The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) with the International Federation of Equestrian Tourism (FITE).
FITE was created in 1975 and aims to unite National Equestrian Tourism Organisations across the world, representing them and fostering the development of all tourism activities involving the use of horses.
"The FEI is very happy to be working even more closely with equestrian tourism and the signing of this MoU is an important part of that," said FEI President Ingmar De Vos.
"Our organisations have a very strong connection, sharing the same values of horse welfare and horsemanship, promoting equestrianism and encouraging its development.
"We are part of the same community, with the welfare of the horse being at the heart of all our activities.
"Equestrian sport is so diverse, with the remarkable relationship between equestrian athletes and their horses, which also translates across equestrian tourism.
"It’s that same bond, whether you are an elite athlete on the world stage or riding in a beautiful remote location, it’s the passion and diversity that are inherent to our sport which help spread the spirit of equestrian."
MoUs have already been signed by the FEI with the equine welfare charity World Horse Welfare, various riders’ clubs, event organisers and officials.
It is claimed by the FEI that these collaborationsv formalise the relationship" between themselves and the partnering organisation and "give a voice" to those working with the FEI in developing equestrian sport.
"The signature of this MoU is a sign of confidence from the FEI to our federation and we are honoured by this new collaboration, which creates a real synergy between our different equestrian actors," said FITE President Frédéric Bouix.
"The MoU is based on a mutual commitment to equestrian sport and fostering its growth as we work together to continue to enhance best practice and the development of equestrian sport."