New Relationship Develops Through DEFRA's Official For The
Cory, DEFRA's Official for the Horse, paid his first visit to the
BEF on Friday 14 February, with two other representatives from the
Horse Industry Team, Robert McCann and Judith Marsden.
Chief Executives of the BEF Member Bodies each gave a presentation
outlining their organisation's work, structure and aims. The Sporting
Members gave the Team an insight into their respective disciplines,
and Andrew Finding gave an overall view of the Federation and its
from his responsibility for equine issues, Mr Cory is Head of DEFRA's
Rural Economies and Strategy Division. This gives him a particular
interest in the horse's contribution to rural economies, which he
recognised was considerable, and its position as a vital element
in many rural communities. For this reason, DEFRA is keen to work
with the BEF and other industry bodies to agree a long term strategy
to promote the horse and its place in rural England. He was particularly
interested to learn from Members about how the 2001 FMD epidemic
had affected their operations.
Cory said; "The Department is grateful for the very constructive
way that the BEF is working with the Department across the range
of equestrian issues."
Finding said; "We were delighted to be able to brief the Official
for the Horse and his team at Stoneleigh. This new relationship
with Government through the
Official for the Horse should help the Federation, its members and
the wider industry."