World Horse Welfare confirmed as research day sponsor at Hartpury ISES Conference 2022

World Horse Welfare has been announced as the headline sponsor of the research days at the upcoming International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Succeed with Science: Performance, Practice and Positive Partnerships Conference 2022, which will be held at Hartpury University from 10-12 August.

World Horse Welfare has been helping horses for almost 100 years, maintaining a vision for a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding. The charity is well regarded for its pragmatic and compassionate work in supporting and improving the horse-human partnership in its many guises. The team consists of a wide range of experts from different backgrounds including horse health and welfare, international development, veterinary science, fundraising and finance, helping to run a hugely effective global charity.

Forming the bulk of a busy schedule, the research days will provide an opportunity for equestrian researchers from around the world to present their most recent findings on a range of equitation science topics to an international audience. ISES 2022 Succeed with Science: Performance, Practice and Positive Partnerships will run as a hybrid conference, allowing delegates to attend in-person or join virtually. Over 190 in-person and 300 online researchers, practitioners, students, veterinary professionals, equine organisations, and industry leaders are expected.

Lorna Cameron, MSc Equitation Science Programme Manager at Hartpury University, said: “We’re delighted to have World Horse Welfare on board as headline sponsor for our exciting research days at this year’s conference. World Horse Welfare is internationally recognised for the work they do to improve the lives of horses, strengthen the relationship between horses and humans, and most importantly educate humans on how better to understand horses. We feel this makes them the perfect fit for our research days and are proud to be partnered with an organisation that shares Hartpury’s values and compassion.”

Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare, said: “World Horse Welfare strongly believes in using research to enhance horse welfare and improve the horse-human partnership, so we are proud to sponsor the research days of ISES’ upcoming annual conference. The relationship between horse and rider can only improve when we better understand the impact that we have on our horses and can, as far as possible, base our approaches on evidence.”

Jane Williams, Honorary President of ISES, said: “World Horse Welfare are long term supporters of ISES, and we’re very grateful for their support of our research days and look forward to building on this relationship in future. Both days promise a mix of novel and research and keynote speakers, all experts in their field. Both organisations are committed to ensuring horses enjoy a positive experience when being handled, trained, ridden, driven and in performance, and are dedicated to driving forward the research needed to promote a good life for horses.”

The research days focus on how science can support horse owners, riders and keepers to adopt evidence-informed management, handling and training practices which can enhance horse health, performance and welfare, and promote positive human-horse partnerships. There will also be a day showcasing the transfer of research findings into real life applications and best practices for the equestrian community, sure to ignite lively discussion sessions.

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