The early bird deadline for the 2019 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference is fast approaching! The 2019 ISES conference is being held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada from August 19-21. With the theme “Bringing Science to the Stable” the conference will focus on mankind’s history with horses, what we have learned about horse-human interactions, and how we can continue to improve our relationships with these amazing animals.

Register by June 1 to receive a discount in your registration fees.

All information about the conference is available on the Equitation Science website and The Horse Portal. Check for updates on the program, registration information, hotel accommodations, transportation options, and local attractions.

Follow the ISES2019 blog for detailed information on speakers, exhibitors, demos and more.

In line with the ISES mission, this conference will promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice to improve the welfare of horses in their associations with humans.

An engaging lineup of high caliber speakers will be led by the Clever Hans Speaker Dr Jonaki Bhattachararyya (Ethnoecologist and Senior Researcher, Firelight Group) presenting a Canadian perspective with a focus on the cultural relationship between wild horses and indigenous peoples. Keynote speakers include Dr Sandra Olsen (Curator-in-Charge, Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, University of Kansas) presenting a world perspective on our social evolution with horses, Dr Camie Heleski (Senior Lecturer, University of Kentucky) covering current Equitation Science trends and discoveries, and Dr Nic de Brauwere (Head of Welfare, Rehabilitation and Education, Redwings Horse Sanctuary) giving an overview of how behaviour change into the future can improve equine welfare.

A practical day, preceding the conference, Sunday August 18th, will give delegates an opportunity to try their hand at large animal rescue when Rusti, a 600-pound horse mannequin, may find himself in trouble.

Dr Katrina Merkies (Associate Professor, University of Guelph) and Dr Cordelie DuBois will present the Canadian Codes of Practice and welfare assessment techniques. Business entrepreneurs of sophisticated technology to measure biophysical aspects of ridden and handled horses will showcase their products.

As well as the early bird discount, please note that ISES members will also receive a discount on registration for the 2019 conference. For more information on becoming a member, visit the ISES website.

Sign up today for the 2019 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference!