National Equine Forum to lead latest debate on Brexit’s impact on the equine sector

The outline programme for the 27th National Equine Forum has been confirmed. This popular annual event, to be held in London on Thursday 7th March 2019 is shaping up as a calendar essential for all those wanting to learn the latest about the horse industry in a changing world. It will include a leading section on the impact of Brexit, with Britain scheduled to leave the EU just three weeks after the event.

The National Equine Forum provides a dynamic platform for government officials, vets and equestrian industry leaders to share their knowledge and inspire debate with representatives from all areas of the UK’s equine sector. The coveted Sir Colin Spedding Award is also presented at the event, to a worthy unsung hero of the horse world.

The 2019 programme is highly relevant for anyone who has an interest in horses. Defra officials will discuss the impending EU Exit and what it means to the UK’s equine sector in practical terms.

Stewart Everett, Chief Executive of Equine Register, together with leading equine organisation representatives will give an insight on making the most of the Central Equine Database on an everyday basis.

NEF 2019’s panel discussion will explore how charities fit into the modern world, involving representatives from the main equine charitable sectors. As the UK’s equine welfare crisis continues, the major charities are more frequently pooling their strengths and resources to tackle major cases to best effect.

Dr Simon Curtis FWCF will present the Memorial Lecture on his lifetime in farriery and aspects of foot care. These lectures are given each year and link to past winners of the Sir Colin Spedding Award; Simon was last year’s winner.

A special horse and rider fitness section will involve world-leading experts sharing their knowledge on the science behind fitness and the practical aspects of training both equine and human athletes.

Dr Andrew Hemmings, Head of the Equine Management and Science School at the Royal Agricultural University will give an enlightening presentation on equine stereotypical behaviours – an area that is continuing to see considerable advancement in knowledge and management guidance.

The winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award will be announced and the award presented. This award was established in 2013 in recognition of the late Professor Sir Colin Spedding’s services to the equine sector – most especially founding the National Equine Forum and Chairing it for 19 years.

Early Bird tickets are available for the Forum from Monday 3rd December until Tuesday 15th January 2019 with the first ticket offered at the special price of £50. After this date the first ticket purchased by an individual or organisation will cost £65; subsequent tickets for the same organisation will cost £100. The ticket price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. To apply or to find out how you could enjoy the privilege of becoming a Friend of the Forum please contact us.

Further details on the NEF 2019 programme will be released in the New Year.

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