The British Horse Council (BHC) has issued a new manifesto as a timely reminder to parliamentary candidates of why the British horse sector matters for the 2019 election.

The British Horse Council is the collective voice of the equine sector and the manifesto reminds candidates that the the horse world is the second largest rural employer (after agriculture), being worth £8bn to the UK economy. Collectively it has the potential for 4.4m votes; 1.3m of voters ride regularly and 3.1m would like to ride again.

The manifesto distils a number of high priorities into focused calls for Government support. From promoting riding, improving equine health and welfare and facilitating the growth of the industry, to recognising the needs for skilled labour and easy movement of high health horses under any future arrangements with Europe, the equine sector has been clear in its ask.

David Mountford, chair of the British Horse Council said: “Our manifesto is a punchy summary of the areas that are of vital importance to us within the equine sector. We aim to make as many people as possible aware of the scope of our industry, the horse’s contribution to society and the things we would like newly elected parliamentarians to focus on when they first step into office.”

Visit www.britishhorsecouncil.org to download a copy of the manifesto