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Freedom of Information Request

Animal Welfare

Received: 5 September 2022

As a research analyst at the British Horse Society (BHS) I am making a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The BHS are currently in the process of determining the current number of licensed equestrian establishments in the United Kingdom, a figure which we understand is not held by any Government or equine body in the UK, including DEFRA. We did a similar exercise in 2018 and obtaining current data from 2022 will help us determine if there has been a decrease and/or a diversification of licensed establishments over the last 4 years, particularly given the impact of COVID19.

To aid this research, I would like to make a Freedom of Information request regarding the number of licensed equestrian establishments in your local authority. The information that we request is as follows:

1) The total number, names and contact information of licensed establishments relating to Horses which fall under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 that are currently operating within the jurisdiction of London Borough of Barnet in 2022, namely establishments involved in:
a) Hiring Out Horses (e.g. riding schools)
b) Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition (e.g. non-ridden activities such as Pony Parties and Equine Assisted Learning)

2) The total number, names and contact information of licensed establishments relating to Horses which fall under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 that were in operation within the jurisdiction of London Borough of Barnet in 2019, 2020 and 2021, namely establishments involved in:
a) Hiring Out Horses (e.g. riding schools)
b) Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition (e.g. non-ridden activities such as Pony Parties and Equine Assisted Learning)

3) If some, or all the above information is not available, please;
a) explain why the information is unavailable
b) provide confirmation of whether this information is publicly available and where it can be found (e.g. a website page)

Outcome / Documents

  • FOI response - application/pdf - Download
  • Response (all information to be supplied) - application/pdf - Download