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BETA and Pony Club team up on equipment safety
Young riders will learn more about the safety of riding hats, body protectors
and saddlery by taking a new Pony Club achievement badge developed in conjunction with the British Equestrian Trade Association
The Equipment Safety badge was launched at the Pony Club Annual Instructor
Conferences (22/29 April) where BETA’s Tricia Nassau-Williams and Norma Smithson explained the benefits of educating
young riders about choosing and using safety equipment and regularly checking their tack.
BETA, the body that represents the UK’s leading equestrian manufacturers,
distributors and retailers, drew up the syllabus and will continue to work closely with the Pony Club as the badge becomes
available across its branches.
“The Equipment Safety badge represents a team effort between BETA and
the Pony Club to help raise young riders’ awareness of important safety issues,” said Claire Williams, executive
director of BETA. The badge also compliments BETA’s training of tack shop staff to fit riders’ hats and body protectors
and to offer reliable advice about saddlery. Riders of all ages can tap into that knowledge when they shop with a BETA-trained
Pony Club members taking the Equipment Safety badge will be expected to know
what to look for in a correctly fitting riding hat and body protector, and what the various safety standard labels denote.
They will also learn about the advantages of shopping for new hats and body protectors with BETA-trained professional retailers.
The saddlery element of the badge tests young riders’ ability to decide
when their tack needs repairing and how to choose the correct size of stirrup iron. The syllabus does not include the fitting
of saddles or other tack. Cleaning, caring for and storing hats, body protectors and tack, as well as safety issues surrounding
riders’ footwear are also covered.
A series of BETA Equipment Safety Courses, run by the trade association, will
familiarise Pony Club instructors with the new badge’s requirements. For Pony Club members, meanwhile, the practical-based
learning will be made fun with the inclusion of games such as ‘find the faults’ in hats, body protectors and tack.
“It is reassuring to have the support of BETA,” said Nikki Herbert,
director of training for the Pony Club. “The information BETA has provided is going to be most helpful to our instructors
as they train members towards the new badge during the summer.”
The Equipment Safety badge is one of more than 30 achievement awards offered
by the Pony Club which has a UK membership of 45,000 across 345 branches and 530 centres.
To find a BETA-trained retailer for a personalised hat or body protector fitting,
tel 01937 587062 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.beta-uk.org
(BETA 24 April 2008)
USA – Florida: Helmets to be mandatory for young riders of horses
From the 1st October 2009 a new law comes into effect that will require
a child under age 16 to wear a helmet when riding horses in certain circumstances. Bill 169 requires that helmets are property fitted and fastened securely when riding
and must meet the current ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials)
standards for protective headgear.
On 8th June, Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 169, “Nicole’s
Law.” The legislation creates safety standards to minimize the number of serious or fatal head injuries to Florida youth
sustained during equestrian activities and recreation.
“Today I am proud to sign legislation that will help ensure the safety of
Florida’s children and prevent serious injuries that otherwise could have been prevented,” said Governor Crist.
“I applaud our Legislature for taking action to protect Florida’s future leaders.”
“Nicole’s Law” is
named for Nicole Hornstein, a 12-year-old girl from Loxahatchee who died in June 2006 after being thrown from a horse and
hitting her head on a paved area of ground. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. As a result of the fall,
she lapsed into a coma for 20 days before passing away. This legislation creates safety measures for children who participate in equestrian activities and recreation.
Under the law any person who allows
a child to ride a horse without a helmet can be fined $500 (£300 plus applicable fees and court costs.
Details of the law
The new law that goes into effect 1st October 2009 requires children
younger than 16 to wear helmets approved by to current ASTM standards that are property fitted and fastened securely when
riding horses in certain circumstances:
· On a public road or right
· On a public equestrian
trail, public recreational trail, public park, or preserve, or public school site, or any other publicly controlled property.
· Trainers, instructors,
supervisors and others may not knowingly rent or lease an equine to be ridden by a child younger than 16 unless the child
has a helmet meeting the requirements of this law. If the child does not have such a helmet, the trainer, instructor, supervisory
or other person who rents or leases the equine must supply such a helmet for the child.
· Parents or guardians of
children younger than 16 cannot authorize or knowingly allow a child to violate this law.
· This law does not apply
when the child is practicing for, riding to or from, or competing or performing in shows or events, including, but not limited
to rodeos and parades, where helmets are not historically a part of the show or event.
· It also does not apply
when the child is riding on privately owned land.
· It does not apply when
the child is engaged in an agricultural practice or pursuit.
Bill analysis and fiscal impact statement
Additional reporting from:
St. Peterburg Times
Horse and Hound
(Riding Safely 13 June 2009)
and Northern England – UK: Warning of military low flying exercise 28 – 30 April
The British Horse Society Scotland is alerting horse riders throughout
Scotland and northern England that an RAF and NATO combined exercise taking place from April the 28th to the 30th is likely
to generate a considerable amount of low flying. It is recommending to horse riders that it will be extra
prudent to wear hi-viz clothing over this period.
Exercise Wycombe Warrior 01-09 and the NATO Electronic Warfare Integration
Programme will consist of up to 70 sorties each day with low flying restricted to 1000 to 1800 hours.
Exercise planners and participating aircrew will do what they can to ensure
this essential training activity is conducted in a manner that causes minimum disruption to the public. The BHS is recommending
that "horse riders for their part ought to make themselves as visible as possible from the air so that low flying craft has
the best chance of steering clear."
source BHS Scotland 24/04/09)
UK: The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) job is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising
out of work activities. They do this through research, information and advice,
promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, inspection, investigation and enforcement.
HSE launches new strategy for
a common sense approach to risk at work
Workplace deaths and injuries have
fallen over the past thirty years but thousands still die every year as a result of work-related accidents and ill health.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
launched a new strategy, Be Part of the Solution, on 3 June designed to reduce the number of workplace accidents and
take a common sense approach to ensuring that risk management is an enabler for business not a burden.
New research published at the launch
demonstrates that employers and workers alike both recognise overwhelmingly that providing a safe workplace makes sound commercial
sense. Nearly 90 per cent of business leaders say that people are their organisation’s most important asset.
In addition to preventing accidents, 65 per cent of employees say that good health and safety practices make them feel valued.
The recession could make some workplaces
more dangerous, as more than a quarter of business leaders say that that their organisation will face pressure to cut spending
on health and safety this year. This is not only potentially dangerous but could also be bad for business; nearly eight in
ten business leaders acknowledge that good health and safety standards are beneficial. In part this is because the cost
of preventing accidents is almost always less than the costs associated with an accident once it happens.
Almost half of Britain’s workers
know someone who has been injured at work, yet the actual rate of deaths and serious injuries is greatly underestimated.
On average, employees think that 3,000 people were killed or seriously injured at work last year, but the true number is 137,000
– more than 45 times higher.
Too often health and safety is seen
as trivial or the preserve of ‘jobsworths’, rather than preventing tragedy. A third of employees wrongly
think that HSE bans wearing flip-flops at work or children playing with conkers. In fact, HSE is focused on real risks
and preventing the serious harm that dangerous workplaces can cause.
The most effective way to improve health
and safety practices is for senior management to show leadership on the issue. HSE is thus calling on leaders today to sign
a pledge to ‘Be Part of the Solution’ and improve health and safety standards.
Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE said:
"HSE is not, and never will be, ‘the fun police.’ Our new strategy shows the way towards a common sense
attitude to health and safety. As regulators, our approach to businesses will be proportionate to the risk they present and
their approach to managing it. We are calling on employers and business owners to take the lead themselves in preventing the
thousands of deaths every year which are caused by work – it is their moral and legal duty and it is good for the business."
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions,
James Purnell said: "There are too many clichés about the role of ‘health and safety' in our society. But amidst
ridiculous myths about banning donkey rides and flip flops, the fact is that too many people are still needlessly killed or
injured. The fact that some people go out to work and never return home to their families is a human tragedy. The new HSE
strategy recognises that a significant challenge now faces everyone with a stake in health and safety. We need to do everything
we can to drive down the toll of death and injury."
Brendan Barber, General Secretary of
the Trades Union Congress, said: "At a time when employers are trying to cut costs, getting the message across on the importance
of health and safety is more important than ever. Today’s strategy is short on rhetoric, but big in vision. Unions and
health and safety representatives are committed to supporting this strategy as well as the day to day work of the HSE."
Sir Steve Bullock, Chair of the Local
Government Association (LGA) human resources panel, said:
"Having a healthy and safe place to
work is a fundamental right of every employee. But it is not a right that everyone enjoys. We must all work together to improve
Britain’s safety record. We must also join together to reject the trivialisation of the health and safety agenda –
we must not be distracted by silly or frivolous issues when the larger issue is about protecting workers from serious injury
"As well as being a regulator alongside
HSE, local government is also a major employer. We are proud to be part of the drive to make Britain a safer and healthier
place to work."
Find out more about the strategy at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/
(HSE - June 2009)
Health and safety guidance to be free online
Authoritative guidance about how to protect employees from workplace dangers is
to be given away free by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
From September 2009 around 250 priced publications that contain health and safety
advice and guidance will be made freely available from HSE’s website in PDF format to view and print.
The publications cover the full range of HSE’s guidance as well as approved
codes of practice (ACOPs) and guidance on regulations.
HSE said it was making the information available to help employers better understand
their legal duties and what health and safety precautions they need to take, and to help safety representatives in maintaining
and improving health and safety in the workplace.
Those that wish to will still have the option to buy professionally produced printed
versions from HSE Books.
Although the publications will be made freely available online, Crown copyright
will still apply and organisations wishing to reproduce the information will still need an appropriate license from the Office
of Public Sector Information (OPSI).
(Source HSE – June 2009)
HSE Myth of the month – January 2009
Myth: If you call HSE for help, you'll
end up with an unwanted inspection
is confidential and run for HSE by a contractor. Your individual information is not passed to HSE so it won’t result
in a visit. The trained operators answer the great majority of calls themselves. If they can’t deal with your query
fully they will ask you if it is alright to refer it to an expert in HSE.
So, if you’ve got a query or a concern, just ask. You’ve
got nothing to lose and it could help your business!
HSE Myth of the month – February 2009
Myth: Pancake races are banned!
Health and safety requirements were given as the reason that a
pancake race couldn’t take place last year.
A straightforward event like this one only needs a short, simple
risk assessment. And when an event has taken place lots of times before, all that’s needed is a review of the previous
assessment - just to check nothing has changed - so that the fun can go ahead!
Managing risk is about practical steps to protect people from real harm and suffering - not bureaucratic back
HSE Myth of the month – March 2009
Myth: Health and safety
rules take the adventure out of playgrounds
We're all for playgrounds being exciting
and challenging places. Children should have fun in them, get fit, develop social skills and learn how to handle risks.
important is to strike the right balance - protecting children from harm while allowing them the freedom to develop independence
and risk awareness. Exciting and challenging playgrounds do this, poorly maintained or badly designed ones don't.
Health and safety
laws don’t stop children having fun but ill-considered and overprotective actions do.
HSE Myth of the month – April 2009
Myth: People don't have to take any responsibility
for their own health and safety
Employers have a duty to protect workers and the public from dangers caused by their work
- and HSE is committed to making sure they do that. But health and safety isn’t entirely someone else's responsibility.
We all have a
duty to keep ourselves safe, by co-operating with safety measures and not putting ourselves or others in danger. This is just
common sense - something we all use every day.
that we aren’t put at risk by other people’s actions, but if we ignore our own responsibilities, real risks can
get missed. Playing the blame game doesn't keep people safe - better to rely on common sense and co-operation.
HSE Myth of the month – May 2009
Myth: Ice cream toppings have been banned
for health and safety reasons
We were recently surprised to hear that ice cream toppings had been banned amid
health and safety fears.
This rumour came
from an ice cream parlour giving out extra toppings in separate containers, instead of pouring them over the ice cream. They
were concerned that people might slip on any spills.
to prevent slips - they remain the most common cause of major injuries.
But in this case
simply clearing up any spills as they occurred would have stopped people slipping and helped the company continue to make
great ice cream taste even better!
Go to the HSE’s Myth of the month homepage
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UK: The “Safety with Horses” course just got better...
The award-winning "Safety with Horses" course is acknowledged for
setting the standard of safety training across the horse industry. But the course
which can be completed at home and your own stables just got better...
If you join during the current campaign, not only do you stand to make your yard
a safer place for people and horses while achieving a nationally accredited award, but you'll also receive a free ticket to
a top equestrian event, meeting one of our top riders.
By successfully completing the Equi Study “Safety with Horses” home/stable
study course and you will receive a free ticket to one of four top equestrian events including Olympia, Badminton, Burghley
and Horse of the Year Show. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet a leading rider, learn about top level competition
and ask questions about show jumping or eventing.
There are seven start dates during the year so you can choose both your favourite
event and the best time to complete your course.
Anyone who is 16 years and over who has access to horses and equine facilities
can take part. You’ll also need a competent person (Level 3 – e.g. AI)) who can observe you undertaking some basic
but key practical activities with horses. Everyone will be able to access their own Equi Study Tutor to help them complete
their course. Click here for more information on the “Safety with Horses” campaign.
Find out what the Health and Safety Executive say about the course
Riding Safely thoroughly recommends
The Emergency Services Protocol
Guidelines to help the emergency services cope better with
equine incidents were launched in May 2007.
The guidelines aim to ensure that any horse involved in
an accident receives proper care as quickly as possible. They cover everything from how a 999 call should be dealt with to
advice on identifying horses and coping with a large animal in an incident.
Services Protocol Fund has also been set up by the BHS and BEVA, to help minimise delays for injured horses receiving veterinary
care when their owners cannot be traced. The fund will also pay for rescue training and specialist lifting and rescue equipment
for the emergency services.
To donate to the fund, contact BEVA (tel: 01638 723555).
Read more from Horse & Hound Online
Download the Emergency Services Protocol leaflet.
Horse owners could benefit from cheaper insurance premiums under plans
to clarify owners' liability announced by Farming Minister Jane Kennedy on 27 March 2009.
The proposals, published by Defra for consultation, would amend the Animals
Act 1971 to clarify owners' liability should their animals cause damage. The
law in its current form lacks clarity and means that animal keepers face the prospect of being held strictly liable for damage
or injury regardless of any actions they may have taken to prevent an incident from occurring.
Ms Kennedy said: "We aim to give animal owners peace of mind when giving their
horses or other animals the space and the exercise they require. This small amendment
means that, if they've taken reasonable precautions and their animal causes damage, the owner will no longer be held strictly
liable. This is great news for all animal keepers, especially as it could even lead to lower insurance premiums - something
which I know would be very welcome to many rural businesses."
The amendment would mean that all animal owners or keepers must continue to
take reasonable precautions to prevent accidents occurring, and they would remain liable for any negligence on their part,
but it would introduce new and clearer criteria for the application of strict, no fault, liability in cases where the accidents
could not have been predicted.
Welcoming the Government’s consultation paper Graham Cory, British Horse
Society, Chief Executive said: “The Society has been campaigning for years for an amendment to the provisions of the
Animals Act 1971, so that a horse owner would not be held liable for their horse’s behaviour when they had done everything
reasonably possible to prevent an accident.” In 2003 the BHS took the initiative and argued to Defra that the law was
in urgent need of amendment, but ministers were not persuaded of the need for urgent action.
At the time of the BHS’s approach to ministers, Graham Cory was the Defra senior civil servant advising ministers
on equine matters. He is convinced that the lack of support from other sectors
of the industry suggested that the BHS was a lone voice. The BHS subsequently supported Laurence Robertson MP’s Ten
Minute Rule Bill to amend the Act. When that proved unsuccessful, the BHS welcomed
the CLA and NFU into the fray, working together to support Stephen Crabb MP’s Private Member’s Bill. Although that Bill, too, was unsuccessful, Defra accepted the argument that the Act needed amending. The BHS has assured Defra that it will work with Government to ensure that the appropriate
reforms can be implemented successfully.
The Defra “Consultation on changes to the Animals Act 1971 to clarify the application of strict liability to the
keepers of animals” runs until 19 June 2009 and comments are invited from all interested parties, and not just from those to whom
the consultation document has been sent.
1. The Animals Act 1971 covers owners' liability for damage done by animals,
and section 2(2) deals with the application of strict liability to the owners of animals that cause damage in certain situations.
2. Strict liability is liability without fault, which means the keeper of the
animal is liable for any damage caused regardless of any actions taken to limit the likelihood of it occurring.
3. The precise meaning of section 2(2(b) of the Act, which refers to strict
liability applying where the characteristics that caused the damage are not normally found in animals of the species or not
normally found except "at particular times or in particular circumstances", has been the subject of debate and disagreement
since the Act came into force. This uncertainty was heightened by the House of Lords' judgement in Mirvahedy v Henley ,
concerning injury caused by spooked horses, which effectively extended the range of circumstances where strict liability could
4. Insurance premiums for many land-based and equestrian businesses rose significantly
in the period following the Mirvahedy judgment in 2003 - it is estimated that public liability premiums for commercial riding
establishments rose by 79% in 2003, 39% in 2004 and 34% in 2005. While evidence of a direct link between the Mirvahedy judgment
and the premium increases is difficult to find, the Government believes that a clarification of the law could lead to reduced
premiums, although this is a matter for insurance companies.
(Defra/BHS/Riding Safely - 27 March 2009)
Ü Consultations, Research & Surveys
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Ü How to get the most from this page
In what is believed to be the first of its kind, an internet-based survey has
been launched to measure the extent and consequences of horse-related injury across the USA, Britain and Australia. The survey
was developed by Dr Patricia Evans at Utah State University, and has been adapted for wider international use with help from
Ken Law, editor of the UK-based website Riding Safely and Denzil O'Brien, who has recently completed a 5-year surveillance
program on risks in eventing. It is being co-hosted by the Equestrian Federation of Australia.
The survey is aimed at anyone who has suffered a horse-related injury and asks
questions across a broad range of equestrian activities and disciplines. Some questions have a distinct USA or UK focus and
should be answered accordingly. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete. “This is possibly the first time
that such a survey has been undertaken across such a wide range of potential respondents, and we believe that it will
provide valuable information on the extent and cost of horse-related injury in our sector.” said Denzil O’Brien.
“We are hoping to obtain richer information than that previously gained through hospitals.”
The survey and data analysis are being undertaken through Utah State University.
Under US law it can only be completed by people aged 18 or over. Anyone taking part will not be asked for identifying information
- data gathered will be used statistically not descriptively.
“We’ve had such surveys in the past but these have normally been
limited to individual countries” said Ken Law “running the survey simultaneously across three countries and gaining
comparable data may prove of enormous benefit in improving safety internationally – I urge everyone to take part”.
Click here to take part in the survey that runs until 28 February 2009.
Ü UK: The Barefoot Trimmers National Occupational Standards Consultation
Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the environmental
and land-based industries, is holding an initial consultation meeting on Wednesday 4 February 2009 regarding the development
of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Equine Barefoot Trimming.
Currently there are no National Occupational Standards
for this area of work and their development was a key recommendation from Lantra's Paraprofessionals research report: titled
'An investigative study of Barefoot Trimmers and Equine Dental Technicians'.
Lantra's industry partnership manager for the equine industry
and Professions Allied to Veterinary Science, Lisa Jarvis said: "National Occupational
Standards describe the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to do a particular task or job. One of the uses for these
standards is using them as building blocks for qualifications, so ensuring that these are right and meet businesses' needs
are vital to the industry's future and equine welfare." Lisa adds: "If you want to play a part in developing these standards, then join Lantra on Wednesday 4 February, at
an initial consultation meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to establish industry requirements for National Occupational
Standards to ensure that they are fit for purpose."
If you would like to participate in the initial NOS development
meeting, please contact Lantra on 0845 707 8007 or email email@example.com
Ü UK: (DEFRA) Consultation launched on changes to horse identification
Defra has launched a consultation
to revise the existing equine identification legislation. The consultation period runs from 10th November 2008 to 10 February
The main requirement for the new Horse Identification legislation is the compulsory
microchipping of foals born after 1 July 2009. This requirement will not be retrospective for older horses.
Under the current legislation, all equidae are required to have identification.
The new regulation aims to improve this current method of identification by linking each ID issued to an electronic microchip
implanted into the animal. Linking the microchip and ID, which are both recorded as a unique life number on a national database,
will reduce risks to human health by stopping certain animals entering the food chain, help disease surveillance, and aid
recovery of lost or stolen horses.
The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on draft Regulations intended
to apply Commission Regulation (EC) No 504/2008 in England. The consultation document is confined to the application of a
number of derogations provided for in the Regulation, along with new offences created and penalties for non compliance.
The consultation can be found at http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/equine-id/index.htm
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BETA International, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2009,
is the world’s foremost equestrian and country trade exhibition. Admission is strictly trade only.
Researchers from BBC2’s Dragons’ Den show will be attending the
trade exhibition seeking potential equestrian entrepreneurs with ingenious products and market-ready business plans.
Dragons’ Den has previously attended BETA International. But for the
first time this year, the production team plans to conduct on-camera auditions with filming taking place during the exhibition.
Pictured above is the sand sculpture completed by Andrew Baynes; the result of three days performance art that took centre stage at last year's show.
Ü UK: Find out how apprenticeships can benefit
your business with LANTRA - 23 to 27 February 2009
Lantra is pleased to host a number of free events in support
of Apprenticeship Week in England (23 - 27 February 2009) to raise awareness of apprenticeships in the environmental and land-based
industries and highlight how they can benefit your business.
These inspiring and interactive events will include a range
of informative presentations from apprentices, training providers and employers currently engaged in a range of exciting apprenticeship
National Director for England, Madge Moore, said: "Apprenticeships
have a central role to play helping firms maintain and improve business productivity during the economic downturn and these
events will give businesses the opportunity to find out how."
Come and join us at one of the following events:
Monday 23 February, 10.30am - 2.00pm,
Myerscough College - includes free entrance to the golf simulator
Tuesday 24 February, 6.00pm - 9.00pm,
Corporate Training Centre at Elm Bank, Coventry - includes a floristry masterclass
Wednesday 25 February, 12.30pm, Wolverhampton
Racecourse - includes free entrance into the races
Thursday 26 February, 10.30am - 2.00pm,
British Racing School, Newmarket - includes access to a training provider marketplace
Friday 27 February, 10.30am - 2.00pm,
Duchy College, Cornwall.
For more information or to book your place visit www.lantra.co.uk/apprenticeships
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 707 8007.
Deadline for registrations is Wednesday 18th February 2009.
Ü Ireland: Cross-country course design seminar - 8 March 2009
The Association of Irish Riding Clubs in conjunction with Eventing Ireland
and the Equestrian Skillnet are holding a seminar on cross-country course design.
It will take place at Gurteen College, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 8th March 2009,
running from 10.30 to 15.30 and costs €20.
This seminar will give participants an insight into designing and creating
cross-country courses and fences to allow horses and riders to train and compete to a high standard.
It will also facilitate riders moving up the levels and give them the skills
to competently negotiate the challenges that lie before across country.
A strong emphasis will be placed on safety and issues concerning the safety
of designing fences.
The sessions will be led by Tony Ennis
(A.I.R.C.) & John Swanton (Eventing Ireland).
Tony Ennis, chairman of A.I.R.C., has designed the cross-country course at
Gurteen College and it has since been modified by Ian Stark (British Olympic Eventer).
John Swanton, former chairman of Eventing Ireland, has stewarded at many international
horse trials in Ireland. John has assisted with the design and building of some
courses including his own at Ashmount.
To book a place, contact Cathy Cooper on 045 - 854 514 or email email@example.com
This event is subsidised by the Equestrian Skillnet
Ü UK: National Equine Forum - 31
The National Equine Forum is a high profile annual event that is held at the
Royal Society in London. The audience includes invited leaders of the various disciplines and interests in the horse world,
and is normally attended by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal and the Minister for the Horse Industry. There are a small
number of tickets available on a first come first served basis for paying guests at a cost of £100 for the day’s event,
including a buffet lunch. The Forum provides an outstanding opportunity for networking with the leaders of the horse industry,
and represents exceptional value for money for those wishing to engage in continuing professional development.
The 2009 Forum will be held from 0930 to 1600 on Tuesday 31 March. It is a
not-for-profit event that investigates topics of current interest and concern in a non-partisan and non-commercial fashion,
with plenty of time for questions. Topics selected are always relevant and frequently controversial. Expressions of support
in debate at the Forum can often lead to initiatives going forward, as for example with the formation of the British Grooms
The 2009 Forum will include the following topics:
· Feed, including papers on the impact of biofuels
and world food demand, the advantages and disadvantages of additives, and the risks of accidental doping from cross-contamination
· Whether the equestrian world is hobby, sport, recreation
· Progress in setting up the British Grooms Association
· The implications of recent Government policies
on developments in work based learning
· A coordinated presentation by the Worshipful Companies
of Saddlers, Loriners and Farriers
· Olympic and Paralympic Games, looking back to performances
in 2008, and forward to the selection of locations in 2012
· Undergraduate thesis of the year
· Topical spot, this year looking at vaccines and
the BEVA laminitis study
If you would like to apply for a ticket, please contact the Hon Secretary,
Mrs Tracy Lepkowska, at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, Warwick, CV35 9BL email TLEPKOWSKA@WARKSCOL.AC.UK
Ü "In sicknes and
The ‘In sickness and in health’ fundraising campaign is designed
to support the BHS’s work of preventing the suffering of thousands of horses and ponies, which it does by providing
expert advice across a broad range of equine topics.
Read more »
the Strangles hold
In February 2007, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and British Horse Society (BHS)
launched a nationwide Strangles Campaign, which has two aims. The first is to raise awareness of this dreadful equine plague,
and the second is to gain support for the research programme.
For this, the target is to raise £250,000 to fund research into the next stages
of the development of improved means of diagnosis and prevention – ultimately to eradicate this terrible disease.
The campaign was launched by the President of the AHT, HRH The Princess Royal,
at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. It continues to make great progress, with the total raised so far standing at
For more information about Strangles and the campaign visit www.strangles.org
Ü Riding hats and helmets are just different terms used to describe the same thing -