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 especially encourages 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, our long-standing sponsor, are awarded for the best oral and poster presentations. Abstracts are welcomed from students on any higher education programme, as long as their research relates to the above criteria.

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

This year, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are hosting the Conference over two days; Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th May 2020 at Hartpury University, Gloucester.

Tickets can be purchased from January 2020, via our online shop. We're offering an early bird discount until the 20th March. Group discounts available on purchases of 9 or more tickets.

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Looking back on the 9th Alltech-Hartpury conference

The 9th Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference took place on the 8th May 2019. Around 100 delegates attended, representing more than fifteen colleges and universities from the UK and Europe. Students presented their work via 10 theatre presentations and 35 poster presentations, covering a vast range of topics. The standard of presentations from the students was again very high. Throughout the course of the day, delegates were entertained and inspired by the engaging discussion from both the student delegates and the keynote speakers with whom they were able to network over the two poster sessions.

The morning session, chaired by Alltech’s, Dr Helen Warren, was opened by a dynamic and thought-provoking presentation by Russell Guire, founder of Centaur Biomechanics, on ‘The effect that saddle fit has on thoracolumbar kinematics’. The morning’s keynote presentation was followed by presentations from students from Hartpury University, Bishop Burton College, Hadlow College, Myerscough College and the Royal Agricultural University. Topics presented included ‘Lack of variation in the myostatin (MSTN) gene indicates additional genes contribute to endurance racing performance in Mongolian horses’ and ‘A Comparison of Gender Equality between Age Group and Competition Level within British Eventing’.

The afternoon session, chaired by Russell Guire, opened with the final undergraduate section, with oral presentations from Myerscough College, Writtle University Centre and University Centre Reaseheath. Following the afternoon poster session, the postgraduate section concluded the student oral section with a presentation from the University of Primorska, Slovenia on Analysis of muscle modes of novice and professional horseback-riders at walk, trot and canter, and from Hartpury University entitled ‘Can the use of baseline filter reduce interference and clarify interface pressure data collected for horse rider combinations?’ Dr Sebastian McBride from Aberystwyth University rounded off the day with an entertaining and inspiring talk entitled ‘Probing the horses mind; using cognitive tests to assess normal and abnormal behaviour’

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 best student theatre and poster presentations were judged by the keynote speakers and representatives of Alltech; the conference sponsor. Awarded at the close of the conference, the prize for the best theatre presentation went to Victoria Leabeater from Hartpury University, for her talk on ‘A study to determine the effect of fatigue on the rider's decision-making when riding the cross-country phase of FEI 2* level competition.’ The prize for the top poster went to Writtle University College student Rosemary Lawrence for her study entitled ‘The effects of dynamic mobilisation exercises on the biomechanics of the ridden horse’.

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