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ISES 15th Equitation Science Conference

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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Early bird conference registration pricing is available until June 1. After that date regular conference fees apply.

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ISES 15th Equitation Science Conference

Guelph, Ontario, Canada


Horse-human relationships:
Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going?

Conference Theme

Bringing Science to the Stable

Research focusing on the above topic or on how to assess equine welfare is very welcome. 


Put the dates of August 19-21, 2019 into your calendar for the 15th Annual Equitation Science Conference being held at The University of Guelph – Canada’s largest and most renowned agricultural university and one of only five veterinary colleges in Canada. Come and be fascinated by what science has uncovered about the unique horse-human connection.

Conference registration is still open. All information regarding the conference, including links to conference registration and accommodation can be found on the Horse Portal website https://thehorseportal.ca/ISES-2019/. Researchers in the field of equitation science are invited to submit an abstract of their research findings for consideration to present during the conference. Abstracts are due by April 8, 2019.

Join our line-up of thought-provoking speakers as we journey through history and into the present, supporting and challenging the way we interact with horses through scientific research.

  • Dr. Sandra Olsen (Curator-in-Charge, Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, University of Kansas) will trace how our relationship with horses began.
  • Dr. Camie Heleski (Senior Lecturer, University of Kentucky) will describe the field of Equitation Science and what we have learned about horse-human relationships.
  • Dr. Nic de Brauwere (Head of Welfare, Rehabilitation and Education, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, UK) will discuss how human behaviour change into the future can improve equine welfare.
  • Dr. Andrew McLean (Equitation Science International, Australia) will present similarities and differences in the application of learning theory across species.

The ever-popular Clever Hans talk will be hosted on Monday evening with guest speaker Dr. Jonaki Bhattacharyya, Ethnoecologist and Senior Researcher with Firelight Group. Dr. Bhattacharyya has spent time in the interior of British Columbia, observing the wild horses and their impact on the land and interactions with the indigenous peoples. She will highlight how modern research can fit into other ways of knowing and approaches to managing both wild and domestic horses.

The third day of the conference will include a short course on large animal rescue training (additional fee applies). Space in this hands-on workshop is limited, so be sure to register early. Demonstrations and seminars from equine behaviourists, technology entrepreneurs and saddle fitting experts will fill the remainder of the day.

Registered delegates can also attend two free pre-conference workshops on Sunday, August 18. Cristina Wilkins and Kate Fenner (Australia) will workshop on how to communicate scientific information to equestrian communities. Dr. Marc Pierard (Belgium) will lead a discussion in describing equine behaviours for the equine ethogram.

Check the official Guelph 2019 pages at the Horse Portal (click here) to learn more, or for updates, sneak peaks, and local information not listed here.

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ISES 15th Equitation Science Conference

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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General conference information

The 2019 International Equitation Science Conference will take place from Monday August 19th to Wednesday August 21st at the University of Guelph campus. DateTimeActivity Sunday August 18 8:00-9:00am *Large Animal…

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Registration is solely for the conference and any associated activities. Please view the Accommodation article to book accommodation.  Note: On-Campus Parking Permits must be purchased at the time of registration. Please review the Accommodation and Travel pages to determine if you will require on-campus parking

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Accommodation is available both on-campus and off-site at nearby hotels. On-Campus Accommodation Stay close to the action in residence or at one of the nearby fully-furnished townhouses. Residence rooms are…

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University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1 - click here for a Google map   BY BUS Go Bus provides bus service throughout the Toronto,…

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We are proud to be hosting the 2019 International Equitation Science Conference at the University of Guelph campus in Ontario, Canada! The city of Guelph is only a short…

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Speakers, heads and plenary leaders

Dr. Jonaki Bhattacharyya

Clever Hans Speaker - Ethnoecologist and Environmental Planner

Dr. Bhattacharyya works closely with Indigenous peoples and other communities to lead applied research on relationships between people from different cultures, wildlife, and the land in Canada. With a PhD...

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Andrew McLean

Plenary Speaker

Andrew McLean PhD is a prolific author of books and journal papers on the science and ethics of horse training leading which led to his awards for the Eureka Prize...

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Dr. Sandra Olsen

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Sandra Olsen is a renowned scientist and zoo-archaeologist who has focused much of her research on the development of horse-human relationships throughout time and the impact of equine domestication...

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Dr Camie Heleski

Plenary Speaker

Dr Camie Heleski has her Masters and PhD in Animal Science from Michigan State University. Her applied research interests revolve around equine behaviour, horse-human interactions, and working equid welfare. She...

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Dr. Nicolas de Brauwere

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Nicolas de Brauwere graduated from Onderstepoort Veterinary School in South Africa in 1991, shortly before taking the position as in-house veterinarian at the Redwings Horse Sanctuary in the...

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