According to the old adage, “Fools breed horses for wise men to buy”, but breeding horses for the sport horse industry in Britain has never been stronger.
The quality of horses being bred in Britain at the highest level is now on a par with the rest of Europe. The number of top riders supporting the British horse breeding industry by buying British is increasing every year with Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester among those doing so.
British-bred horses of particular note include Woodlander Farouche, who became the first British-bred to win the World Breeding Dressage Championships.
But while our quality of sport horse breeding has undoubtedly improved, there are major welfare concerns regarding the indiscriminate over-breeding of stock at the other end of the market.