Ethics of horses in sport in spotlight at equitation science conference

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ISES conference to host a focus group with the FEI’s new independent Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission.
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This year’s International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference is hosting a focus group to consider the ethics and wellbeing of horses used in sport to inform the FEI’s new independent Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission.

Those attending the conference are invited to take part in a workshop to explore questions around the ethics and wellbeing of using horses in sport. The results will help inform the FEI’s new, independent Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission in developing a practical framework that will allow the federation to address current and future concerns related to the use of horses in sport.

ISES 2022’s “Succeed with Science: Performance, Practice and Positive Partnerships” is the first in-person conference since 2019; in 2021 it was held online.

The programme for the conference, at Hartpury College from August 9 to 12, comprises research presentations, keynote sessions on recent industry research, panel discussions, short talks on significant research findings, and plenary sessions with thought-provoking summaries of current and future thinking. The FEI workshop will take place on the morning of August 9.

Plenary sessions are being headed by Professor Tim Parkin, Dr Gemma Pearson, Christopher Bartle, and Professor Natalie Waran.

Keynote speakers include Dr David Marlin, Dr Gemma Pearson, Dr Russell MacKechnie-Quire, and Dr Jane Williams.

Workshops are being presented by Linda Greening, Dr Andrew Hemmings, Ed Bracher, Anna Collins, and Dr Marc Pierard.

Other sessions are being presented or chaired by Goran Dalin, Aurelie Jolivald, Dr Jane Williams, Dr Orla Doherty, Dr Tamzin Furtado, Rosie Scott Ward, Gill Keegan, Dr Camie Heleski, and Dr Wenhao Zhang,

Practical workshops on the second day are being presented by Dr Marc Pierard, Dr Jenni Douglas, Dr Kathryn Nankervis, Dr Gillian Tabor, Marianne Davies, Dr Celeste Wilkins, and Professor Natalie Waran.

Members of the ISES have been in the news in recent weeks, with Paul McGreevy contributing significantly to the influential World Horse Welfare report on whip use in racing, and Professor Natalie Waren being announced as the chair of the FEI’s new independent Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission.

World Horse Welfare CEO Roly Owers will chair the morning session on the conference’s third day.

Tickets for the conference are available here. All delegates receive a complimentary pass to attend Hartpury’s International Horse Trials for Saturday’s cross-country day and a ticket to attend the Rider’s Party.

» Full conference schedule

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