A packed audience attended the annual World Horse Welfare conference at the Royal Geographical Society in London and we at War Horse Memorial were delighted to have been invited. In the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, the charity’s President, the theme focused on responsibility for equine welfare, examining just who is responsible and what that means. The event was chaired by George Freeman MP, with speakers including Chief Executive Roly Overs, Chairman Michael Baines; Annamarie Phelps, Chair of the British Horseracing Authority; Rachel Murray, Orthopaedic Specialist at Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons; Bronwen Williams, independent trainer and educator; YouTube sensation This Esme; and Inspector Dave Smith, of Kent Police.
A discussion panel examined a responsible approach to equine welfare and comprised racing journalist and broadcaster Mike Cattermole; showjumper Joe Stockdale; vet and British Veterinary Association Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel member Dr Madeleine Campbell; BBC Sports Correspondent Joe Wilson; New Forest commoner and Foundation for Common Land trustee Lyndsey Stride; and vet and World Horse Welfare Trustee Julie Ross.
Later in the day ‘Charity in Action’ presentations highlighted elements of World Horse Welfare’s current work in the UK and around the world that involves owners, partner charities and governments. The UK Welfare team examined the many layers of responsibility involved in equine welfare, while the Campaigns team explored the possibility of improving UK horse health through human behaviour change. And the International team considered how horse-human partnerships can be improved using behavioural science.