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 29th National Equine Form was held virtually on Thursday 4th March 2021 (#NEF21), and was preceded by two special interest webinars.

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Sir Colin Spedding Award: don’t miss your chance to nominate

Don’t miss your chance to nominate an exceptional individual or organisation within the equine sector, for the prestigious Sir Colin Spedding Award 2022. Nominations close on 31 July 2021 so if you have a worthy unsung hero on your radar who deserves recognition the NEF organising committee is keen to hear from you as soon as possible. The Sir Colin Spedding Award was introduced in 2013 in Sir Colin’s memory...

Royal presentation for Sir Colin Spedding Award winner

Claire Williams, winner of this year’s National Equine Forum (NEF) Special Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award 2021 was formally presented with the Award by HRH The Princess Royal, who is President of the NEF, at Gatcombe Park on 29th April 2021. Claire, who is the Executive Director of the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), was nominated for this special edition Award in recognition of her tireless work to advise, support...

We must work together to overcome Brexit hurdles conclude speakers at NEF

All parts of the equine industry must work together in efforts to remove the hurdles impeding the transport of horses and equestrian goods between Britain and the European Union, according to speakers at the 29th National Equine Forum on 4 March 2021. The changed arrangements since the UK left the trading bloc on 1 January are causing delays and increased costs that threaten the domestic industry’s biggest overseas market. But...

Next Forum

The 30th National Equine Forum will take place on Thursday 3rd March 2022 (#NEF22). Details will be announced nearer the time.

The 29th National Equine Forum was held on Thursday 4th March 2021, and was preceded by two special interest webinars. Details can be found here and on our news page.

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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. Past winners can be found here.

Nominations for the Sir Colin Spedding Award 2022 closed at 12 noon (BST) on Saturday 31st July 2021. Information can be found here.

Our two special interest webinars and the 29th National Equine Forum (#NEF21) were kindly sponsored by: