Make Brexit an Opportunity, British Equine Industry Says

Panelists discussed the potential impact on equine trade, identification, biosecurity, competition travel, and more.
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The hot topics of Brexit’s impact on the horse industry and the threat of inflated business rates were among many subjects debated by a government minister, academics, charities, horse owners, and breed society representatives, at the 25th National Equine Forum (NEF), held in London, United Kingdom, last week.

The prevailing refrain was that the industry should continue to pull together and recognize change as opportunity.

The National Equine Forum unites leaders, influencers, listeners, and debaters to drive discussion on some of Britain’s most pertinent equestrian matters. This year, as well as speculating on Brexit’s positives and negatives and discussing increases in business rates for riding schools and livery yards, attendees heard about progress with the Central Equine Database and the Thoroughbred Health Network was launched as a U.K.-wide initiative.

Additionally, Redwings Horse Sanctuary announced the results of their recent strangles survey and discussed infectious disease management protocols. Further, attendees heard about the replacement to the Horserace Betting Levy, the impact of tack on horse comfort and welfare, and how lives can be changed through horses

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