Have your voice heard at the NEF

horses galloping through water - have your say at the national equine forum

The National Equine Forum (NEF) takes place on 7th March 2024 and a very limited number of face-to-face or live stream tickets are still available, and you can get your voice heard. The event takes place in London and is available on a livestream.

The programme and full speaker details are available to view now on the NEF website. Q&A opportunities have been built in at the end of all the main sessions to give the audience and the livestream viewers a chance to engage with the discussions.

The BEVA website said that that this year a panel of speakers will focus on advancements and challenges in equine health, management, welfare and the environment, and industry accessibility. There will be contributions from Defra, an update on the Manifesto for the Horse and an update on the licensing of equestrian premises in Scotland, which offers an interesting take on what licensing could look like in the UK.

The equine health care team session will explore how vets, vet nurses, horse owners and allied professionals can work together to best effect for the good of the horse.

Equine health updates will report on the latest developments in the donkey skin trade and there will also be an update on the CANTER initiative, launched at NEF in 2023 with the aim of combating wormer resistance.

Industry accessibility will focus on accessibility across the sector as well as diversity, inclusion and belonging.  It will include a case study with input from two equestrian centres.

There will also be two topical discussions on how the National Minimum Wage is impacting the equestrian sector and the path to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The prestigious Sir Colin Spedding Award will also be given at the NEF. The Sir Colin Spedding Award sub-committee Chair Jane Holderness-Roddam said: “During the past decade the Sir Colin Spedding Award has become one of the most coveted accolades within the equestrian sector. Not least because it gives those who have otherwise hidden their light under a bushel, the time to truly shine.”

Katie Gilmour is the host of Poles, Piaffe & Prosecco: the podcast for riders that love to train, laugh and drink prosecco! The podcast is free to listen to on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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