National Equine Forum 20th Annual Meeting

On Thursday 8th March 2012, I was fortunate enough to attend the 20th Annual National Equine Forum, as a representative for the F&I Association. This was held at The Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Westminster. One of my reasons for attending was to support our friend and colleague from F&I, Sue Pimbley, who presented an excellent paper which considered the value of Equine Degrees.

The days programme was filled with a total of fourteen papers presented by professionals and experts reflecting every area of the equine industry. Helen Niebhur, a specialist in equine law, from Darbys Solicitors presented a paper on issues on liability and their resolutions. Janice Shardlow head of governance and legal affairs at the BEF spoke about doping issues concerning the balance between welfare and performance

I also particularly enjoyed Professor Derek Knottenbelt’s discussion of two equine medical conditions – Sarcoids and Headshaking. Professor Knottenbelt presented a comprehensive argument that further research and investigation was a priority in the attempt to fully understand Headshaking as the serious neurological condition that it is. Read more National Equine Forum 20th Annual Meeting

Morning at Mrs Robeson’s National Hunt yard

We were blessed with lovely Spring weather for the morning at Mrs Robeson’s National Hunt yard in Buckinghamshire. The strike rate for this 24 horse yard since 1st January is looking impressive, 4 winners and numerous placings from the handful that run at this time of the year.

Two FBHS’s, five BHSI’s and 3 guests were treated to watching “happy athletes” in their work. We arrived in time for 2nd lot who were schooling over chase fences and hurdles in a paddock with poles, show jumps, ditches, tyres and barrels which all the horses start over. Then if they don’t want to be a racehorse they can always find another job for them. Read more Morning at Mrs Robeson’s National Hunt yard