The idea of founding a society devoted to Equitation Science had first been raised during discussions at the Havemeyer Foundation Workshop on Horse Behavior and Welfare in Iceland in 2002. The following year, a satellite meeting on horse welfare was held at the International Society for Applied Ethology Congress in Italy. In 2004, the first workshop, solely devoted to Equitation Science was held at the Veterinary School of the University of Edinburgh.
As a direct result of the growing interest in Equitation Science, the 1st symposium was launched at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) in 2005, where 8 peer-reviewed scientific papers were presented. The 2nd Equitation Science symposium (2006) was hosted by the Veterinary Faculty of Milano (Italy) with 16 peer-reviewed papers, 11 posters and practical demonstrations held at the Stable Rosenthal (Carpiano).
In August 2007, the 3rd symposium took place at Michigan State University, USA. This was a historic event for ISES as the Society was founded and the first general meeting held. The Symposia were then transformed to conferences.
The 4th conference, ISES Dublin 2008, took place at the Royal Dublin Society in the heart of Dublin city (Ireland), attracting 100 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts.
The following 5th conference at Sydney University in Australia tackled some highly topical issues including the sustainability of horse sports and the concept of ethical equitation, including contributions from 200 delegates representing 15 countries.
The 8th ISES conference hosted by the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Scotland took place in the 2012 Olympic year in the UK and marked the tenth anniversary since Equitation Science was first recognised as a field of study.
The University of Delaware hosted the 9th ISES conference where delegates explored 'Embracing Science to Enhance Equine Welfare and Horse–Human Interactions'.
The 10th ISES conference examined 'Equine Stress, Learning and Training' and was hosted in Denmark in 2014 by Aarhus University.
The University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC, Canada, hosted the 11th ISES conference: 'Ethical Equitation for All Equestrian Disciplines – Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges'.
The French National Riding School in Saumur, France, was the host of the 12th ISES conference: 'Understanding Horses to Improve Training and Performance'.
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Visit the ISES YouTube channel to view some of the presentations and practical demonstration videos from previous conferences.