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Find out more about our annual conference, including what's on this year and how to live stream the event, as well as watching films from previous events.

Find out more about our annual conference, including what's on this year and how to live stream the event, as well as watching films from previous events.

Conference 2019 – Who is responsible?

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World Horse Welfare’s 2019 conference focused on responsibility for equine welfare, examining just who is responsible and what that means. The event was chaired by George Freeman MP and speakers included Annamarie Phelps, Chair of the British Horseracing Authority; Rachel Murray, Orthopaedic Specialist at Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons; Bronwen Williams, independent trainer and educator; YouTube sensation This Esme; and Inspector Dave Smith, of Kent Police.

The discussion panel examined a responsible approach to equine welfare and comprised racing journalist and broadcaster Mike Cattermole; showjumper Joe Stockdale; vet and British Veterinary Association Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel member Dr Madeleine Campbell; BBC Sports Correspondent Joe Wilson; New Forest commoner and Foundation for Common Land trustee Lyndsey Stride; and vet and World Horse Welfare Trustee Julie Ross.

Later in the day ‘Charity in Action’ presentations highlighted elements of World Horse Welfare’s current work in the UK and around the world that involves owners, partner charities and governments. The UK Welfare team examined the many layers of responsibility involved in equine welfare; the Campaigns team explored the possibility of improving UK horse health through human behaviour change; and the International team looked at how horse-human partnerships can be improved using behavioural science.

Click on a speaker or discussion section below to watch this year’s Conference back.

Michael Baines, World Horse Welfare Chairman  

Roly Owers, World Horse Welfare Chief Executive

Annamarie Phelps, British Horseracing Authority Chair

Dr Rachel Murray, Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons Orthopaedic Specialist

Bronwen Williams, Independent Trainer and Educator

Part 1 Q&A discussion

ThisEsme, YouTube Star

Inspector Dave Smith, Kent Police

Part 2 Q&A discussion

Discussion panel

HRH The Princess Royal, World Horse Welfare President

Roly Owers, World Horse Welfare Chief Executive 

Last year’s conference

World Horse Welfare Conference 2018: Changing Times

The 2018 theme was ‘Changing Times‘ – and we welcomed a wide range of speakers and discussion panellists who highlighted everything from the need to help people to help horses, the changing trends in equine training methods, the world behind the phenomenon of Gypsy cobs – and of course the possible impacts of Brexit.

The speakers who helped us to explore the themes and topics in 2018 were:

9:45am – Conference opened by World Horse Welfare Chairman Michael Baines – Watch Michael Baines’ Presentation

10:00am – World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers gives his view on Changing Times – Watch Roly Owers’ Presentation

10:10am – Why we need to help people if we want to help horses: Utam Kaphle, Executive Director of Animal Nepal – Watch Utam Kaphle’s Presentation

10:25am – Equestrian sport: the good, the bad and the ugly – and where next? Richard Davison, former Olympic dressage rider and World Horse Welfare Trustee – Watch Richard Davison’s Presentation

10:40am – What is the deal with these gypsy cobs? Andrea Betteridge, Founder of the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association – Watch Andrea Betteridge’s Presentation

10:55am – Q&A – Watch the Part 1 Q&A session

11:50am – Seismic shifts? A perspective on Brexit: Tim Collins CBE – Watch Tim Collins’ Presentation

12:00pm – Charities, trust and the broad horizon ahead: Jo Saxton, Nfp Synergy – Watch Joe Saxton’s Presentation

12:10pm – Q&A – Watch the Part 2 Q&A session

12:20pm – Discussion Panel: An embarrassment of vets on ‘changing times’ –  Julian Rishworth, Ebony Escalona, Ben Mayes, Gemma Pearson and Sarah Coombs – Watch the Discussion Panel

Chaired by Nick Powell, Sky News Sports Editor, the discussion panel focused on a number of key topics:

  • The Great Yorkshire Show has adopted a relatively strict policy with regards to rider weight.  How serious an issue is it where riders are mismatched to their mounts?
  • Despite the digital revolution owners still place great trust in their vet.  Given the pivotal role vets play in enhancing equine health and welfare how can they improve communication with their clients?
  • Equine welfare charities have seen a surge in cases involving hard to reach communities over the past few years.  What more could vets be doing to meet this growing challenge?
  • Our understanding of equine behaviour has been transformed over the past few years.  Do artificial aids such as whips and spurs have a place in modern horsemanship?

01:20pm – HRH The Princess Royal – Watch HRH The Princess Royal’s speech

01:30pm – Roly Owers summing up – Watch Roly Owers summing up

Previous conferences

2017 Conference – Invisible Horses of the Future

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2016 Conference – The Invisible Horse

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2015 Conference – Challenging the Status Quo

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2014 Conference – What is the Value of Horses?

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2013 Conference – Horses in the Future

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2012 Conference – The Importance of Horses in Society Today
2011 Conference – Olympics 2012: What legacy for horse welfare?
2010 Conference
2009 Conference

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