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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.  

Nominations for the Sir Colin Spedding Award 2019, to be presented at the 27th National Equine Forum  on Thursday 7th March 2019, are now being accepted.

Sir Colin Spedding Award 2019 Nominations 

Calling for nominations for the NEF Sir Colin Spedding Award

Do you know a worthy unsung hero or heroine of the equestrian world who as yet remains unrecognised? If so The National Equine Forum (NEF) would love to hear from you. Nominations are now open for the NEF Sir Colin Spedding Award 2019, one of the most significant accolades in the UK’s equestrian industry. The Sir Colin Spedding Award is presented annually to an exceptional unsung hero or heroine of...

International Reach for National Equine Forum

Thanks to new live streaming and the power of social media the National Equine Forum has become a global phenomenon. The annual event, held in London on 8 March 2018, saw politicians, vets and equestrian business leaders share knowledge and encourage debate not just with the packed auditorium but also with audiences in Europe, Norway, the USA and Australia. Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity...

Farrier Receives NEF Award

Dr Simon Curtis, a practicing farrier in Newmarket, Suffolk was announced as the winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award at yesterday’s National Equine Forum (NEF), Thursday 8th March 2018. This special commendation was given in recognition of Simon’s exceptional practical and educational contributions to farriery over 45 years. Runner up was the British Grooms Association (BGA) Dr Simon Curtis FWCF has been a practicing farrier in Newmarket, England for...

Next Forum

The 27th National Equine Forum will take place on Thursday 7th March 2019.

Details of the 26th National Equine Forum, held on Thursday 8th March 2018, including how to access a replay of the live streaming, can be found here.

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.

Details of those shortlisted for the 2018 Sir Colin Spedding Award can be found here, with more information here, and the announcement of the winner here.