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Equine Performance Conference 2019


The annual Equine Performance Conference will take place at Bishop Burton College on the 13 and 14 July 2019.

Join us as we follow the theme ‘Promoting Career Longevity for Horse and Rider’, encompassing a range of plenary lectures and practical demonstrations from industry experts and researchers from a variety of fields.

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About the Conference


Based on the theme ‘Promoting Career Longevity for Horse and Rider’, the Equine Performance Conference will include a range of lectures and practical demonstrations from industry experts and researchers from a variety of fields.

The Saturday will focus on the development of the rider and will include talks on rider psychology, managing rider injury and off-horse physical training programmes for equestrian riders. The Sunday will maintain focus on the horse and will include talks from a physiotherapist and an expert in artificial equine surfaces as well as a range of practical training demonstrations.

A full list of invited speakers will be released shortly. 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.

Tickets are available now and prices are inclusive of lunches on both days and refreshments at all breaks.

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 postgraduate dissertations are encouraged. Download the author instructions. The final date for submission of abstracts is 5pm on Friday, 12 April 2019

CPD Approved

The Equine Performance Conference has been approved as CPD for British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coaches (APCs). Each day of the conference counts for 7.5 hours of CPD and certificates of attendance will be provided.

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.

Saturday: Rider Focus

  • Deborah Brewer - Risk-taking behaviour in event riders
  • Vicki Lewis - Rider back pain
  • Lorna Cameron - Breast pain in female riders
  • Dave Whitelock - Rider concussion
  • Lisa Emerson from Equifit Physio - Strength and conditioning exercises for riders
  • Tracy Bye - Practical coaching on the riding simulator
  • Dr Hannah Butler-Coyne - Mental health in equestrian sport
  • Plus, the latest research presentations.  

Sunday: Horse Focus

  • Gillian Tabor - Equine physiotherapy
  • British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre - Practical training demonstration
  • Alison Northrop - Impact of artificial surfaces on performance
  • Dr Sue Dyson - Recognising musculoskeletal pain
  • Dr Anne Bondi - The horse-saddle-rider interaction
  • Sue Ringrose BHSI - Training the event horse
  • Plus, the latest research presentations. 


On-site accommodation is available for those delegates who are travelling from other areas of the country. Comfortable single rooms are available from Friday 12 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.

Dining Packages

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

Friday, 12 July: A pizza buffet will be served The Meadows Refectory for those delegates who are arriving the evening before the start of the conference. The Bishop’s Bar will be open throughout the evening to purchase drinks.

Saturday, 13 July: The conference dinner will take place on the Saturday evening, tickets are £40 per person. The price includes a three-course meal and a glass of prosecco or a bottle of black sheep beer on arrival. Watch this space as we'll be sharing the menu soon!

Sunday, 14 July: There is no pre-bookable meal available for the Sunday evening, however, any delegates staying over on the Sunday evening, either on-site or locally, are welcome to join the conference team for dinner at the Altisidora pub in Bishop Burton Village. The exact time for this will be confirmed on the Saturday of the conference.

Evening meals can be booked alongside your main conference tickets.