British Eventing (BE) members can get 5% off fuel and save money on their weekly groceries thanks to a raft of new discounts.

BE estimates that members could cut around £200 a year from their annual grocery bill at Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, based on a survey of 1,000 members.

They could also save 7p a litre on fuel (based on fuel costing £1.40 a litre) at Sainsbury’s and Asda.

To take advantage of the benefits, which are updated every month, full members and non-competing associates just log into their online BE accounts.

Offers are split into three sections: shopping, fuel and others, including more than 400 high street discounts.

To service the scheme, BE has signed up with Marsh, a company that specialises in offering membership bonuses.

Mike Barnes, BE’s commercial director, said: “We’ve been looking at how to give our members extra value on their membership for a while.

“We have signed a 12-month contract with Marsh and will consider whether to extend this depending on the uptake.”

Clare Stringer, an amateur event rider from Leicestershire, said: “It is a brilliant idea — to get a discount on fuel, no matter how small, is such a relief.

“We have had to lower our number of training trips because of how much money we are putting in our lorry.

“A £20 lesson was costing £35 or £40, a £10 showjumping round could cost £25 to £30.

“Hopefully, the discount will help us keep training and competing that little bit more.”

A spokesman for Marsh said: “We are delighted to help British Eventing add value to its membership packages.”

The system will not currently be extended to British Showjumping or British Dressage members.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (11 August, 2011)