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Gala Dinner & Accommodation

Gala Dinner & Accommodation 

Along with attending our International Convention, you can also take the opportunity to attend our gala dinners and with the option to stay overnight at a luxury 4* location.

Hatherley Manor Hotel (Hartpury: 26-28th March)

  • Enjoy a three course meal, choosing from a menu of locally sourced dishes at our Gala dinners on Monday 26th  or Tuesday 27th of March.
  • Guest speakers in attendance include Grand National Winner Bob Champion MBE (Monday 26th March) and Australian Equestrian Behaviourist Dr Andrew McLean (Tuesday 27th March) (Find out more about our Gala Dinner speakers here)
  • Overnight accommodation is also available for those who wish to wind down after the event on 26th and 27th March, or stay between Convention dates.

Barton Grange Hotel (Myerscough: 16-18th April)

  • Enjoy a three course meal at one of Preston’s leading restaurants for our gala dinners on Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th April. The menu offers contemporary British and Lancashire dishes, with much of our menu sourced with local produce. 
  • Guest speakers in attendance include Bob Champion MBE (Monday 16th April) and and International coach and Author Sylvia Loch (Tuesday 17th April) (Find out more about our Gala Dinner speakers here)
  • Overnight accommodation is also available for those who wish to wind down after the event on 16th and 17th April, or stay between Convention dates. The hotel also offers spa and pool facilities to overnight guests.

Gala Dinner Speakers

Bob Champion MBE (26th March Hartpury / 16th April Myerscough)
Bob was born into a hunting family in 1948, with his father being huntsman to the Cleveland in Yorkshire. At the age of 15, he rode his first point-to-point winner then went into National Hunt racing with Toby Badling at Weyhill, eventually riding for many top trainers including Josh Gifford. Bob’s racing career took him to America where he rode several winners. In 1979 he was diagnosed with cancer and was given six months to live. After several months of chemotherapy he returned to race riding, coming back with several winners both in England and America.

In 1981 Bob won the Grand National on Aldaniti, trained by Josh Gifford. He finally retired from racing in 1983 having won some 500 races. Other major races that Bob won during his career were The Tote Eider Chase, The Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, The Black & White Hurdle, The SGB Chase, The SGB Hurdle, and The Whitebread Trial Chase.In 1981 Bob was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team Award, and soon after received the MBE in 1983, and was later awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award in 2011. Bob has also been very involved in charity work and fundraising, and after forming the Bob Champion Cancer Trust he has raised approximately 15 million pounds to date. Since retiring from training racehorses in 1999, Bob has continued to work together with charities to fight diseases, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law and Honorary Doctorate of Laws

Dr Andrew Neil McLean (27th March Hartpury) 
Dr Andrew Neil McLean is an Australian specialist in animal cognition and equine learning/training psychology. CEO of Equitation Science International, Founder of The Australian Equine Behaviour Centre and Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science are some of many titles held by Andrew. He has also been awarded the Eureka Science Prize in 2011, the John H Daniels Fellowship in 2014, as well as being an expert witness in Forensic Ethology in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland since 1998. His vast background with horses has not only taken Andrew to Grand Prix level dressage and show jumping, as well as gaining State and National titles in both dressage and eventing, he has also designed research, methods and manuals used by groups such as the Western Australia Mounted Police and the New York Racing Association. Along with his academic and riding accolades, he also assisted and coached a host of Olympic Gold medallists including  Richard Davison and Anky van Grunsven.


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