Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference

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This annual conference is aimed at Higher Education students, providing an opportunity to experience writing and submitting an abstract, going through the review and revisions process, through to delivering a theatre presentation to a full conference audience or producing a scientific poster to present.

This is often a daunting experience, however, the Alltech-Hartpury Student Conference allows students to present to students, without additional intimidation from experts and supervisors.

Delegates representing colleges and universities from the UK, present oral and poster presentations covering a vast range of topics.

The Alltech-Hartpury Conference is especially encouraging submissions in the following areas:

  • Equine behaviour and welfare
  • Equine business management
  • Breeding, genetics and stud management
  • Equine health and therapy
  • Equine nutrition and feeding
  • Rider performance
  • Equine performance

However, all topics of interest to equestrian science and industry will be considered.

Prizes provided by Alltech, also sponsors of the World Equestrian Games, are awarded for the best oral and poster presentations. Abstracts are welcomed from students from all over the UK and more recently the Conference has pleasingly been in receipt of submissions from a number of international institutes.

Detailed abstract guidelines, key dates and submission information are available within the document downloads on this site.

The 9th Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference will take place on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at Hartpury University, Gloucester.

Tickets can be purchased via our online shop. We're offering an early bird discount until the 16 March. Group discounts available on purchases of 9 or more tickets.

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Looking back on the 8th Alltech-Hartpury conference

The morning session of the 8th Alltech-Hartpury conference, chaired by Equine Scientific Consultant, Dr David Marlin, was opened by an informative presentation by Dr David Davies, founder of Silage Solutions Ltd, on ‘Producing haylage for horses – The do’s and don’ts to achieve a quality and safe feed’. The morning’s keynote presentation was followed by presentations from students from Hartpury University, University Centre Sparsholt, University Centre Reaseheath, Myerscough College and the Royal Agricultural University. Topics presented included ‘Evaluating the Ability of an Equine Movement Sensor to Monitor Stabled Horse Activity’ and ‘Does Veterinary Physiotherapy influence the outcome of horses returning to full work post kissing spines surgery?’.

The afternoon session, chaired by Dr David Davies, opened with the postgraduate section, with oral presentations from McTimoney College of Chiropractic, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Primorska, Slovenia. Topics presented included a preliminary study in to leg and trunk, muscle activation patterns of horseback riders at walk, trot and canter, and a case-controlled evaluation of falls in Irish hurdle racing. Following the afternoon poster and oral sessions, Dr David Marlin rounded of the day with an inspiring and entertaining talk entitled ‘Managing equestrian events in challenging climates a quarter century on from the Barcelona Olympics’

Posters on topics such as over-rugging and the effects of rugging on clipped, stabled horses, pre-competition dietary habits and nutritional knowledge of affiliated showjumping riders, and whether equine dissections have a positive impact on people within a learning environment, were displayed throughout the day. Prizes for the best student theatre and poster presentations were awarded at the close of the conference by the Conference Organiser Kirsty Lesniak and Dr Helen Warren from Alltech, who sponsor the conference.

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