AGM & General Meeting – 2015

The NEWC AGM was held at the RSPCA Gonsal Farm, Shropshire on 14 April.   Many thanks to RSPCA for hosting this meeting, for the interesting tour of the farm prior to the meeting and the excellent refreshments and lunch provided.

Thanks must also go to the following speakers who contributed to making this day such a success:-

Kerry Taylor, Blue Cross – Equine Link Days research, Kerry gave all present an over view of the work she has been undertaking in relation to Equine Link days.  To view the supporting slides please click here.

Robyn Petrie-Ritchie – Dartmoor Pony Research – ‘Breeding management options for semi feral herds’.  To view the supporting slides please click here.

Robyn Petrie-Ritchie is a Dartmoor Hill Farmer who has recently completed a Research Masters in Biological Sciences focussing on the management of the ponies running on Dartmoor National Park. Alongside running a busy hill farm with her partner she works for the ministry of defence clearing the live firing ranges with her horse and dogs to allow the army to train. She is an accomplished horsewoman who holds a first class honours degree gained through the Equitation Science Academy at Duchy College. Robyn began training at a very early age with world renowned animal behaviourist Dr. Kiley –Worthington. She is passionate about improving welfare through improved understanding of animal behaviour. Her recent research assesses breeding control methods which could be used to aid the management of semi-feral equid herds on Dartmoor as well as other areas.

Dr Teresa Hollands, BSc(Hons) MSc(Nutrition) PhD. RNutr –Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey. Teresa’s main research interests are based around nutritional challenges that are encountered in the clinical and day to day management of equines and the impact of nutrition on the health and welfare of horses. She is interested in the practical application of science to benefit the owner and animal, and the best way to communicate on this subject. She is looking forward to ensuring that nutrition plays a strong role in the ‘One Health, One Medicine’ discipline within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey.

Click here to read a copy of the minutes of the meeting.

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HAPPA image 2The NEWC General Meeting was held on the 18th November 2015 at HAPPA, Shores Hay Farm, Blackhouse Lane, Halifax Rd, Briercliffe, Burnley, Lancashire.  Many thanks to HAPPA for hosting the meeting.

An optional tour of the farm was offered prior to the meeting.  Additional thanks for the refreshments and lunch provided via The Scullery, HAPPA’s on-site caterers.

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Thanks must also go to the following speakers who contributed to making this day such a success:-

Jackie Hickman (RSPCA) “ Neglect of the Equine Hoof”

Steven Gale (Stockton on Tees Council) – Control of Horses Act

Stewart Everett & Alex Shipp - The Equine Register Project

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Chris House (House and Jackson Veterinary Practice) had also been due to speak at the meeting in relation to farriery “A Review of Hoofcare” but due to very stormy weather the journey on the day was not achievable.

 

 

 

Click here to read a copy of the minutes of the meeting.