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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 in January 2021.

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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...

Winner of NEF Special Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award announced

Claire Williams, Executive Director of the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), was announced as the winner of the Special Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award 2021 at yesterday’s National Equine Forum (NEF) on 4th March 2021. Given the exceptional circumstances of 2020 and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic the NEF Organising Committee changed the emphasis of the Sir Colin Spedding Award 2021 to celebrate those who have gone ‘above and...

Highly topical programme confirmed for National Equine Forum

A compelling and highly topical programme has been confirmed for the 29th National Equine Forum (NEF), to be held virtually on Thursday 4th March 2021. Presentations will include the impact of Brexit on the equestrian industry and engaging with more diverse communities within equestrianism. Restrictions posed by the global pandemic, inspired the NEF committee to deliver a series of events, rather than just one this year. Two special interest webinars...

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The 29th National Equine Forum took place virtually on Thursday 4th March 2021 (#NEF21). It was preceded by two special interest webinars in January 2021. Details can be found here and on our news page.

The 30th National Equine Forum shall be held on Thursday 3rd March 2022 (#NEF22). Details will be added as they become available.

The live streaming replay from #NEF18, #NEF19 and #NEF20 can be accessed on our You Tube channel.

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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.

Details of the winner of the Special Sir Colin Spedding Covid-19 Award 2021 can be found here. Nominations for the Sir Colin Spedding Award 2022 will open on Thursday 1st April 2021, and close 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) are kindly sponsored by: