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BHS Welfare Conference 2016 – Stressed out? The Causes, Effects and Prevention of Stress in the Horse and Rider (SOLD OUT)

1 Sept 2016

This event has sold out.

Stress is a natural response and can either be a precursor to achievement or can be detrimental to physical and/or mental well-being. For some individuals, including horses and humans, the coping mechanisms to deal with stress are inhibited and the function to operate successfully becomes restrained. Improving an individual’s ability to cope with times of stress or preventing stressful exposure will help improve the welfare of the horse and confidence of the handler and rider.

The BHS is delighted to present this year’s welfare conference - Stressed out? The Causes, Effects and Prevention of Stress in the Horse and Rider which is being held on Thursday 1 September 2016 at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. Registration will open from 8am with a fully packed day until approximately 5pm.

We are pleased to confirm that this conference will count as CPD for Accredited Professional Coach Membership.

We are very pleased to announce the most exceptional line up of guest speakers who will tackle a range of issues relating to stress in both the horse and rider.

This year’s conference will be chaired by Dr Hayley Randle, Senior Vice President of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) and undergraduate and post graduate Equitation Science programmes Manager, Duchy College. The impressive roster of speakers will ensure that there is something for everybody to learn.

  • Following her support at last year’s conference, we are delighted to welcome back Professor Natalie Waran Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. Professor Waran will focus on stress in relation to how the horse behaves and how this can lead to behavioural issues and subsequent problems for the rider.
  • Behaviour and training expert, Ben Hart of Hart’s Horsemanship and Donkey Behaviour Training Manager for The Donkey Sanctuary will be discussing prevention and potential resolution of stress-related behaviours. Ben has worked with horses, mules and donkeys all over the world: from mustangs and race horses in California, stock horses in Australia, and working equines in Cambodia and Ethiopia.
  • Dr Teresa Hollands Senior Teaching Fellow in Veterinary Nutrition from the University of Surrey will explore the effects of stress on the horse’s digestive system. Teresa’s extensive research interests and practical knowledge has a strong welfare foundation.
  • Scientific and Equine Consultant Dr David Marlin is renowned for his physiology and biochemistry expertise and will focus on preventing stress-related injuries. David has an impressive list of notable achievements including being an advisor to the FEI and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2008 Beijing Games, Equestrian events. 
  • Charlie Unwin of Performance Psychology works with horse riders at every level including the most elite athletes competing in the Olympics. Charlie will focus on managing rider anxiety in competitions, incorporating his expertise of applied psychology and his passion for sport.

Tickets cost just £35 each. As well as providing such an outstanding line-up of speakers, the ticket price also includes refreshments and lunch.

Book your place online or contact the Welfare team on 02476 840517. Tickets are limited and we anticipate this event will sell out quickly.

Speaker Information

Dr Hayley Randle – Chairman

Dr Hayley Randle is responsible for the BSc and Masters Equitation Science programmes at Duchy College in partnership with Plymouth University. Dr Randle has achieved a BSc (Hons) in Biology and Psychology and a PhD in Animal Science.

Dr Randle has been involved with research for many years with her main interest focussing on behaviour, training and welfare. Her role as Senior Vice President of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) helps to implement the organisation’s aims to facilitate research into the training of horses to enhance horse welfare and improve the horse-rider relationship.

Professor Natalie Waran

As Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Professor Waran works on a truly international scale. The work Professor Waran and her colleagues aim to achieve here in the UK and overseas is focussed on raising awareness of animal welfare issues particularly within veterinary education and to raise the skills, knowledge and confidence for veterinary graduates in this area of work.

Professor Waran has led and been involved in an extensive range of research resulting in more than 100 scientific publications.  Research areas include welfare issues associated with agricultural animals and the assessment of conditions for companion, zoo and laboratory animals.

Professor Waran is one of the founder members and Honorary Fellows of the International Society for Equitation Science and is currently a Trustee for the international animal welfare charity The Brooke.

Ben Hart

Ben Hart hates injustice and wasted potential, and he has a mission to help people understand the true nature of equines by using the honesty of the science of behaviour to help both animals and their people unlock their true potential.  He firmly believes working with equines doesn't have to be complicated, dangerous or stressful and by helping people to understand the true and amazing behaviour of equines, he wants them to better understand each other to make life better for horses, donkeys and mules.

Ben removes the myths and dependence on dominance and forceful training methods and focuses on positive, safe effective solutions that centre on both the animal and the human.  Ben's delivery of training is unique, ensuring an outstanding experience that is enjoyable and life changing.  Ben is also the author of several books on equine behaviour and clicker training, as well as the creator of a unique series of individual equine training plans.  He has worked with horses, mules, donkeys and people all over the world: from mustangs and race horses in California, stock horses in Australia, pleasure horses in Canada and Europe, and working equines in Cambodia and Ethiopia, Egypt, Mexico, Kenya.

Dr Teresa Hollands

Dr Teresa Hollands graduated from Cardiff University specialising in human nutrition and biochemistry and progressed to achieve an MSc (Nutrition) and PhD. Dr Hollands is also a registered nutritionist and an auditor for The Association of Nutrition.

For 19 years, Dr Hollands worked for the well-known feed company Dodson & Horrell Ltd as their Senior Nutritionist. Her responsibilities included working with colleges and veterinary universities, the development of the International Conferences for Feeding Horses series, as well as sitting on legal and welfare advisory committees.

Dr Hollands has been actively involved with research studies focused predominantly on nutritional challenges in the clinical and daily management of equines and the impact nutrition has on the health and welfare of horses.

Dr David Marlin

Dr David Marlin studied physiology and computing at Stirling University and obtained his PhD after 4 years studying the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training. During this time he made some of the first studies in the world on horses running on high-speed treadmills.

From 1990 until 2005 Dr Marlin was Senior Scientist and Head of Physiology at the Animal Health Trust.

Dr Marlin’s main areas of professional interest are exercise physiology, nutrition, fitness, training, performance, thermoregulation, competition strategy, transport and respiratory disease. Dr Marlin has been involved with an extensive number of projects and research studies on these subjects including a book publication titled Equine Exercise Physiology.

Charlie Unwin

Charlie Unwin graduated from Durham University where he read Psychology before joining the Army as an officer in 2001. During his career, Charlie was commissioned into the Royal Horse Artillery with whom he served in Iraq as a platoon commander.

Charlie was seconded into the Great Britain Modern Pentathlon Team after realising his passion for sport. Charlie achieved great success after being selected to compete for Great Britain at the World Championships and became National Champion in 2007.

During his athletic career, Charlie’s passion for applied psychology thrived, and he believed this was a fundamental contributor towards his achievements rather than raw talent! Charlie retired as an athlete in order to pursue this passion and obtained an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Brunel University. Charlie now works as a senior consultant to many businesses, individuals, sport teams and individual athletes.

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