International equestrian experts come together to consider “Whose opinion matters?” - Veterinary Practice
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now


International equestrian experts come together to consider “Whose opinion matters?”

World Horse Welfare is to host a conference, with a group of speakers to include HRH The Princess Royal, considering the question “Whose opinion matters?” when it comes to managing the many and complex facets of the horse-human partnership on 11 November 2021

On Thursday 11 November 2021 at 9:45am, a stellar array of equestrian professionals and supporters – and the charity’s President Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal – are to join World Horse Welfare live to consider “whose opinion matters?” when it comes to managing the many and complex facets of the horse-human partnership.  

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, asks: “The sheer volume of opinion out there can be both overwhelming and deafening. In horse sport, welfare has again sparked fierce debate in the media, from that photo of Gordon Elliot to revelations in Panorama [on the] treatment of horses in Modern Pentathlon at the Olympics, but strong views can be found wherever horses come into contact with people. But wh[o] should we listen to? How open are we to views that challenge our own way of seeing?  And when – if ever – should opinion overrule fact?” 

How we manage and use horses has developed as understanding has increased, but some aspects of equestrianism are also entrenched in tradition. The line-up of speakers will explore this complex and evolving relationship and consider why it can be difficult to find and recognise the right advice and sources of information.

Speakers include:  

The live discussion panel features representatives from a diverse cross-section of the equestrian world: well-known DJ and horse-owner Sara Cox; veterinary surgeon and MP for Penrith and The Border, Dr Neil HudsonCamie Heleski, Equine Lecturer at University of KentuckyMariano Hernandez-Gil from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Chris Tufnell, Vet and World Horse Welfare Trustee. The panel will consider the points raised in the morning’s sessions and take questions from the audience. 

The charity’s President, HRH The Princess Royal, will provide her views at 1:25pm and the conference will run until 3:00pm.   

Anyone with an interest in horses, animal welfare, racing or equestrian sport can register to watch World Horse Welfare’s annual conference live and it will remain to watch afterwards on the charity’s YouTube channel.

World Horse Welfare would like to thank the headline sponsor of the Conference, The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, and the events other supporters, the Horseracing Betting Levy Board and MSD Animal Health.  

Veterinary Practice

Improve Veterinary Practice (part of the Improve International Group) is an online knowledge and information hub for veterinary professionals across all specialties. It provides reliable, useful and interesting content, written by expert authors and covering small animal, large animal, exotics, equine and practice management
sectors of the veterinary surgeon and nursing professions.

Improve Veterinary Practice also offers a subscription-based membership, offering CPD courses and much more for the whole veterinary community.

Improve Veterinary Practice exists to inspire and inform your day-to-day work, and enable your ongoing professional development.

More from this author

Have you heard about our
IVP Membership?

A wide range of veterinary CPD and resources by leading veterinary professionals.

Stress-free CPD tracking and certification, you’ll wonder how you coped without it.

Discover more