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International Equestrian Experts Come Together To Consider ‘Whose Opinion Matters?’

7 months ago

27th October, 2021 11h55

World Horse Welfare

On Thursday November 11th 2021 at 09:45 a stellar array of equestrian professionals and supporters - and the charity’s President Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal - join World Horse Welfare live to consider ‘Whose Opinion Matters?’ when it comes to managing the many and complex facets of the horse-human partnership.  

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, asks: “The sheer volume of opinion out there can be both overwhelming and deafening. In horse sport, welfare has again sparked fierce debate in the media: from that photo of Gordon Elliot to revelations in Panorama to treatment of horses in Modern Pentathlon at the Olympics, but strong views can be found wherever horses come into contact with people. But whom should we listen to? How open are we to views that challenge our own way of seeing?  And when – if ever – should opinion overrule fact?” 

How we manage and use horses has developed as understanding has increased, but some aspects of equestrianism are also entrenched in tradition. The line-up of speakers will explore this complex and evolving relationship and consider why it can be difficult to find and recognise the right advice and sources of information. 

Speakers include:  

The live discussion panel features representatives from a diverse cross-section of the equestrian world: well-known DJ and horse-ownerSara Cox; veterinary surgeon and MP for Penrith and The Border, Dr Neil HudsonCamie Heleski, Equine Lecturer at University of Kentucky; Mariano Hernandez-Gil from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Chris Tufnell, Vet and World Horse Welfare Trustee. The panel will consider the points raised in the morning’s sessions and take questions from the audience. 

The charity’s President, HRH The Princess Royal, will provide her views at 13:25 and the conference will run until 15.00.   

Anyone with an interest in horses, animal welfare, racing or equestrian sport can register to watch World Horse Welfare’s annual conference live HERE and it will remain to watch afterwards on the charity’s YouTube channel: HERE   

World Horse Welfare would like to thank the headline sponsor of the Conference, The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, and the events other supporters, the Horseracing Betting Levy Board and MSD Animal Health.  

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