A diverse mix of speakers tackling current important safety issues attended the bi-annual BHS Safety Conference at The British Horse Society’s headquarters in Warwickshire.
The conference was designed to provide up-to-date advice that can be passed on to others in the equestrian community. This year’s topics included event safety planning, horse transport legislation and breakdown, body protection, and dog attacks on horses.
Everyone wants to make sure horses travel in the best possible circumstances and presentations by Brenda Gilligan of Wilkin Chapman LLP and Claire Barker of PRP Rescue Services demystified the topic for delegates, giving them a better understanding of what is required by current legislation and what to expect in a breakdown situation. PC Keith Evans, West Midlands Dog Legislation Officer, passed on invaluable and enlightening advice on the law relating to dog attacks and what to do in such a situation.
BHS Director of Access, Safety and Welfare, Mark Weston, said: “The British Horse Society is keen to work with its partners to increase the safety of equestrians and their horses. The conference highlighted a number of ways in which the BHS can work, and indeed is working, with other organisations to strengthen equestrian safety.”