An equestrian centre in East Sussex has become the 1,000th riding establishment to receive British Horse Society approval.

The owner of Hurstwood Farm Equestrian Centre in High Hurstwood, Michael Pocock, says he is “thrilled” with the recognition.

“It has always been my intention to create a livery and training yard where the welfare of the horses is paramount,” he said.

“Now we have received the accolade of BHS approved livery yard status we have achieved our goal.”

The scheme has been running for more than 40 years as a way of offering riding establishments a way of promoting their good practices and high standards to the public and horse owners. It includes stables all over the world.

BHS chief executive Graham Cory said there had been an increase in the number of places applying to join the scheme last year.

He said: “Being a member of the largest scheme for equestrian establishments gives proprietors piece of mind knowing they are supported and recognised.”