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 32nd National Equine Form will be held on Thursday 7th March 2024 (#NEF24).

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NEF pays tribute to Prof R H Graham Suggett OBE

Joint founder of the National Equine Forum (NEF), Prof R. H. Graham Suggett OBE sadly passed away on Tuesday 7th November 2023, following a long illness. Graham founded the National Equine Forum, together with the late Prof Sir Colin Spedding OBE and the late Mr Arthur George MBE. The three met in 1991 at the Royal Show to talk about how to assist the horse and pony industry, and the...

National Equine Forum photography competition winner announced

The National Equine Forum (NEF) has announced the winner of its annual photography competition; Lorna Elliot’s captivating headshot of her Fell pony Greenholme Grey Bobby II will feature on the programme cover for the 32nd National Equine Forum, which takes place on Thursday 7th March 2024 (#NEF24), as well as in other #NEF24 contexts. Talented amateur equine photographers from around the world submitted 34 equine images, ranging from stylish black...

Cover star needed for #NEF24 programme

If you are an aspiring equine photographer, now’s the time to reveal your talent; the National Equine Forum (NEF) is running a special competition to find a cover star for the NEF 2024 programme. All amateur photographers are eligible to enter, by submitting a picture of their own horse, pony, donkey or mule, or one they have received permission to photograph, subject to terms and conditions. Submitted images will also...

Next Forum

The 31st National Equine Forum took place on Thursday 2nd March 2023. Details can found here.

The 32nd National Equine Forum will take place on Thursday 7th March 2024. Details will be released in the autumn of 2023.

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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.

Information about how to make a nomination for the next Sir Colin Spedding Award can be found here.

Nominations for the 2024 Sir Colin Spedding Award closed at 12 noon (BST) on Monday 31st July 2023, and will reopen for the 2025 Sir Colin Spedding Award in March 2024.

The 31st National Equine Forum (#NEF23) was kindly sponsored by: