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Equine forum reveals 30th birthday programme
The National Equine Forum is organised by a committee reflecting various sectors of the equestrian industry and has as its President HRH The Princess Royal.
Hybrid event will include debates on workforce sustainability and anthelmintic resistance.

The National Equine Forum – the only equine conference of its kind in the UK - is set to mark its 30th anniversary with a celebratory programme of debates, real-world insights and panel discussions.

Taking place online and in-person, the day will include a special review of the past 30 years and a look ahead to the future of the equine sector. Among the topics to be discussed include a debate on workforce sustainability, Defra’s view of the industry, a look at equine herd health status and the latest on anthelmintic resistance. 

NEF chairman Tim Brigstocke commented: “In this, our 30th year, and a time at which the industry continues to face challenges imposed by the pandemic, we have tried to cover important practical issues within the sector as well as sharing the latest knowledge and news. We hope the day will be engaging, informative and fun and that our hybrid format will once again broaden our reach around the globe.” 

The event takes place at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on Thursday, 3 March 2022, with a reduced number of attendees and the opportunity for others to join via live stream. To find out more and to book tickets, visit

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Organisations and people celebrating the day will raise awareness of the accelerated decline in pollinator diversity, and highlight the importance of sustainable beekeeping systems and a wide variety of bees. Slovenia, the initiator of World Bee Day, will be focusing on teaching young people about the significance of pollinators. 

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