The Waltham Equine Studies Group is sponsoring the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP), to be held in Chester from June 16-20 2014, in conjunction with Kentucky Equine Research.

Held every four years, ICEEP aims to advance understanding of the physiology, function and health of athletic horses through the promotion of scientific research.
Organised by a prestigious committee comprising leading names within the international equine veterinary and research sector, it is open to all researchers, vets and other professionals involved in the care and treatment of athletic horses.
Prof Pat Harris, head of the Waltham Equine Studies Group was a member of the national organising committee and is delighted to be co-chairing the nutrition section of the conference.

ICEEP’s extensive, five-day programme will feature a number of keynote speakers:

  • The event will commence with Prof Warwick Bayly discussing applied exercise physiology, followed by Drs Emmeline Hill and Des Leadon on the genetics of equine performance.
  • On day two Prof Ray Geor will discuss recent advances in the nutrition of the athletic horse and Jose Rivero will explore progress in understanding skeletal muscle design and adaptability of equine athletes. 
  • Local excursions on day three will be followed on day four by Prof Rene van Weeren on biomechanics as the gateway towards better understanding of the horse-rider interaction and Prof Robert Shave on the athletic heart.
  • The final day will see Prof Graeme Close looking at the balance between recovery and adaptation – does nutrient timing hold the key and Dr Narelle Stubbs will examine comparative physiotherapy and maintaining the equine athlete for optimal performance.
During sessions linked to these speakers, researchers from all over the world will present the results of their current work and there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the findings. There will also be extensive poster sessions highlighting the breadth and depth of research in this area.
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