British Eventing members heard chief executive Peter Durrant outline a new mission statement and commitment to improve customer service during the inaugural BE convention last weekend.

Goals include a reduction of rotational falls and zero tolerance of doping. BE also aims to increase participation by 6% each year, with a target of 500 cross-country days in 2010. A marketing drive will be put in place to harness the spectator population that attends Badminton and Burghley.

The lower end of the sport will benefit from a £40,000 development fund. The significant amount of £100,000 has been earmarked for ongoing cross-country improvements at intermediate level and above. There will be a pool of seven equivators for ground care.

The minimum goal set by UK Sport for the senior squad is a team and individual medal from the 2008 Olympics.

“Our mission statement is to lead the sporting world in opportunity, success, safety and welfare for the enjoyment of all,” said Durrant.

Other innovations include “train and compete” at intro and pre-novice level, in which riders will be helped by accredited trainers, and, in 2007, opening the sport to riders in the year of their 13th birthday and ponies of 14hh.

Further rule changes on: www.britisheventing.com

  • This article can be read in full, including details of job loss at BE, in today’s issue of H&H (26 January, ’06)

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