy recreation activity of horse riding for everyone and thus  achieve thriving businesses. They aim to do this by providing advice to riding schools in respect of regulation, welfare and safety issues

For a riding school, being a member of the ABRS means their clients can be confident that they offer the highest of standards of teaching, that they hold health and safety as paramount and their horses and ponies are given the very best possible care. No matter the size or facilities at the establishment, membership of the ABRS means they are inspected regularly and meet high standards of care and attention to both horse and rider. 

ABRS member establishments serve all sections of the riding public, whether they ride for pleasure or have more serious aspirations such as a career with horses or competitive endeavour. The ABRS hold conferences and information days throughout the year, all over the country to inspire, increase knowledge and keep standards high.

The new Chairperson will help to keep these services going for members, while also building partnerships with aligned organisations, potential clients and funders/donors to enable the association to offer more to its members.  

Hannah Mays says ‘Following my retirement in the autumn, I hope we can find an experienced and enthusiastic  new Chairperson to take over my role at ABRS, to further develop the charity’s work in supporting and promoting riding schools, thereby encouraging people from all backgrounds to take up horse riding, both as an absorbing  hobby and an exciting and challenging sport.’ 

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity please get in touch with Jane on for an informal chat about the role. 

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