The British Horse Trials Association (BHTA), the governing body for all horse trials and eventing competitions throughout the British Isles, will be known as British Eventing from the beginning of next year.

The announcement was made at the BHTA’s AGM, along with news of a new corporate image, which will launched early next year.

BHTA marketing consultant, John Foden said: “The name change will bring us into line with the worldwide acceptance of calling the sport “eventing”, as recommended by the FEI. The change of name will also help us to bring the sport’s image up-to-date.”

Part of the revamp will include a comprehensive overhaul of the association’s web site and email system, to improve communications and offer additional member services including the ability to inform members about cancelled competitions and weather conditions.

Other changes announced at the AGM included a completely new set of dressage tests, a new rule whereby points will be awarded to horses going clear in both the cross country and show jumping phases, and the addition of new CIC international one-day events to the eventing calendar.