British sport horse breeders are reeling from the shock of learning that the British Equestrian Federation has decided to withdraw all funding support from its breeding programmes as a result of financial restraits. It has said that they will be concentrating on their core activities of developing horse and rider skills in the three Olympic disciplines, plus endurance. Given this statement, however, one must question why Britain failed to send a team to the European Championships that began in Gothenburg today. They only supported two individuals – Michael Whitaker and his nephew William – although Michael has been forced to withdraw after Viking was injured. It appears that the euphoria following Nick Skelton’s historic showjumping Olympic gold medal in Rio last year was short-lived, and one must question whether the health of equestrian sport, and sport horse breeding in Great Britain are now in serious decline.