• Christine Keate

Talking about what matters in the equestrian industry

The National Equine Forum takes place in March every year. Representatives from the government, equestrian industry, sport, welfare and veterinary sectors meet to discuss what is happening in the equine world and, how to improve the lives of our equine friends.

This year's meeting takes place on Thursday 3rd March, with reduced ticket availability to attend in person however, it will be live streamed again this year, giving everyone the opportunity to watch and participate. We are pleased to say that The Horse Hub will be attending in person so we hope to bring you our own personal take on the proceedings.

You can see the programme, speakers and, find out how to take part here: https://www.nationalequineforum.com/forum-2022/ from Monday 28th February you can submit questions quickly and easily, in advance, as well as up-voting existing, moderated questions, by using the audience participation tool Slido. You can find out more on the NEF website.

This year NEF is celebrating its 30th birthday, with an exciting topical programme from governmental, veterinary, charity and equestrian leaders, as well as looking at the past 30 years and what the future may have in store. Sessions include:

  • The Equine Industry in a Changing World with the Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra, Dr Robert Huey, Chief Veterinary Officer for Northern Ireland, Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs and Dr Martin Blake, Chief Veterinary Officer for Ireland, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

  • Equestrian safety with Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the British Horse Society and Claire Williams, Executive Director of the British Equestrian Trade Association.

  • Equine Health with David Mountford, Chair of the British Horse Council, Dr Richard Newton, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, University of Cambridge and Dr Beth Wells, Knowledge Exchange Specialist and Principal Research Scientist at the Moredun Research Institute.

  • National Equine Forum Review with Professor Graham Suggett OBE, Honourable Fellow of NEF and Miles Williamson-Noble, Honourable Fellow of NEF.

  • Workforce sustainability in the equine sector chaired by James Hick, Chief Executive of the British Horse Society and NEF Committee Member, with Ali Window, Director at Mount Mascal Stables, Ben Mitchell-Winter, General Manager and BHS Coach at Littlebourne Equestrian Centre, Lucy Katan, Executive Director of the British Grooms Association and Equestrian Employers Association, Linda Greening, Head of Inclusivity at Hartpury College and Zoe Elliott, Head of Careers Marketing and Recruitment at the British Horseracing Authority.

  • Equine anthelmintic resistance chaired by Dr Pat Harris, Vice Chair of NEF, with Dr Claire Stratford, Head of Efficacy Team and Anthelmintic Policy Lead at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Dr Alison Pyatt, International Programme Manager and Training Centre Lead at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, David Rendle, President Elect at the British Equine Veterinary Association, Claire Shand, Marketing Director at Westgate Labs and Sara Jerman, Assistant Centre Manager of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm.

  • Memorial lecture: Breeding: past present and future with Tullis Matson, Managing Director at Stallion AI Services Ltd and Cryogenics Ltd.

  • The winner of the 2022 Sir Colin Spedding Award will be announced during the day.


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