Invisible Horses Brought into the Spotlight at Charity’s Annual Conference


World Horse Welfare Conference 2016 to address range of topics

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The 2016 World Horse Welfare Conference will explore the theme of ‘The Invisible Horse’ through a range of influential speakers, a discussion panel and three ‘Charity in Action’ presentations.

The annual conference, will focus on what makes a suffering horse – or one that is likely to suffer – ‘invisible’ and the essential role of charities and others in bringing their plight into the spotlight, plus ongoing work to tackle the root causes of their invisibility.

His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Emirates Heritage Club in the UAE will speak on The Bouthieb Initiative – a way of valuing welfare over speed in the sport of endurance which has been plagued by negative stories and welfare problems in recent years, whilst Chris Riggs of the Hong Kong Jockey Club will present on the development of equine health and welfare standards in China. Another presenter, to be revealed on the day, will focus on invisible horses in the UK.

Broadcaster, journalist, author and lecturer, Anthony Hilton and Head of Data Analysis of nfpSynergy, Cian Murphy, will discuss the issues of declining trust in charities and what the sector must do to combat this shift.

A discussion panel chaired by Olympic gymnast, presenter and World Horse Welfare Patron, Suzanne Dando-Reynolds will help lead a debate on the role of charity in equine welfare in the UK with panellists including; international event rider, Harry Meade, Labour MP, Angela Smith, Member of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, Tim Morris, magazine Editor, Louise Kittle and World Horse Welfare Chairman, Barry Johnson MRCVS.

World Horse Welfare President, HRH The Princess Royal, will complete the morning session with her words and thoughts on the Invisible Horse theme.

Following the speakers and discussion panel, members of staff from World Horse Welfare will lead interactive ‘Charity in Action’ presentations focussing on the charity’s work making invisible horses visible, including working horses in South Africa, improving welfare at slaughter (including the use of CCTV), and the hidden and unseen problems faced by vulnerable horses in the UK.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said:

“Each year since it began, our annual conference has grown in both size and influence and 2016 is set to be our biggest yet. We are delighted to host such a wide range of influential speakers and panellists who will all bring unique perspectives and insights to our theme.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests to the Royal Geographical Society and to the many people who will be following proceedings through our live stream. It is set to be a highly thought provoking day and one that helps identify tangible and practical ways to make more of the world’s invisible horses visible.”

World Horse Welfare’s Annual Conference is an invitation only and the guest list is now full. A live stream of the whole day can be found at: