Equine Charity, The British Horse Society (BHS) have today launched a new BHS Approved Pony Party Provider scheme, in a bid to provide more young people with the opportuntiy to experience the true joys of horses.

As an expansion of the BHS Approved Centre Scheme, this exciting new initiative is designed to engage and support businesses who provide that all important first contact with ponies, through various occasions, celebrations and activities.

The Pony Party Provider scheme 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 approvals 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.

Oonagh Maher, Head of Approved Centres Operations at The British Horse Society said: “We are thrilled to launch the BHS Approved Pony Party Provider Scheme. 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 providers, visit bhs.org.uk/ponyparties

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

The BHS couldn’t continue their vital work to support the equestrian industry, and to Keep Britain Riding, without your donations and support. From every £1 that the BHS raises, 94p goes towards our charitable objectives. Visit our website to learn more today: bhs.org.uk