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key note speakers:


Turid Buvik

Equine Cognition

MBA, Master level ecology, Master level environmental law and management. Scientist working with big mammals, entrepreneur, Behavioural therapist on animals and international speaker. Founder of Trondheim Dogtraining school, previous researchprojects being with Behaviour of whales, moose, Cancerdogs, Pollutiondogs and behaviour of horses. 


Stuart and Jane Myers

Sustainable Horse Keeping

Stuart and Jane Myers MSc (Equine Science - Grazing Behavior) formed Equiculture over 20 years ago and developed a Sustainable Horse / Land Management system called "The Equicentral System". They lived in Australia for 24 years before returning to the United Kingdom. While in Australia they worked closely with natural resource managers across the country to deliver talks to horse owners on the subject of sustainable horse / land management and have also written several books on the subject. Once back in the UK they developed a comprehensive online resource for horse owners. Their website is


Jo Hockenhull

Human and equine relations

Bristol University

Jo is an animal behavior and welfare research scientist at Bristol Veterinary School. She has participated in wellness research on a wide range of species, from leisure horses and cattle to cetaceans, but her passion has always been horses. Jo's doctoral thesis investigated the prevalence of behavioral problems in UK leisure horses and their associated risk factors. She has been riding since she was 10 years old and has had an Irish cob on partial loan for 9 years since she came to her garden when she was 4 years old.

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Karen McComb

Equine behavior, identifying emotions

Karen McComb is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Cognition at University of Sussex. Her research has focused on studying animal communication and finding new ways to explore animal minds. She has worked on a wide variety of mammal species including red deer, lions, elephants, as well as domestic horses, cats and dogs. In this talk she will discuss the most recent work by her team on emotional awareness in horses – and provide some insights into how horses respond to the emotions of their human caregivers.


Lucy Rees

The role of the horse in today's society

Equine ethologist, tamer, teacher and writer. Her scientific knowledge and her studies on “wild” horses are combined with extensive experience with horses of all types, use and country in a holistic vision of the problems experienced by the horses in our hands.

Since our concepts of equine well-being and treatment must be derived from the natural life of horses, she has a herd of pottokas, the Basque primitive race, living and creating without human interference, to encourage observation and study of their natural behavior.


Amy McLean

Quality of life of mules and donkeys, human / animal interaction

Dr. McLean has dedicated her professional career to conducting donkey and mule research that focuses on improving the management and welfare of these animals based on the idea that improving their welfare will also help improve the welfare of families. for those who work. McLean is an assistant professor of equine science teaching in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California Davis. She obtained her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in the area of equine science, where she studied methods to improve the welfare of working donkeys in Mali, West Africa. McLean serves as the board of directors for several national donkey and mule organizations. In her spare time, she volunteers and serves as the board of directors for the Equitarian Initiative that focuses her efforts on equines in Central and South America. She is also co-chair of the Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium held annually at UC Davis.


Ben Hart

The role of the horse in today's society

Ben is on a mission to help people understand the true nature of equines by using the honesty of behavioral science to help both animals and their people unlock their true potential. Ben removes myths and dependency from dominance and forceful training methods and focuses on effective and positive solutions that focus on both animal and human. He is also the author of several books on equine behavior and clicker training, as well as the creator of a unique series of individual equine training plans and online courses. He has worked with horses, mules, donkeys, and people around the world: from mustangs and racehorses in California, workhorses in Australia, pleasure horses in Canada and Europe, and working equines in Cambodia and Ethiopia, Egypt, Mexico , Kenya. IAABC Certified Horse Behavior Consultant and ABTC Accredited Animal Behavior Certificate.


Tamzin Furtado

Human behavior change for the welfare of horses

Tamzin is a social scientist with a background in global health, and has a specific interest in the interconnections between human and animal health and wellbeing. She completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool studying how we can improve the management of obesity in horses, particularly focusing on horse-human relationships and human behaviour change. She now works on projects covering a wide range of aspects of understanding human behaviour in order to improve companion animal welfare, and in using social sciences to find out more about how we can help people to change.


Marita Giménez Candela

Sentience as a legal concept

Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Professor. Facultat de Dret Director of the Master in Animal Law, UAB Director of ICALP, UAB Founder and Editor-in-Chief of dA Animal Law (Forum of Animal Law Studies)


Arnau Seix

How to advertise and sell products in emerging equestrian markets

Founder and CEO of Drop & Vase, he is also a freelance marketing and publicity consultor, and co.founder of, an online video creating platform. Arnau holds an honors degree in Advertising and Public Relations, specialising in strategic marketing and has extensive experience leading high profile projects and overseeing accounts on a daily basis. 



Emily Kieson

Domestic equine social behavior, interactions and implications for the equine-human bond

Emily has over 20 years full time experience as a horse trainer and instructor with ten years in the field of equine-assisted therapies. She holds a M.S. in Psychology, a graduate degree in Equine Science, is a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), and serves on the Equine Welfare Committee through PATH. Her research focuses on equine behavioral psychology in the context of the horse-human interaction and potentials for interspecies communication and social bonding. She is currently based in Oklahoma and works with organizations and professionals around the world in both research and education.


Marine Lercier

The participation of horses in human activities. A way of working.

French jurist specialized in European Union Law, Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice and International Human Rights. Her main research interests in Animal Law are the fundamental rights of animals, themodernization of the legal status of animals, animal labor, the legal protection of horses, the welfare of racehorses, the EU legislative framework for the protection of animal welfare, the impact of animal farming on climate change and the globalization of animal law.


Lee Deigaard

Horse in the museum

An artist from New Orleans and rural Georgia. Responding to spontaneous voluntary interactions with curious and generous animal collaborators, her work explores multi-species empathy and animal cognition and personality. Her work has appeared in Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, the National Geographic PROOF blog, Lenscratch, Oxford American, and as part of Format International in the UK, and appeared on Pride of Place at the New Art Museum Orleans.


Katarina Felicia Lundgren

Cognitive science and the theory of intersubjectivity to understand equine-human interaction and coexistence.

Since 2008 Katarina has focused on education and human-horse interaction. It started by developing a non-traditional riding and education school / center, which went on to offer horse holiday packages, and then moved into the field of equine assisted human growth and learning therapies and activities without equine assistance. Katarina is the director of the MiMer NGO Center, an education, research and treatment center and a networking and information center. They educate (and develop education) and do research on equines as biological, social, emotional and cognitive beings, equine well-being and ethics, equine-human interaction, equines in therapy and learning programs, trauma in humans and equines and modalities of equine assisted intervention. The objective at MiMer is to develop a comprehensive education that sets the standards and contains the equine knowledge and equine-human interaction that is needed in the field of equine assisted activities and therapies.

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Marie Catherine Martin

Why is it necessary to talk about the sensitivity of the animal and the consciousness of man?

Consultant during 3 years then teacher in University and professional training for 7 years, pony breeder and responsible for an associative equestrian center for 18 years, (specialised in disabilited children) and today animal mediation practitioner with children and seniors. Doctor in economics, University Diploma in animal and human ethology with Boris Cyrulnik during 2 years, yoga insctructor and President of the association les poneys et l'enfant, Aix-en-Provence France.


Adrià Voltes

Animal sensitivity and post-anthropocentric gyration

Fundación Franz Weber Degree in Genetics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Postgraduate Studies in Biomedicine at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Doctorate in Neurobiology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Researcher of Anthropology of Animal Life, Grup d'Estudis d'Etnozoologia attached to the Catalan Institute of Anthropology. Scientific consultant and scientific communication at the Franz Weber Foundation.


Jo Hockenhull

Social media as a force for improving equine welfare

University of Bristol

Jo is an animal behaviour and welfare research scientist at Bristol Veterinary School. She has participated in welfare research on a range of species, from leisure horses and livestock to cetaceans, but her passion has always been horses. Jo’s PhD thesis investigated the prevalence of behaviour problems in UK leisure horses and their associated risk factors. She has ridden since the age of 10 and has had Irish Cob Oscar on part loan for 9 years since he arrived on her yard as a 4-year-old.

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