Two of Writtle University College’s equine staff attended the World Horse Welfare annual conference and met HRH The Princess Royal.
The University College works closely with the international charity and a number of its rescue horses have been rehabilitated here. Writtle’s Caroline Flanagan and Jaime Finch also recently travelled to the National University of Lesotho in Africa with World Horse Welfare to give advice about equine welfare. As a result, they were invited to the charity’s conference, ‘Invisible Horses of the Future’, which was held at the Royal Geographic Society in London.
HRH The Princess Royal, who is World Horse Welfare’s President, was the opening speaker at the event and talked about the relevance of a practical approach to improving horse welfare. Caroline and Jaime were invited to meet with her in a break in the conference.
The other conference speakers included the star of TV’s Dragon’s Den Deborah Meaden, Veterinary Professor Brian Perry OBE, digital marketer and entrepreneur Sam Tolhurst, and animal welfare scientist and ethologist Michael Appleby OBE.
Among the attendees were international event rider Sir Mark Todd, Chinese event rider Alex Hua Tian, Director of Badminton Horse Trials Hugh Thomas, Sky Sports presenter Suzanne Dando, and DJ and equestrian Sara Cox.