The Equine Industry in a Changing World will be the focus of the 31st National Equine Forum (NEF23) taking place in London on 2 March, covering advancements in science, health, welfare and sport.

A full day of sessions, which will also be livestreamed, will cover a diverse range of topics presented by a mix of professionals, including government ministers, leading vets and industry experts. Contributors include the Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Minister of State for Biosecurity, Marine and Rural Affairs, Defra; David Mountford, Chair of the British Horse Council; and Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare.

The programme will also include an update from Claire Williams, Executive Director and Secretary of BETA, on the BETA National Equestrian Survey; James Hick, Chief Executive Officer of the BHS, discussing factors implicating grassroots access to riding; Prof Celia Marr providing the latest information on infectious diseases; and Dr Claire Stratford explaining the launch of the anthelmintic resistance initiative CANTER.

Learning theory will explore the science behind how horses and humans learn, why equines behave in the way they do and what to do with ‘undesirable behaviours’. Dr Gemma Pearson will provide the vet and behaviourist view and the session will also incorporate a case study and panel discussion including contributions from social scientist Dr Tamzin Furtado.

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The roles and responsibilities of influencers will also feature, with speakers exploring the role of the media within the horse sector, with Social Media Consultant Rhea Freeman speaking about managing social media and Eleanor Jones, News Editor of Horse & Hound discussing the impact of print and online publications. Two professional riders will also be presenting their perspectives.

There will also be an interview with Charlie Thornycroft on her work with British Equestrians for Ukraine providing help to Ukrainian people and their animals. The winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award will also be announced and Q&A opportunities will be available at the end of all the main sessions. Questions can be submitted via Slido from 27 February.

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