Howden appoints industry veteran David Long as Chair, Equine division


London, 7 October 2022 – Howden today announces the appointment of David Long as Chairman of its Equine division, part of its Sports & Entertainment practice.

With almost 40 years’ experience in the bloodstock insurance market, Long started his career in 1984 with Harrison Horncastle. In 1999, he was a founder of Howard Global Ltd, a specialist bloodstock and equine broker, which grew to become the largest single bloodstock insurance broker in the London market, and which set up Galileo Underwriting Agency LLP, a specialist bloodstock MGA backed by Swiss Re and Scor.

Based in London and reporting to Duncan Fraser, Global Practice Leader, Sport & Entertainment, Long will focus on growing Howden’s bloodstock client base, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom, United States and Australasia.  Howden’s Equine team is the only London based broker that offers the whole suite of equine products to the market, including commercial liability and property products. 

Howden is an official partner of Ascot racecourse, and is an established insurance broker to the horse racing industry, arranging specialist equine insurance solutions for equestrian associations, racecourses, racehorse trainers, stud farms, riding schools and horse owners. David Howden, CEO, is also the founder of the Cornbury House Horse Trials, and has invested in British Eventing through the Howden Way, which encompasses a training programme for young riders of all levels along with a young horse talent pathway programme.

Duncan Fraser, Global Practice Leader, Sports & Entertainment, Howden, commented: “David’s appointment reflects our continued strategy to attract and recruit talented individuals to enhance the scale and depth of our equestrian insurance offering. Howden has established ties to the equestrian world, and our Equine team has many years’ experience in designing products for equestrian businesses and horse owners around the world. We will continue to hire experienced individuals to provide more choice and a fresh alternative for Equine clients.

David Long, Chair, Equine, Howden, commented: “With its strong association with the equestrian world, commitment to client and insurer relationships, industry leading claims service, global footprint and data & analytics capability, Howden is a true differentiator in the Equine market, and was the only organization I wanted to come out of retirement to join. I’m looking forward to working with the team, building on the existing book of clients, and identifying further opportunities to grow.”