Delegates from Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, the UAE and the USA are taking part in three days of lectures and discussion sessions across a wide range of topics relating to international endurance.
Guest speakers have travelled from Canada, America, the UAE, Malaysia and Switzerland, and from across Australia.
Dr Sheahan has also confirmed his availability to be the FEI Veterinarian Advisor in Mongolia for an intensive week of FEI-sponsored Endurance Education scheduled after the forum. He will be joined by Allan Renner, another senior FEI Endurance Official, who will be the Judge/TD Advisor.
The FEI is committed to supporting Endurance in Mongolia, a country that has shown great interest in the discipline. Endurance became an FEI discipline in 1982. It is now the fastest growing of all the FEI disciplines and is second only to jumping in competitor numbers.
The members of the FEI Endurance Technical Committee who are in attendance at the Australian forum will also attend the Australian Endurance Festival taking place, this weekend featuring FEI competitions at 1*, 2* and 3* level.
Conference organisers say the primary goal of the three-day meeting is to achieve the aspirations of the FEI Code of Conduct, which states "The FEI urges all involved with the sport to attain the highest levels of education in their areas of expertise."
As well as a forum on the future of international competitions in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and Thailand, the conference will also discuss:
Mr Ian Williams: Director of Non Olympic Disciplines FEI, 4* FEI Official Judge and Technical Delegate, Former Chef d'Equipe for Great Britain.
Mrs Ruth Carlson: Chair, FEI Endurance Committee, 4* FEI Official Judge. FEI Steward.
Dr Jean-Louis Leclerc: 4* FEI Endurance Veterinarian, Chef d'Equipe of the very successful French National Endurance Team, member of the FEI Endurance Committee.
Dr Brian Sheahan, BVSc MACVSc: Principal, Samford Valley Veterinary Hospital, Queensland, 4* FEI Endurance Veterinarian, member of the FEI Endurance Committee.
Dr Peter Huntington, BVSc: Nutritionist and veterinarian with Kentucky Equine Research.
Mr Jaume Punti Dachs: Head trainer for H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as well as the winning trainer of the 160km 4* 2008 World Endurance Championships, Malaysia, and 160km 4* World Equestrian Games, Kentucky 2011.
Dr Jim Bryant, DVM: 4* FEI Endurance Veterinarian, 4* FEI Judge, Team Veterinarian Emirates Endurance Stables.
Dr Martha Misheff, DVM: Dubai Equine Hospital, 4* FEI Endurance Veterinarian.
Prof. Bashir Ahmad Fateh: Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Malaysia, 4* FEI Endurance Veterinarian.
Assoc. Prof. Anne Barnes BVSc BSc(Hons) PhD MACVSc, Murdoch University, 4* FEI Endurance Veterinarian with special interest in the pathophysiology of heat stress
Dr Warwick Vale, BVSC MACVSc: Equine Practitioner, Equestrian Australia National Medication Control Officer, FEI Veterinarian.
Dr Steve Zedler: BS VMD DAIS Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery & Diagnostics University of Queensland.
Dr Paula Williams BVSc BSc (Hons) MRCVS: Senior Equine Clinician, Samford Valley Veterinary Hospital.
Dr Cliff Pollard, MBBS FRACS: Head of Trauma Services, Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Meg Wade: Australia's most successful international competitor; trainer and breeder, Castlebar Endurance Arabians.
Chris Gates: Chairperson, National Endurance Sports Committee; trainer and breeder, Castlebar Endurance Arabians.