International conference in Gloucestershire postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
A major international conference due to take place at Hartpury for those dedicated to the welfare of horses has been called off.
Organisers have postponed the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Hartpury Conference 2020 until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organising committee at Hartpury University, where the showpiece event was due to take place in August, made the joint decision with the ISES Council to reschedule the event.
Further details regarding revised dates will be announced in the near future.
The following statement was issued on behalf of the local conference organising committee (LCOC) to ISES members, 2020 conference sponsors and speakers by ISES president Orla Doherty, Hartpury University pro vice-chancellor Rose Scott-Ward, co-chair of the Hartpury LCOC, Dr Jane Williams, co-chair of the Hartpury LCOC, ISES junior vice-president.
“Whilst we are saddened to have had to postpone the conference, we are sure you all not only understand but also fully support this decision in light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation worldwide and the impact this is currently having, and will continue to have on our communities for the immediate future.
“We are all going through incredibly difficult and challenging times, and we hope you and your families and friends stay safe and well, and look forward to catching up for happier times next summer at Hartpury.”
Professor Natalie Waran, co-founder, hon fellow and trustee, International Society for Equitation Science, said: “We are all grateful to the local organising team at Hartpury who had put together a wonderful programme of talks and practical sessions, and look forward to next year, when we will be able to safely gather to discuss how the latest research findings can be practically applied to ensure the safety and welfare of horse and rider in their interactions with one another.”