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…

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…

Special Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award highly commended awardees

The National Equine Forum is delighted to recognise the following awardees as highly commended for the Special Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award 2021. Alison Payne has been highly commended for her efforts in creating the book “A Highland Pony 2020 – Project 2020” during the first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic. Andrew McDiarmid has been…

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…

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…

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…

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NEF introduces Special Sir Colin Spedding Covid-19 Award and extends nomination deadline

Given the exceptional circumstances of 2020 and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic the National Equine Forum Organising Committee has changed the emphasis of the Sir Colin Spedding Award 2021 to celebrate those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ during a very difficult year. The deadline for nominations has been extended to 16 October 2020….

Two winners for prestigious NEF Award

Nigel Oakley, tireless protector and promoter of the Suffolk Punch horse and Eleanor Jones, the indefatigable Horse & Hound journalist with a passion for equine welfare, were announced as the joint winners of the Sir Colin Spedding Award at yesterday’s National Equine Forum (NEF) on 5th March 2020. Nigel Oakley is dedicated to the cause…

Don’t miss the discussion at #NEF20

What: National Equine Forum When: Thursday 5th March 2020 from 10am – 4.30pm Where: Watch live and to submit questions via Slido, wherever you are! The National Equine Forum, 5 March 2020 will be live streamed free of charge again this year, giving everyone the opportunity to watch and participate. The programme is available to…

Watch the livestream and have your say at NEF 2020

Tickets have now sold out for the National Equine Forum, 5 March 2020 but you can still enjoy the event. In addition to it being live streamed, remote audiences and attending delegates can have their say via an intuitive online app. #NEF20 will be live streamed free of charge on our website and the International…

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…

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…

Shortlist Announced for National Equine Forum Award

The National Equine Forum (NEF) has announced the shortlist for its prestigious Sir Colin Spedding Award 2018. The Sir Colin Spedding Award is presented annually to an exceptional equestrian individual or organisation whose outstanding qualities have not been formally acknowledged previously. Two commendable nominees have been selected this year: Farrier Simon Curtis FWCF and the…