The official podcast from the British Equestrian Federation, presented by Rachel Dyke and Matt Williams.
Millions of people take part in our great sport many of them every day. We're here to celebrate them and tell their stories. From our gold medallists to the riders who are just in it for the love, we'll be talking to them all.
Pony Club Sports: Endurance
Ever wanted to know more about the equestrian sport of endurance? In the first episode of 2020, Rachel meets Pony Club Endurance Chairman Robert Blane to find out how the sport works, the type of horse you need to get involved and the valuable skills you can learn as you progress.
Riding and Road Safety
Riding on the roads is unavoidable for the majority of equestrians in the UK, but incidents with cars and other vehicles are widely reported. To support Road Safety Week, Rachel sits down with Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the British Horse Society, to find out what riders can do to make sure they and their horses are as safe as possible when riding on the roads. They also discuss what the British Horse Society is doing to improve education and understanding around riding and road safety to help ensure that fewer incidents are seen in the future.
It's Fast, It's Fun... It's Mounted Games!
Rachel is given a crash course in the fast-paced sport of mounted games when she goes to watch the Pony Club's Prince Philip Cup at the Horse of the Year Show. Pony Club Chairman – and mounted games super-fan – Marcus Capel explains what the sport is all about, then members from each of the competing Pony Clubs share why they love mounted games so much. You'll be signing up to have a go in no time!
With the great and the good of British eventing heading to the CCI5* at Pau, Rachel reflects back to when she sat down with Gemma Tattersall earlier in the year. They chat about Gemma's season, her up-and-coming stars – two of whom are at Pau this year – and dream holiday locations. Plus, there's a round-up of essential horsey viewing for this weekend and the low-down on the equestrian awards season.
Volunteering: The Habit of a Lifetime
Volunteering is a vital part of the equestrian industry – without it, we simply couldn't function. In this episode, Rachel heads to Pony Club HQ to talk to CEO Marcus Capel and Development Officer Zoe Pulling to find out about the Young Equestrian Leaders Award, which is a scheme designed to encourage young people to get involved with volunteering. Then, she catches up with Sophie, who's recently earned her YELA Gold certificate, to find out what she's gained from this habit of a lifetime.
Equestrian Sport For All
Following the formation of the BEF's Equality Engagement Group (EEG), Matt and Rachel discuss the topic of diversity in equestrian sport. The BEF's Head of Participation, Anna Hall, explains why the EEG was set up and what they hope to achieve, then Rachel speaks to group members representing Ebony Horse Club and The Urban Equestrian Academy – two equestrian projects already working closely with diverse communities and seeing the benefits.