In September 2003 The Henley Centre was appointed to undertake research to provide the information and insight needed to underpin the development of a long-term strategy for the horse industry.
The strategic initiative has been launched by The British Horse Industry Confederation and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, with the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Executive. The strategy will set out a vision of where the horse industry would like to be in ten years, and how the Government can provide support. The strategy will cover the industry’s capacity for making a greater economic contribution within a framework of sustainable development.
The research has two objectives: firstly, to establish a ‘baseline’ for the industry, that is, to develop a workable definition of the horse industry and to take this forward by economically sizing the industry given the available data; and secondly, to investigate the predominant strategic issues for the industry over the next ten years. This report provides their findings.