Welcome to the National Equine Forum

The National Equine Forum (NEF) is the only equine conference of its kind in the UK, free from any specific equine sector affiliation, bias or commercial influence.

Recognised in the horse world as an outstanding annual event this exceptional conference brings together influential members of the equine industry, experts and government to debate pertinent topical issues and discuss current research and innovation.  It also provides a unique opportunity for networking with the leaders of the industry.

The 27th National Equine Forum was held on Thursday 7th March 2019 (#NEF19).

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NEF20 to explore importance of behaviour change

The outline programme for the 28th National Equine Forum has been confirmed. This annual event will be held in London on Thursday 5th March 2020 and will cover a breadth of important global and national topics related to the equine sector. A key element of the programme will explore the impact of human behavioural science on horse care and welfare. The National Equine Forum provides a dynamic platform for government...

Insights from NEF 2019 shape 2020 programme

Insights gained from this year’s National Equine Forum (NEF) have been used to shape the programme for the forthcoming event on Thursday 5 March 2020, to give the equestrian industry the topics they most want to hear about. This year the event organisers have used feedback from delegates, together with social media activity, live stream and podcast views to identify what the equestrian industry particularly like. Programme Convener Georgina Crossman...

Nominations open for NEF Sir Colin Spedding Award

Nominations are now being invited for the NEF Sir Colin Spedding Award 2020; if you know an exceptional but as yet unrecognised individual or organisation within the equine sector now is the time to give them the chance to shine. Since it was introduced the Sir Colin Spedding Award has become one of the most respected annual awards within UK equestrianism. Any individual or organisation from any equestrian field is...

Facts on horse and rider fitness fascinate at National Equine Forum

The latest knowledge and know how on horse and rider fitness and equine stereotypical behaviours was enthusiastically received by a packed audience at the National Equine Forum afternoon session on 7th March 2019. More than 1200 people around the world also watched the event via live stream. The highly educational content attracted 14 students and lecturers from four UK equestrian colleges. Field-leading scientific, veterinary and educational experts shared their knowledge...

Sell out success for National Equine Forum

A packed auditorium of over 200 delegates, together with an international live stream audience of more than 1200 from around the world, enjoyed a day of knowledge sharing and animated debate at this year’s National Equine Forum, held in London last week. Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity at Defra opened the proceedings with an update on Defra’s current horse-related priorities in relation to Brexit....

Gordon Wesley Receives NEF Award

Gordon Wesley, an all round champion of the equestrian cause, was announced as the winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award at the National Equine Forum (NEF) on 7th March 2019. This special commendation was given in recognition of his longstanding dedication to many aspects of the equine sector, both home and abroad. Gordon Wesley developed his passion for equestrianism during the final years of his 31-year career in the...

Next Forum

The 28th National Equine Forum will be held on Thursday 5th March 2020 (#NEF20), details will be released in late autumn 2019. If you would like to keep up to date with developments please subscribe to our mailing list.

The 27th National Equine Forum took place on Thursday 7th March 2019 (#NEF19). More information can be found on our dedicated #NEF19 page, and in News.

Sir Colin Spedding Award

The Sir Colin Spedding Award is presented annually to an exceptional unsung hero or heroine of the equestrian world. Any individual or organisation from any equestrian field in the UK is eligible, as long as their outstanding qualities have not been formally acknowledged elsewhere.

Nominations for the next Sir Colin Spedding Award have now closed and the winner will be announced at the 28th National Equine Forum on Thursday 5th March 2020.

The 27th National Equine Forum (#NEF19) was kindly sponsored by: