Graham Suggett has been appointed chairman of the National Equine Database (NED).

Graham is director of equine development at the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and has been working for seven years on NED, which finally launched in November 2008.

The NED concept was first mooted publicly in 2004. It is a web-based system designed to allow people around the world to view identification, breeding and competition data for British horses — a joint venture between Defra and the BEF.

Graham said: “Having been involved with the National Equine Database since it was conceived and worked with Defra and NED passport issuing organisations and data providers for many years, I am delighted to be on board to see this project come to fruition.”

NED is still running a £1 introductory membership giving users access to all records available in the database for the public to view.

Jan Rogers, spokesman for NED, added: “Just under 3000 people have registered with NED to find their horses so far, and are providing useful feedback which is helping NED to improve the links between equines in the system.”

To view NED, go to www.nedonline.co.uk