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 31st National Equine Form was held on Thursday 2nd March 2023 (#NEF23).

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National Equine Forum delivers an educational and emotional 31st event

The National Equine Forum (NEF) took delegates on an educational and emotional journey of discovery at their annual event earlier this month. Themes included the Defra perspective, Equine ID, and the public acceptance of equestrianism. The latest data on the sector, the sustainability of riding schools, current equine health risks and working with paraprofessionals were also covered. The programme was interspersed with more personal accounts of saving horses in Ukraine,...

Charlotte Thornycroft wins NEF Award and receives standing ovation

Charlie Thornycroft was announced as the winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award at last week’s National Equine Forum (NEF), 2nd March 2023. She was presented with the Award by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Charlie also received a standing ovation for her talk about her experiences providing vital aid to Ukraine’s equestrian sector with the British Equestrians for Ukraine Fund. The Sir Colin Spedding Award was given to...

NEF shines spotlight on tackling unwanted behaviours in horses

The National Equine Forum audience (NEF) were taken on an enlightening journey of equine behaviour change this afternoon (2nd March 2023). They heard how the use of learning theory had helped a fearful horse with challenging behaviours get back on track to establish a solid and successful partnership with his rider. How to tackle unwanted behaviours explored the science behind how horses and humans learn, why horses behave in the way...

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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.

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