A new Pony Party scheme has been launched by the British Horse Society (BHS) in a bid to help inspire the next generation of equestrians.

The BHS Approved Pony Party Provider scheme is an expansion of the BHS Approved Centre Scheme, and is designed to support businesses who provide that all-important first contact with ponies, through various occasions and activities.

The initiative also aims to help promote safe, inclusive and encouraging environments for people to experience horses and ponies, with education and welfare at the heart of the programme.

Approved providers will receive a range of benefits, including a listing on the BHS’s ‘Find an Approved Centre’ search engine and the dedicated ‘Find a Pony Party Provider’ webpage. They will also receive a BHS Gold Professional Membership and support from their dedicated regional BHS Buisness Support Manager.

“We are thrilled to launch the BHS Approved Pony Party Provider Scheme.” said Oonagh Maher, Head of Approved Centres Operations at the BHS. “For many children, pony parties are their first chance to experience the magic of horses, with a first meeting often transforming a young person’s life.

“This is an exciting and important step forward for equine partcipation, helping to make sure that pony party providers can continue to successfully take the best care of their ponies whilst giving peace of mind to the parents that they’re offering the children the best equine experience possible.”

To learn more about the BHS Approved Pony Party Provider scheme and the benefits offered to those involved, visit bhs.org.uk/ponyparties

To locate your nearest pony party provider, go to bhs.org.uk/go-riding/find-an-approved-pony-parties-provider/

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