Presidents

President, Dr David Marlin

David Marlin studied physiology and computing at Stirling University in Scotland (UK) from 1978 to 1981. David then trained with dressage rider and coach Judy Harvey (Fellow of the British Horse Society (FBHS) and Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) International dressage judge; Judy Harvey is a successful rider and a well‐respected trainer hosting clinics all over the world. He obtained his PhD from Loughborough University (the leading sports University in the UK) in 1989 after 4 years studying the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training at the world-famous Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK. During this time he made some of the first studies in the world on horses running on high-speed treadmills.

He then worked for 3 years in Newmarket as an equine exercise physiologist for racehorse trainer Luca Cumani where Jockey Frankie Dettori has just joined the yard as an apprentice. In the second year that David worked with Luca Cumani he had his first English Derby winner with Khayasi, who broke the track record at Epsom. In 1991 he returned to work at the Animal Health Trust and undertook a programme of study into the effects of road and air transport on horses.

From 1993–1996 he undertook studies on thermoregulation and transport of horses in the build-up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in conjunction with the FEI. He was also involved in advising The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), the Hong Kong Jockey Club, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the FEI on air-conditioning and cooling for horses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

From 1990 until 2005 David held the position of Senior Scientist and Head of Physiology at the Animal Health Trust.

His main areas of professional interest are exercise physiology, nutrition, fitness, training, performance, thermoregulation, competition strategy, transport and respiratory disease.

He has worked as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994 and was a member of the World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group chaired by John McEwen when it was created in 2006. He was also trainer for the British Endurance Team when they won the Silver Medal at the Endurance World Championships in Compiegne (France) in 2000 and has consulted for many endurance teams and stables in the Middle East. He has recently been appointed Performance Advisor to the British Endurance Team.

David’s recent projects have included a review of the effects of temperature on horses during transport for the British Government, an investigation of welfare in Endurance racing for the FEI, development of testing methods for equine protective leg boots, scientific study of the training methods of Monty Roberts and investigations into factors associated with elite equine performance. He is currently working on projects related to welfare in endurance, headshaking, nutrition and personality types in equestrian sports.

He held the academic position of Professor in Physiology at Oklahoma State University (2008-2018). He is the author of over 200 scientific papers and book chapters. David’s other affiliations and positions include past Chair of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) and editor of Comparative Exercise Physiology. He is also the author of Equine Exercise Physiology (Blackwell) and author of All Systems Go (a book about getting horses fit).

David is the founder of Science Supplements which was established in 2003. The company has developed a unique range of highly efficacious products and sources ingredients from all over the world for their manufacturing operation in the UK. Science Supplements currently export to the USA, Europe and the Middle East and also have a manufacturing base in South Africa.

Vice President, Lesley Barwise-Munro BVM&S BSc CertEP MRCVS

Vice President of NEWCLesley Barwise-Munro graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RDSVS) in 1986. Since then Lesley has worked as an equine practitioner with the Aln Veterinary Group, now part of the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group. Lesley is Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Newcastle Racecourse and also carries out local point to point duties. Her main areas of clinical expertise are lameness, respiratory disease, dentistry and how they influence performance. As time allows, Lesley enjoys hunting and has two daughters.

In 1992 Lesley completed her RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice and in 1998 joined BEVA Council and was elected as President in 2005. During her time on Council she worked with the Government and the major animal welfare organisations developing the recent Animal Welfare Act 2006. This work was recognised with the presentation of The Blue Cross Equine Welfare Award by HRH the Princess Royal at BEVA Congress in 2006.

Lesley has driven forward the development of the Equine Health and Welfare Strategy for Great Britain as well as playing a key role in developing the Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium, and is currently driving forward the changes to the law on the licensing of livery yards.

In September 2011 Lesley opened a major new clinic in Northumberland, the Alnorthumbria group’s clinic which offers full hospitalisation and surgical facilities on site for all sectors of the equine industry across the North East.

Vice-President, Mary King

Mary King is a British Olympic equestrian sportswoman who has represented Great Britain at six Olympics from 1992 to 2012, winning two silver and one bronze medal in the team eventing. She has won two gold and one silver medal in the World Equestrian Games team eventing and four team gold medals at the European Eventing Championships along with one bronze and one silver medal in the individual event. Nationally, she was the British Open Champion in 1990, 1991 & 1996 and won the CCI four star Badminton Horse Trials in 1992 & 2000, and the CCI four star Burghley Horse Trials in 1996.


Mary went to her first Badminton in 1985, finishing in seventh place, and finally won the event in 1992 with her horse, King William. She later won the event again in 2000 with Star Appeal.

Mary has won six team gold medals at World Equestrian Games and European Championships. She has been British Champion four times, more than anyone to date. King has also represented Britain in six Olympic Games: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. She won bronze with the 2008 Olympic team with Call Again Cavalier and silver with the 2012 Olympic eventing team with Imperial Cavalier.