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BEWA has changed its name

Samantha Clark and Pippa Kyle, Bramham Horse Trials 2022

The British Equestrian Writers Association - BEWA has changed its name to the British Equestrian Media Association (BEMA) to better reflect its membership and the changing media landscape.

This year marks the association’s 50th anniversary and as BEMA turns its thoughts to the future, it is important first to look back at the past and to recognise and thank all those involved in its success over the last five decades.

BEMA’s name has changed, but core aims of improving working conditions, maintaining high standards of coverage and promoting equestrian sport remain at its heart.

The days of national papers having their own dedicated equestrian correspondent are gone, and it is important now – perhaps more so than ever before – that the stories in the horse world are told, and told well.

“It’s so important that BEMA is inclusive of all those working in the equestrian media world,” said chairman Rupert Bell.

“Whether you’re a photographer, writer, commentator, broadcaster, press officer, videographer, content creator – you name it – we want people to feel welcome in joining BEMA and to help us shape its future.”

BEWA has changed its name - The BEWA Trophy is presented to Ben Maher at the London International Horse Show 2022
Ben Maher is presented with the BEWA Trophy at London International Horse Show by BEMA's Lynne Reed.

BEMA is planning a calendar of networking and social events this year at major fixtures, including the annual AGM and Awards Lunch at The London International Horse Show, as well as a newsletter, plus the launch of its social media channels to showcase its members’ work, and more.


BEWA has changed its name to BEMA, The British Equestrian Media Association, to reflect the varied. nature of media involved in modern journalism.

Membership applications are actively invited and costs £25/year. Applicants will need to be proposed and seconded by current members and may be required to send samples of their work. For more information, contact us here.

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