Equine Performance Conference 2018

About the Conference

The inaugural Equine Performance Conference will take place at Bishop Burton College on the 21st and 22nd July 2018. Early bird tickets are available until 1st April, so book now!


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The theme of the conference is ‘a holistic approach to optimising equine performance’ and will encompass a range of plenary lectures from industry experts and researchers from a variety of fields. Talks will cover issues such as injury and rehabilitation, rider performance and biomechanics, nutrition for the performance horse and equine behaviour. A full list of invited speakers is included further down this page. The lectures will take place in the comfort of the Howard Petch Conference Hall, with refreshments served at each break in the adjacent Seminar Lounge. Ticket prices are inclusive of lunches on both days and refreshments at all breaks.


The afternoon of Saturday 21st July will focus on practical demonstrations taking place in the Bishop Burton Arena. Demonstrations will focus on therapy and coaching and there will be the opportunity for a small number of delegates to observe horses working on the water treadmill in between sessions on a first come first served basis. Full details of practical demonstrations will be released shortly.

Research Presentations

In addition to invited speakers, the conference will feature a number of research presentations to provide an update on the recent advances in the area of equine performance.

Abstracts are invited for researchers wishing to deliver either a 15 minute oral presentation or an academic poster presentation. The conference aims to provide a welcoming environment and abstracts from good quality undergraduate and post graduate dissertations are encouraged.

Presentations on any area of equine science will be considered, however we are particularly keen to receive abstracts in the following areas;

  • Injury, therapy and rehabilitation
  • Rider performance and coaching
  • Horse and rider biomechanics
  • Issues relating to equine health and nutrition
  • Behaviour and welfare of the performance horse

To submit an abstract for consideration, please download the instruction for authors here.

Further Information

If you require any further information or have any queries please contact the conference organising team either via email on epc@bishopburton.ac.uk or via phone on 01964 553119

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Graham Cross, founder of Avansce, will be demonstrating the newly developed Synchronicity system and talking about his unique approach to interpreting the rein contact.
  • Jennifer Little, Thoroughbred and Performance Horse Nutritionist at Dodson & Horrell Ltd, will be explaining how carbohydrates in the equine diet impact on digestive pH and the link between digestive pH and behaviour.
  • Angela Hall, founder of the Equine Massage Academy Ltd, will be giving a practical demonstration of muscle therapy techniques to support performance.
  • Dr David Marlin, renowned equine exercise physiologist, will be joining us to discuss his recent research on the use of protective boots for horses.
  • Rebecca Brassington, Programme Leader for Equine Higher Education at Bishop Burton College, will be discussing the use of hydrotherapy in rehabilitation for the performance horse and presenting some of her recent research.
  • Dr Kelly Yarnell from Nottingham Trent University will be explaining how housing and husbandry methods can impact on equine health and performance. 
  • Dr Jane Williams, lecturer at Hartpury College and author of 'Training for Equestrian Performance', will be discussing the use of performance analysis and evidence-based training methods within equestrian sport.
  • Tracy Bye, Lecturer in Equine Science here at Bishop Burton College. Tracy specialises in biomechanics of horse and rider and will be presenting some of her recent research looking at patterns of asymmetry in the rider.
  • Dr Thilo Pfau from The Royal Veterinary College will be joining us to speak about his approach to assessing lameness and asymmetry in the performance horse.

Watch this space for details of the final confirmed speaker!


On site accommodation is available for those delegates who are travelling from other areas of the country. Comfortable single rooms are available from Friday 20th July. En-suite rooms are charged at £50 per night, and rooms with a shared bathroom are £43 per night. All prices are inclusive of a continental breakfast. Accommodation can be booked alongside your conference ticket.

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Dining Packages

Conference tickets are inclusive of all lunches; evening meals can booked in addition.  

Friday 20th July:

A pizza buffet will be served The Meadows Refectory for those delegates who are arriving the evening before the start of the conference. There will be a movie showing at 8.30pm and the Bishop’s Bar will be open throughout the evening to purchase drinks. This event is free of charge to all buying a ticket for the main conference, however booking is required to allow us to cater appropriately so please make sure to add the Friday Night Mixer to your basket when booking if you wish to attend.

Saturday 21st July:

The conference dinner will take place on the Saturday evening, tickets are £40.00 per person. The price includes a glass of prosecco or bottle of black sheep beer on arrival, a three course dinner followed by tea, coffee and petit fours, and entertainment throughout the evening.

View the sample menu here.

Sunday 22nd July:

The conference will finish with a barbeque in the Victorian Walled Garden on the Sunday evening. The cost for this event is £10.00, vegetarian options will be available and delegates will be able to purchase additional drinks throughout the evening.

All evening meals can be booked via the online store by clicking here.

BHS Accredited Professional Coaches

The Equine Performance Conference has been approved as continuous professional development for Accredited Coaches currently holding the BHS SCCH (previously the BHSII) or higher.