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Rural Affairs Minister to address 2003 National Equine Forum

The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP Minister for Rural Affairs DEFRA will join a prestigious programme of speakers at the annual National Equine Forum to be held on Thursday 27th March 2003.

Renowned for its thought-provoking perspectives on a wide range of veterinary and general equestrian matters, the National Equine Forum is the only independent conference for the horse world in the UK. It was founded in 1993 to provide an annual opportunity for communication in both directions between the grass roots administration of the horse world and those that influence decision making in government, industry and research in relation to horses and ponies.

This year the Forum, which is supported by BETA, BEF, BHS, Dodson & Horrell, The Donkey Sanctuary, The Home of Rest for Horses, ILPH and Merial and chaired by Professor Sir Colin Spedding CBE, will include a presentation from The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP Minister for Rural Affairs DEFRA on a government overview and aspirations for the new ‘Official for the Horse’ Graham Cory; care, use and disposal of the ageing horse by Derek Knottenbelt, Head of the Large Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool; the National Equine Database by R H Graham Suggett OBE DL, Consultant Director of Breeding, BEF and future marketing and promotion strategies in the equestrian industry by Diana Rhodes, Chief Executive of Blue Zebra PR. The Forum will also include a presentation from the winner of the Eqvalan Equine Thesis of the Year and the chance for forthright discussion on a number of topical issues.

Tickets to the National Equine Forum are by invitation only – if you are one of the lucky invitees the Forum would be grateful if you could respond promptly to secure your place at this highly regarded event.

For further information contact: Pippa Francis, NEF Secretary, telephone: 01295 770400. Email :



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