In its seventh year the, Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference took place on May 3, 2017 at Hartpury College, Gloucester, to a packed auditorium.
This annual conference, aimed at higher education students, provides an opportunity to experience writing and submitting an abstract, going through the review and revisions process, through to delivering a theatre presentation to a full conference audience or producing a scientific poster to present.
Around 115 delegates attended, representing more than eleven colleges and universities from the UK, with 14 theatre presentations and over 25 poster presentations on offer covering a vast range of topics.
The standard of presentations from the students was extremely high and they were rewarded with engaging discussions from both the student delegates and the keynote speakers with whom they were able to network over coffee breaks and poster sessions.
Posters on topics, such as ‘Whether Riders would Accept Pre-Competition Weight Assessments in UK Competitions’, ‘Comparison of the Energy Intake and the Energy Requirements of a Variety of Horses’ and ‘The Effect of Common Equine Vocalisations on the Behaviour of Leisure Horses’ were displayed throughout the day.
Prizes for the best student theatre and poster presentations were awarded at the close of the conference by the conference organiser Kirsty Lesniak and Dr Helen Warren from Alltech, from conference sponsor, Alltech.
Both Alltech and University Centre Hartpury would like to offer their sincere thanks to all involved, especially the expert keynote speakers and the review team for their efforts in making this, once again, a very successful event.