Top equestrian trainers may find it easier to work in the UK after the British Horse Society (BHS) was given “endorsement status” by the UK Border Agency.

This means the BHS can support a top-level equestrian, who lives outside the UK, on their visa to enter the country.

The BHS will have already verified they meet the specific requirements set out by the UK Border Agency, increasing their chances of getting a visa quickly.

A BHS spokesman said: “This has huge benefits for British equestrianism, making the way easier for internationally established trainers at the highest level in the sport to come to the UK and pass on their skills and knowledge.

“BHS approved training centres and other registered equestrian centres around the country will be able to supplement their already excellent training provision and attract world class trainers to teach their students – the rising talent of tomorrow.”