Membership of the British Horse Society (BHS) has reached a new milestone with its total now exceeding 67,000.

Graham Cory, BHS chief executive, credited his staff and volunteers for the record membership, and said: “I am confident this is just the beginning and that the BHS’s size, and resultant influence, will continue to grow over the coming years.”

At the charity’s AGM five weeks ago a presentation was made to its 66,000th member but the numbers continue to rise.

BHS chairman Patrick Print attributed the swelling ranks to “the way the BHS had modernised in recent years and improved its services to members and the wider equestrian world”.

The organisation, which among other things works to promote horse welfare, safety and training, has enjoyed steady membership growth since the turn of the millennium, but has registered an acceleration in the last two years.

When affiliated British Riding Club members are included, the total membership currently stands at more than 105,000.