Tickets have sold out for this Thursday’s (5 March) National Equine Forum (NEF), but you can still enjoy the event which reflects every aspect of the equestrian industry. 

In addition to the NEF being live streamed, remote audiences and attending delegates can have their say via an online app.

The forum will be live streamed free of charge on the NEF website ( and the international channel Clip My Horse. 

You can register for livestreaming here which will add the event to your calendar, provide you with a reminder and give you the opportunity to provide feedback.

Viewers, as well as event delegates, can submit questions, in advance or on the day, by using the audience participation tool Slido. 

Questions for some sessions can be submitted now. During the Forum, polls will be used during certain presentations. Information on how to submit your question can be found here:

This year’s NEF programme covers educational and practical presentations from governmental, veterinary, charity and equestrian leaders.

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Sheila Voas Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland and Dr Richard Newton Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the Animal Health Trust will, together, present a comprehensive session on Brexit, animal health and emerging disease. 

After the session, questions can be put to the panel which will include David Mountford, Chair of the British Horse Council.

James Hick, Chief Executive of The British Horse Society (BHS) will present a topical spot on the BHS’s Project Jigsaw which aims work with the equestrian sector to record and protect historical routes for equestrian use.

 In a session on the national impact of global issues Linda Edwards, Executive Director of Operations at The Donkey Sanctuary will discuss the crisis of disappearing donkeys and the donkey skin trade. 

Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare and Barry Johnson, Independent Chair of the Horse Welfare Board will look at societal acceptance of the use of horses from racing through to recreation.

 A human behavioural science session introduced by Dr Zac Baynham-Herd, Associate Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team will look at how human behaviour change can make a difference to equine welfare. 

Sarah Freeman, Professor of Veterinary Surgery at the University of Nottingham will talk about colic. 

David Rendle, council member of the British Equine Veterinary Association, will discuss behaviour change and its potential impact on worming compliance. 

Abigail and Andrew Turnbull of Richmond Equestrian Centre, introduced by Jude Matthews, Chief Executive of British Eventing, will speak about strangles and turning the negative problem of a disease outbreak into a positive.

 Equestrianism at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 will be discussed by Tim Hadaway, Director for Games Operations, Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), followed by a talk from Henry Bullen of Peden Bloodstock, about travelling horses internationally and post Brexit implications.

 Kirsty Withnall, RSPCA Inspector for the RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit, will present the Memorial Lecture on the complexities of a multi-agency equine welfare case, alongside the ways in which welfare charities collaborate.

 The winner of the 2020 Sir Colin Spedding Award will also be announced and the award will be presented.

For further information on the NEF and to view past presentations visit