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EGB Welfare Seminar 3rd March 2018

EGB Welfare Seminar 3rd March 2018

EGB Welfare Seminar 3rd March 2018  

Welfare Seminar to take place at The British Racing School conference centre on 3rd March.  







09.00 Start

09.10 Welcome by Roly Owers MRCVS , World Horse Welfare

An insight into the Use not Abuse of performance horses and the global Visibility of horses 

10.00 Dr Annamaria Nagy , Animal Health Trust

Lameness in Endurance Horses 

(What we have learnt from the British endurance horse health survey)

11.15 Tea/Coffee break

11.30 Professor Tim Parkin, Glasgow University

Work to predict and minimise Risk in Endurance Worldwide

13.00 Lunch

13.30 Lee Clark , Functional Physiotherapy 

The importance of Saddle and Rider balance 

14.30 Dr David Marlin, Scientific and Equine Consultant

Training , Competition and Career Strategy

15.30 Tom Eaton-Evans MRCVS, Newmarket Equine Hospital 

Inside the Treatment Stables

16.30 Q&A session on The Purpose of the Vetgate hosted by Annamaria Nagy.  

17.30 End


Prize Draw

Guided tour of Newmarket Equine Hospital kindly donated by Newmarket Equine Hospital 

Guided tour of Animal Health Trust kindly donated by Animal Health Trust, Newmarket

Thermatex Rug kindly donated by Thermatex 

Guided tour of The British Racing School and a Place on their One day Transporting Horses course including qualification


EGB and SERC Members £30.00, EGB Junior and Young Members £20. Associate, Pony Club and Non-Members add £10.00 to the above relevant rate. Please pay through the EGB website ad hoc payments or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit card stating clearly “ Welfare Seminar – Newmarket”. Please ensure you give the names of the people you are paying for. 

Places limited so please book asap.

Speakers Profiles

Roly Owers MRCVS

Roly joined World Horse Welfare as Chief Executive in January 2008. He already knew the charity well, having led its fundraising and communication teams from 1999 to 2003.

Roly qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1992. Having spent a short time with the Blue Cross, he joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, which included a posting as the Veterinary Officer at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. After the army, he came to work for for World Horse Welfare until 2003, when he left to take up the post of Development Director at the Perse School in Cambridge. He returned to World Horse Welfare in 2008.

Roly has ridden for much of his life, greatly enjoying eventing and team chasing. He rode for his university and says that a highlight was being part of our first Challenge Ride in Jordan, back in 2001. He is married, with three children, and lives in Cambridge.

Dr Annamaria Nagy 

Annamaria qualified in 2004 in Hungary. After two internships at Dubai Equine Hospital and the Animal Health Trust, she spent some time in an equine ambulatory practice and then completed a residency in equine diagnostic imaging at the University of Bristol. Following her residency she worked as an equine orthopaedic clinician at the AHT. Annamaria was awarded an RCVS Fellowship for her thesis on magnetic resonance imaging of the carpus and proximal metacarpal region and a PhD for her work on epidemiology of eliminations from international endurance rides. Annamaria has published over 20 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been a speaker at national and international conferences.


Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Professor Tim Parkin 

Tim Parkin is Head of the Division of Equine Clinical Sciences, Clinical Director of the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow. He is also the School of Veterinary Medicine Research Convenor.

He qualified from the University of Bristol with degrees in Zoology (1992) and Veterinary Science (1998). He immediately took up a position at the University of Liverpool and went on to complete his PhD on the epidemiology of fractures in racehorses in 2002. Since then he has worked on numerous projects with several different racing jurisdictions around the world, including the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, South America and the USA. He gained his Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Public Health in 2006 and has worked at the University of Glasgow since February 2007.

He has twice been an epidemiological consultant for Racing Victoria Jumps Race Review Committees (2005 and 2008) and is a member of the Equine Injury Database Scientific Advisory Committee in the USA.

Parkin currently serves on: the Veterinary Advisory Committee of World Horse Welfare; the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Petplan Charitable Trust; the Editorial Consultant Board of the Equine Veterinary Journal. He is an Assistant Editor for the Veterinary Record and was until 2015 the Honorary Secretary of the Executive Council of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. He was President of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine from 2012 to 2013.

Lee Clark 

A specialist in both equine and rider physiotherapy, Lee is 1 of only 8 therapists in Great Britain certified by Kinesio UK to teach Kinesiotaping techniques to other professionals, and in 2013 became 1 of only 3 Certified Equine Kinesio Instructors in the world.

Dr David Marlin 

David Marlin studied physiology and computing at Stirling University in Scotland (UK) and obtained his PhD from Loughborough University (the leading sports University in the UK)  He studied the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training at the world famous Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK. He then worked for 3 years in Newmarket as equine exercise physiologist for racehorse trainer Luca Cumani  In 1991 he returned to work at the Animal Health Trust and undertook a programme of study into the effects of road and air transport on horses. From 1993–1996 he undertook studies on thermoregulation and transport of horses in the build-up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in conjunction with the FEI. He was also involved in advising The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), the Hong Kong Jockey Club, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the FEI on air-conditioning and cooling for horses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.   From 1990 until 2005 David held the position of Senior Scientist and Head of Physiology at the Animal Health Trust.

His main areas of professional interest are exercise physiology, nutrition, fitness, training, performance, thermoregulation, competition strategy, transport and respiratory disease.

He has worked as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994 and was a member of the World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group chaired by John McEwen when it was created in 2006. He was also trainer for the British Endurance Team when they won the Silver Medal at the Endurance World Championships in Compiegne (France) in 2000 and has consulted for many endurance teams and stables in the Middle East. 

David’s recent projects have included a review of the effects of temperature on horses during transport for the British Government, an investigation of welfare in Endurance racing for the FEI, development of testing methods for equine protective leg boots, scientific study of the training methods of Monty Roberts and investigations into factors associated with elite equine performance.

Tom Eaton Evans BVetMed MRCVS

Tom qualified in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He then spent a two year internship with the referrals team before moving across to join the ambulatory side of the practice. 
Whilst maintaining an interest in racehorse work, Tom has become increasingly involved with the endurance discipline and is a 4* FEI Endurance Veterinary Treatment Official, a role which takes him to competitions around the country. He is also a 2* FEI Endurance Official Veterinarian, team vet for the British Young Riders Endurance team and advises the EnduranceGB Welfare Committee.
Tom is also actively involved with the international movement of horses, advising shipping agencies, providing veterinary training to flying grooms and frequently accompanying horses on flights.


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