Join us on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July 2020, for our Equine Performance Conference 2020: Spotlight on Welfare.

About the Conference


The theme of the conference is ‘Spotlight on Welfare’ and will encompass a range of plenary lectures and practical demonstrations from industry experts and researchers from a variety of fields.

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. Ticket 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 welfare.

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.

View the instructions on how to submit your abstract.


On site accommodation is available for those delegates who are travelling from other areas of the country. Comfortable single rooms are available from Friday 17 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. Visit our online shop.

Evening Meals

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

Friday 17 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 18 July:

The conference dinner will take place on the Saturday evening, tickets are £40.00 per person. The price includes a three course meal and a glass of prosecco or bottle of black sheep beer on arrival.

Sunday 19 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. Book now.

Confirmed Speakers

We are very excited to be welcoming back Dr Sue Dyson who will be leading a practical workshop session on the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram to support researchers, students and practitioners with applying this tool in their own work.

There will be a practical training demonstration from Lisa Ashton, founder of EquiCoach.Life to gain insight into how equitation science approaches can be applied.

Rosanna Lyon MSc will be discussing the topical issue of equine obesity including links with common diseases and disorders.

Dr Kelly Yarnell will be presenting some of her recent research into the behaviour and welfare of the stabled horse.

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