Next month’s National Equine Forum (NEF) in London is set to host a dynamic line-up of speakers and delegates to discuss the big issues facing the equestrian industry.

Held on Thursday March 5 at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the programme will cover diverse topics from equestrian politics and legislation to education and welfare.

A new format will see the day split into themed sections: The horse industry and the Government; Training and professional development opportunities in further education in the UK; and The horse industry: reflections and projections.

The event will also include the presentation of the prestigious Sir Colin Spedding Award. This year’s confirmed speakers include Lord De Mauley, parliamentary under secretary for natural environment and science, who will give the Defra view of the industry.

Jeanette Allen, chairman of the equine sector council steering group and Louise Kemble, chairman of the British Horse Industry Confederation, will introduce the equine sector general election manifesto for the horse, followed by animal health and welfare officer Steven Gale giving a view from the ground on the implementation of equine legislation.

Tim Brigstocke, chairman of NEF said: “This year’s programme is very much a reflection of the feedback and suggestions we have had from previous attendees and from detailed discussions with sponsors “The excellent array of speakers and topics should be of interest to anyone involved in the equine world.”

A panel made up of chief veterinary officers (CVOs) and other industry heavyweights will explore equine health and welfare in today’s rapidly changing world.

They will debate hot topics including fly-grazing, the tripartite agreement, the management of equine health, passports, horse meat and livery yard licensing.

Chaired by Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare, the panel will comprise Tim Morris of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, Robert Huey, CVO for Northern Ireland, Sheila Voas, CVO for Scotland and Jo Price from the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework.

In addition to the three themed sessions there will be a number of five-minute topical slots interspersed throughout the day, and the Sir Colin Spedding Award will be presented to the winner.

Tickets are available to equestrian trade delegates and equestrian professionals at a cost of £100 per person, which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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