British Equestrian Media Association News

May 5, 2024
BEMA Bulletin - Issue 1

WELCOME Hello and welcome to this first BEMA Bulletin. I suggested the idea at past AGMs, so inevitably was asked to start it by Chairman Rupert! The aim? To produce a quarterly newsletter with BEMA committee updates, news about members, new member information, any info from shows and riders you may have missed, generally content […]

April 9, 2024
DACS: Protecting and Rewarding Visual Artists in the Digital Age

For many digital creators, the concept of royalties might seem like something reserved for musicians or writers. But what if your artistic skills are used in the creation of digital content? That's where DACS, the Design and Artists Copyright Society, comes in. What is DACS? Established in 1984, DACS is a non-profit organisation dedicated to […]

March 19, 2024
Hickstead seeks social media for international shows

Would you like to experience working in the Hickstead Press Office? Hickstead are looking for a student or recent graduate to undertake a work experience placement this summer at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead. Priority will be given to those currently in full-time education, whose course requires them to complete a work placement, though […]

March 9, 2024
Kit Houghton Photo of the Year 2023

The inaugural Kit Houghton Photo of the Year competition was a great success, with 57 entries from a wide variety of equine photograph disciplines. Some entrants told us a story with their entries, some provided them as they were, allowing the viewer to create their own backstory. Entries were collated and added to a new […]

December 28, 2023
What to do if someone steals your images

Some tips on what to do if you find your images have been stolen and used by someone else.

December 17, 2023
Interview: Ros Canter is 2023 BEMA Equestrian of the Year

Rosalind Canter was voted British Equestrian Media Association Equestrian of the Year at the BEMA Awards lunch at the London International Horse Show. Ros had a spectacular 2023 which included individual and team European Eventing Championship gold medals as well as five-star victories at Badminton and Pau. She was presented with the BEMA Trophy and […]

December 16, 2023
BEMA Awards 2023

Eventing legends, awe-inspiring Hickstead moments and rising stars were honoured at the 2023 British Equestrian Media Association’s (BEMA) Awards lunch at the London International Horse Show on Thursday (14 December). Double Badminton winner Jane Holderness-Roddam was the recipient of BEMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which was announced during the lunch and then presented by Rupert Bell […]

October 26, 2023
Chairman's Letter - Autumn 2023

Dear BEMA member, I’m very honoured to be writing my first annual report as your Chairman. I know we are all enormously grateful to my predecessor, Andrew Baldock, for his leadership since 2012, ably supported by wonderful committee members giving their time to help the organisation achieve its aims of improving conditions for journalists and […]

July 12, 2023
BEWA has changed its name

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.

January 1, 2023
Michael Clayton 1934-2022

It is with great sadness that we report that Michael Clayton, the former journalist, war reporter and Horse & Hound editor, and life member of BEWA, has died.

December 20, 2022
Youth and experience celebrated by BEWA

Showjumping legend John Whitaker and Britain’s two reigning world champions Lottie Fry and Yasmin Ingham were celebrated by the British Equestrian Writers’ Association (BEWA) at London International Horse Show.

September 13, 2022
Alan Smith

It is with the deepest sadness that I must inform you of Alan Smith's passing.

Alan, as most of you will know, was a founder member of the British Equestrian Writers' Association and a past president.

June 21, 2022
Kit Houghton recognised at RWHS

The Earl of Wessex presented Kit Houghton with the prestigious Geoffrey Cross Memorial Trophy at Windsor in May.

January 21, 2022
BEWA Awards presented at London International Horse Show

See also, BEWA Awards 2022, BEMA Awards 2023 Although the annual BEWA AGM and Awards were not able to go ahead as planned this year, it was still possible to present a couple of our awards to their recipients. BEWA Treasurer Lynne Reed presented Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Maher with the Personality of […]

November 12, 2021
BEWA Newsletter 2021

November 2021 Dear BEWA Member, An equestrian year that started so hesitantly has ended in a burst of triumph, with Britain's second successive individual Olympic show jumping gold medal, a first Olympic eventing team gold since 1972 and dressage medals galore. British eventers have dominated in a way not seen for decades, winning four team […]

November 13, 2019
Chairman's Letter 2019

Dear BEWA member, Equestrian sport in 2019 has been a case of new and – rather than old - familiar faces. We have seen the heart-warming comeback to the top of the sport by Pippa Funnell in eventing and the domination of Piggy French, who is now world number two and has enjoyed her rightful […]

June 26, 2019
Long list for 2019 Eventing European Championships Announced

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has today confirmed the combinations that have been long-listed for the 2019 FEI Eventing European Championships. From this list up to six combinations will be selected to represent Great Britain at the 2019 Eventing European Championship, which this year take place in Luhmühlen, Germany, from 29 August to 1 September 2019. The […]

June 26, 2019
Ben Maher Qualifies for GCT Super Grand Prix

Ben Maher and Explosion W narrowly missed out on the GCT Grand Prix of Cascais win having been pipped to the post by his London Knights teammate Martin Fuchs (SUI) and Chaplin only hours after they won the GCL together earlier in the evening. The win was a repeat performance of Madrid where London Knights […]

June 25, 2019
British Riders on form at Bramham

From Equestrian Team GBR: It was a bumper weekend for the Brits at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials in Yorkshire, with excellent performances in all three of the 4* classes. First to step onto the podium was Gemma Tattersall, who piloted her Rio Olympic Games mount Quicklook V to a fault-free finish in the […]

December 23, 2018
Canter triumphs at BEWA Awards

Ros Canter, the 2018 eventing world champion, has won the British Equestrian Writers' Association rider of the year award. Canter, who is based in Lincolnshire, captured individual and team gold at the World Equestrian Games in the United States. She became only Britain's fifth eventing world champion since 1966, while she also joined forces with […]

December 21, 2018
BEWA Lunch Award Winners 2018

Many thanks to Jon Stroud for these photos of the award winners 2018 at the BEWA Lunch at Olympia on Wednesday.

October 19, 2018
Chairman's Letter 2018

October 2018 Dear BEWA memberIt was an extremely elite group of BEWA members that braved the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina – and Hurricane Florence – and I can report that it really wasn’t that bad! In fact, much of the sport was superb and the press office was a cheerful, efficient place, […]

October 6, 2018
Annual AGM and lunch

BEWA lunch – Wednesday, December 19, 12.30pm Please note that this year’s BEWA lunch takes place on a Wednesday (owing to the proximity of Christmas) and has moved from the Hilton to a different venue, the Pillar Hall, which is part of the Olympia hall. The entrance, signposted Pillar Hall, is to the right of […]