International Women's Day 2023
Equity, Equality and Equestrian Sport
Women equestrians are pretty fortunate compared to women in many other sports. Equestrian sport is the only Olympic sport where men and women compete on equal terms, with equal prize money and equal access to all competitions. Most of the teams at major competitions such as the Olympics are mixed.
With regards to equity in equestrian sport studies have shown that, for the most part, men and women have the same opportunities to win. There may still be some disparity in opportunities and sponsorship for riders depending on gender however the good news is that women have as good a chance of winning an olympic medal as men!
Additionally, equestrian sport has many women in high profile positions, recipients of top awards such as Sports Personality of the Year and the current world number one dressage rider is 26 year old Charlotte Fry!
Here at BHE we have many girl-spirations and along with riders Charlotte Dujardin and Lottie Fry, our all time Girl Boss is 8-time Paralympic gold medalist Sophie Christansen. Sophie is the absolute heroic representation for disabled and able-bodied women in sport. The huge range of amateur and professional women riders across all the different disciplines provide wonderful role models for younger riders.
- Raise awareness - share any information about IWD across social media and use the hashtag #IWD2023
- Educate yourself - the more we know, the more we can spread the word!
- Get involved - supporting women led businesses and charities