Category Archives: Conferences

International Equine Conference Press Event to Be Held at UNLV Campus

September 14, 2012 – Chicago (EWA) – The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and Respect4Horses are holding a press conference that will feature sponsors and presenters from the International Equine Conference (IEC). The press conference will be held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) campus in the Stan Fulton Bldg. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11 A.M.

Current issues surrounding the BLM roundups of our wild horses and burros and horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States and its social and environmental impacts will be discussed at the press conference. The general public as well as students and faculty of the university are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served at the press conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 & 23, 2012, at the UNLV campus Stan Fulton Bldg. Current initiatives, legislative issues and progress addressing the care and futures of domestic and wild horses and burros in this country will be covered by an impressive and diverse panel of experts.

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2012 International Equine Conference

Chicago (EWA) – Registration is now open for the 2012 International Equine Conference (IEC) to be held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event follows the extremely successful 2011 conference in Alexandria, Virginia last year.

The conference will kick off with a reception at 8PM on the night of September 21st, and continue with two full days of presentations starting on the morning of the 22nd. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, this year’s conference will include both breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Evenings will be free for participants to enjoy the many exciting diversions of Las Vegas.

The program will address all aspects of equine welfare for both domestic and wild equines as well as the impact of horse slaughter on public health and communities. Speakers will include many of the personalities that have been in the news over the past year, as well as some who have been working quietly behind the scenes. “It will be a chance to get the inside story from people who have dedicated their lives to protecting our horses and burros and much of the information will not have been publicly available before,” explains EWA’s John Holland.

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Historic Shaker Village Site of Equestrian Trails Conservation Workshop

Lexington, KY, June 13, 2012 – The historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Kentucky will be the site of a trails conservation workshop associated with the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference (SETC).  SETC is a two-day conference established thirteen years ago, and will be held in Lexington, Kentucky on July 13-14, 2012. The Shaker Village workshop will be held on July 12, 2012 as an optional pre-conference offering.

Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark on 3000 acres of rolling Central Kentucky farmland, located about 25 miles southwest of Lexington. The Village is managed as a private nonprofit.

While horses have been ridden on trails there for years, recently some unique partnerships established with the local Back Country Horsemen groups, as well as fox-hunting and driving organizations.  These partnerships have resulted in not only more trail mileage, but an appreciation by the Village management of the value of equestrian tourism, the enhancement of the historic atmosphere when horses are present, and the benefits of trail planning and maintenance when working closely with local horsemen.

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Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference Coming to Kentucky!
July 12-14, 2012
Lexington, Kentucky

Do any of these fit your description?

  • You ride on trails
  • You think equestrian trails can help develop your community’s economy
  • You believe in the value of outdoor equestrian activities for our kids
  • You believe in being stewards of our natural resources
  • You’d like to meet trail advocates in other states
  • You’d like to understand federal land management policies
  • You believe being involved with horses in nature is a special activity that must be protected

If any of these descriptions fit you, then you will want to attend the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference on July 12-14, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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National Equestrian Trails Conference to Be Held in Lexington

July 12-14, 2012

The Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference (SETC) will be held in Lexington, KY in July.  This is the first time this conference has come to Kentucky!  We are excited to have this opportunity to host the conference and trail leaders from around the country.

For Kentucky trail riders, this is a unique opportunity to hear national speakers and to mingle with other trail leaders from the Southeast U.S. as well as around the country.

We want to have a good show of support from Kentucky, with a good turnout of Kentucky trail riders and leaders.

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Saudi Arabia’s First Female Olympian Addresses IOC Women and Sport Conference

Dalma Rushdi Malhas, Saudi Arabia’s first female Olympian, addressing the fifth IOC Women and Sport conference.

Lausanne (SUI), 26 February 2012 – Dalma Rushdi Malhas, who made history by becoming the first Saudi female athlete to compete on the Olympic stage when she rode at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, was amongst a high-profile group of speakers who addressed the recent IOC Women and Sport conference in Los Angeles (USA). The 20-year-old, who won individual bronze in Singapore, spoke of her hope of gender equality in all sports.

“I cannot yet compare myself to the riders of the Saudi First Team, but I am determined to give my best to reach their level one day, and prove that all women athletes, all over the world, should be given equal opportunities,” she said.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Malhas had received the loudest applause of the day after being invited onto the stage by IOC Executive Board member Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco. Malhas, and then her mother, were brought on stage to demonstrate that female athletes from the Middle East can make their mark on the international sporting arena.

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Revised Schedule for Las Vegas WHIN Meeting

Here is the revised schedule for our Las Vegas meeting. Please note there may be additional changes to our speakers.


7:30AM – Exhibitors set up
8:30AM – Registration opens

Cathy Ebsen – President – Web Services, Etc.
Sarvy Emo – President-The Tack House
Sharla Sanders – Founder/Director – The Second Race

Andrea Featherston-Rossi, Roanoke Design & Marketing

11:45AM – 1:00PM – LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

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Lusitano Stallion Zairo Interagro Represents the Breed in 2012 USDF Trainer’s Conference

Zairo Interagro and rider Heather Bender receive coaching during the USDF Trainer’s Conference at High Meadow Farm. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (February 7, 2012) – Zairo Interagro, a beautiful grey Lusitano stallion bred by Interagro Lusitanos, participated as a demonstration horse the during the USDF FEI-Level Trainer’s Conference with trainer Heather Bender. The USDF Trainer’s Conference was held at High Meadow Farm in Loxahatchee, Florida, and featured Christoph Hess, an FEI “I” judge in both dressage and eventing.

“I am so pleased that Zairo Interagro had the opportunity to represent the Lusitano breed during the Trainer’s Conference,” said Cecilia Gonzaga, the Managing Director of Interagro Lusitanos in Brazil. “Trainers from around the United States attended the conference, and this event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the breed.”

Zairo and Bender took part in the Third level demonstration, working on flying changes and stretching over the back under the tutelage of Hess. “Zairo is a talented horse and a good representation of the Lusitano breed, which are known for their generous temperament and trainability,” Gonzaga said.

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Women’s Horse Industry Network Hosting Western States Meeting and Expo

The Women’s Horse Industry Network, the largest business network in the world for women working in the horse industry, will be hosting a Western States Meeting and Expo February 24-25, 2012 in Las Vegas. The event will be held at the LaQuinta Airport South. This will be the first time that women in the horse industry in the West will be able to gather together to exchange information, contacts and business.

The two day event will include exhibits from companies that produce and market products and services to the horse industry as well as a variety of panels covering all aspects from Using the Web to Grow Your Business to Holistic Horse Care and Proper Saddle Fitting. Some of the speakers lined up so far include: Cathy Ebsen, President of Web Services, Etc.; Savvy Emo, President of the Tack House; Charlene Hadwin, VP EasyMileLog and Owner of Equine Suites & Concierge; Andrea Featherston-Rossi, President of Roanoke Design & Marketing; Sabine Schleese, Managing director, Schleese Saddlery Service Inc.; Katherine Windfeather-Thompson, Animal Communicator and Healer, Author; and Molly Wells, President of Equinessence and an ATS, EBW Certified Equine & Canine Acuscope Therapist/Instructor. Other speakers will be announced soon and posted on WHIN’s website.

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FEI President Celebrates Equine Vets at 2011 WEVA Conference

FEI President HRH Princess Haya who gave the opening address at the 2011 WEVA Conference in India on 2 November.

Lausanne (SUI), 3 November 2011 – FEI President HRH Princess Haya celebrated the 250th anniversary of the first veterinary school in Lyons (FRA) and the birth of the modern veterinary profession in her opening address at the 2011 World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) Conference in India yesterday (2 November).

The FEI President was addressing 600 delegates, including key members of the world’s equine industry, breeders and leading equine veterinarians, at the conference in the historic city of Hyderabad.

“The events organised around the world to mark World Veterinary Year have demonstrated the crucial role veterinarians play in improving animal health, pushing the boundaries of biomedical research and protecting the environment,” HRH Princess Haya said.

“The challenge is to better serve the wider equestrian community by leading and taking courageous and sometimes difficult decisions while ensuring that our horses, our industry, our sport, our food supplies and the future scientific breakthroughs needed by the world over are protected in all ways.”

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