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Welcome to the National Equine Forum

The National Equine Forum (NEF) is the only equine conference of its kind in the UK, free from any specific equine sector affiliation, bias or commercial influence.

Recognised in the horse world as an outstanding annual event this exceptional conference brings together influential members of the equine industry, experts and government to debate pertinent topical issues and discuss current research and innovation.  It also provides a unique opportunity for networking with the leaders of the industry.

The 27th National Equine Forum was held on Thursday 7th March 2019 (#NEF19).

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Nominations open for NEF Sir Colin Spedding Award

Nominations are now being invited for the NEF Sir Colin Spedding Award 2020; if you know an exceptional but as yet unrecognised individual or organisation within the equine sector now is the time to give them the chance to shine. Since it was introduced the Sir Colin Spedding Award has become one of the most respected annual awards within UK equestrianism. Any individual or organisation from any equestrian field is...

Facts on horse and rider fitness fascinate at National Equine Forum

The latest knowledge and know how on horse and rider fitness and equine stereotypical behaviours was enthusiastically received by a packed audience at the National Equine Forum afternoon session on 7th March 2019. More than 1200 people around the world also watched the event via live stream. The highly educational content attracted 14 students and lecturers from four UK equestrian colleges. Field-leading scientific, veterinary and educational experts shared their knowledge...

Sell out success for National Equine Forum

A packed auditorium of over 200 delegates, together with an international live stream audience of more than 1200 from around the world, enjoyed a day of knowledge sharing and animated debate at this year’s National Equine Forum, held in London last week. Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity at Defra opened the proceedings with an update on Defra’s current horse-related priorities in relation to Brexit....

Gordon Wesley Receives NEF Award

Gordon Wesley, an all round champion of the equestrian cause, was announced as the winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award at the National Equine Forum (NEF) on 7th March 2019. This special commendation was given in recognition of his longstanding dedication to many aspects of the equine sector, both home and abroad. Gordon Wesley developed his passion for equestrianism during the final years of his 31-year career in the...

Additional Information from Dr Andrew Hemmings

The 27th National Equine Forum on Thursday 7th March 2019 saw Dr Andrew Hemmings deliver a presentation entitled "Equine Stereotypical Behaviour: a head-first approach to management and training. The three papers below provide additional reading and information from his presentation. An alternative use for equine research - the use of equine brain-based findings to teach us more about human mental health: article available via Horse & Hound online here. The...

Next Forum

The 28th National Equine Forum will be held on Thursday 5th March 2020 (#NEF20), details will be released in due course.

The 27th National Equine Forum took place on Thursday 7th March 2019 (#NEF19). More information can be found on our dedicated #NEF19 page, and in News.

Sir Colin Spedding Award

The Sir Colin Spedding Award is presented annually to an exceptional unsung hero or heroine of the equestrian world. Any individual or organisation from any equestrian field in the UK is eligible, as long as their outstanding qualities have not been formally acknowledged elsewhere.

The winner of the 2019 Sir Colin Spedding Award was announced at the 27th National Equine Forum on Thursday 7th March 2019, more details available in News.

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