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Equitation is the art and practise of riding and horsemanship. Originally it was an integral part of battlecraft for the Army’s of our forbearers. The mounted soldiers and Officers would start by training and bonding with their horses. In the years that have passed these vital skills were seen for their sporting application and the disciplines morphed into formalised sport once all the wars were over. The formalising of an Association, to support and grow Equestrian Sport in the Army, started around 1952 and since then the aim has always been to encourage serving personnel to strengthen their courage and resolve through the challenge of Equitation.

Riders and horses, across all ranks and cap badges, enjoy the team spirit and encouragement that comes from their Mounted Sports Clubs or Regimental Teams. Recently loan horse schemes, and a new Grassroots league allow those who don’t own a horse the opportunity to get involved in the sport and compete for their Corps and the Army. These are ably supported by the Army Centres of Equitation (ACE) which can be found in garrisons across the globe. Nearly every discipline is supported and the main Army level teams are for Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. These teams represent the Army at National and Inter-Service level competition through the year.

Development Pathway




15 Dec Equitation – Showjumping -Services Individual Showjumping Final London RSTB


11 Jan - 12 Jan Equitation – Dressage/Showjumping – Army Corps Grassroots League – Leg 1 Larkhill RSTB
26 Jan Army Racing – Grand Military Gold Cup Sandown NTA
08 Feb - 09 Feb Equitation – Dressage/Showjumping – Army Corps Grassroots League – Leg 2 Larkhill RSTB
15 Feb Army Racing – Royal Artillery Gold Cup Sandown NTA
11 Apr - 12 Apr Equitation – Dressage/Showjumping – Army Grassroots League Final Larkhill RSTB
04 May Equitation – Showjumping – Services Team Showjumping Final Windsor RSTB
18 May - 19 May Corps Dressage – UKAF Dressage Championships bedworth RSTB
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President – Maj General Sarah Johansen MBE

Chair– Brig Simon Stockley OBE

Operations Manager – Maj Fran Sykes RA

Treasurer– Maj Carolyn Bates RAVC

Chef d’Equipe– Sgt Sarah Karim AGC (RMP)

MSC Officer – Maj Simon Jones LANCS

AGRL Officer – Maj Georgie Mawbey RLC

Media Officer & Sponsorship – Ocdt Brian Leung RLC

Safety Officer – WO2 Karl Scholes HCMR

Quartermaster – CoH Andrew Mancey HCMR-DATR

Racing Officer– Lt Col Erica Bridge RA

Mounted Skill at Arms Officer – Maj David Puckey RLC

Dressage Team Captain – Capt Laura Mitchell AGC (RMP)

Eventing Team Captain – Maj Kirstie Deakin-Main RA

Showjumping Team Captain – Maj Zoe Andrew R Signals