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The equine industry in Wales received a leg up last night — with the formation of a Cross Party Group for the Horse.

The group will represent key issues on equine matters throughout Wales to the Welsh Assembly.

Founding the Cross Party Group for the Horse are Assembly Members representing the Welsh Conservatives, Labour, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrats. The group will be chaired by Brynle Williams, the Regional Assembly Member (Welsh Conservatives) for north Wales.

The British Horse Society (BHS) will provide the secretariat for the group.

BHS director of access, safety and welfare Mark Weston said: “It is crucial that the interests of horse and rider are taken forward at the Welsh Assembly through this group.

The value of equestrianism to the Welsh economy is enormous — with an estimated £222million generated from horse owners alone.”