International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney, Australia, for the fifth Equitation Science Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial Parkland Equestrian Centre July 12-14.

The theme this year is “Ethical Equitation: A Sustainable Approach,” focusing on how horse sport and horse welfare can go hand in hand.

Some of the topics will include:

  • What is the effect of different training regimes on the physical fitness of the equine athlete?
  • Can the mere presence of a human help to calm a nervous horse?
  • How does rider position affect stride length during canter?
  • And how is the temperament of a future sport horse accurately assessed?

The Equitation Science Conference is not just for the equine eggheads of the world– everyone involved in training and caring for horses is welcome, including vets, coaches, and competitors.

The three-day conference, sponsored by the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, will feature a lively combination of keynote and academic presentations alongside practical demonstrations from some of Australia’s leading horse professionals.

The three keynote presenters are:

  • Bidda Jones, BSc, PhDa, chief scientist at RSPCA Australia
  • Professor Emeritus Bob Boakes, PhD, an authority on learning in non-human animals;
  • Professor Leo Jeffcott, MA, BVetMed, PhD, FRCVS, DVSc, VetMedDr, longstanding veterinarian to the Australian Olympic Eventing team.

For the full program and registration details see