World Horse Welfare's Annual Conference to Debate ‘Invisible Horses of the Future’


World Horse Welfare Annual Conference will explore emerging equine welfare challenges

World Horse Welfare Conference 2017

Charity World Horse Welfare’s 2017 Annual Conference (30th November 2017) will feature a series of speakers from across the equestrian, veterinary, academic and business sectors who will discuss and debate the intransigent and emerging  welfare challenges facing the global equine population.

As World Horse Welfare marks its 90th anniversary this year, the conference will take learnings from the past whilst looking ahead at how best people can help protect the world’s invisible horses from the welfare challenges they are currently facing or will be faced with in future years.

World Horse Welfare President, HRH The Princess Royal, will open the day’s proceedings by outlining the importance of having a practical voice to promote lasting changes for the global equine population in the context of the ever changing horse-human relationship.

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Other speakers will include entrepreneur, businesswoman and Dragon’s Den star, Deborah Meaden, who will give the UK perspective on the invisible horses of the future – drawing on experiences from a day spent with World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Jeff Herrington, and through her various links with horses and the wider sector. Veterinary Professor Brian Perry OBE will discuss the welfare challenges presented by the rise in demand for equine derived products such as donkey skins, whilst animal welfare scientist and ethologist Michael Appleby OBE will discuss the importance of recognising working equids’ link with human livelihoods. Career digital marketer and entrepreneur, Sam Tolhurst, will present on lessons learned by business about social media and the opportunities and threats it brings for organisastions like World Horse Welfare.

A discussion panel chaired by Sky News Sports Editor Nick Powell and including Olympic gold medallist eventer Sir Mark Todd CBE, Vice President of the RCVS Chris Tufnell, Kate Hoey MP and World Horse Welfare Chief Field Officer, Claire Gordon, will debate the meaning of responsible equine ownership from birth to death.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said:

“Our 2017 conference builds on our 2016 theme of the ‘Invisible Horse’ – those who suffer in silence because people cannot or choose not to see them - and will mark a milestone in our 90 year history as we discuss and debate what the future has in store for our equine population.

“We are delighted to have such a wide range of influential speakers from across the business, equestrian, academic and political worlds who can all provide a unique perspective on a shared goal of how best we can help provide for the invisible horses of the future.”