Go ‘back to the future’: International Eventing Forum 2016

  • Horse & Hound will be bringing you live updates from the International Eventing Forum at Hartpury on 1 February, including our first trial with live streaming service periscope, so follow using the widget below or @horseandhound on twitter.

    This year’s International Eventing Forum at Hartpury College, Glos, took place on Monday 1 February and the theme was “Back to the future”.

    After an introduction by Eric Smiley, FEI ground jury member and former British team member Angela Tucker gave a demonstration entitled “What doesn’t change?” with Olympic medallists Pippa Funnell and Tina Cook riding.

    Horse & Hound trialed its first live stream via Periscope for this session and it was such a success that we went on to use it during Lucinda Green’s session in the afternoon. Horse & Hound eventing edior Pippa Roome live tweeted the other sessions throughout the rest of the day (see widget below) so if you couldn’t be at Hartpury on the day, you can still get a great flavour of the sessions.

    The first session was followed by a discussion on the use and effect of studs led by farrier Andrew Mahon and vet John Killingbeck. Renowned US trainer Jimmy Wofford the took the micorophone for the final 45 minutes before lunch.

    After the break, David Kearney, a coach and mentor to professional golfers, eaded a talk about “The helpful coach”.

    Last up was six-time Badminton winner Lucinda Green, (pictured top) whose session was called “Forward to the past” and focused on jump training.

    About the International Eventing Froum

    The International Eventing Forum was started in 2004 and now happens annually in January or February at Hartpury College, Glos. The forum is organised by FEI judge and event organiser Jean Mitchell MBE, trainer and former Irish championship rider Eric Smiley and his wife Sue, secretary Dora Beacom and Jenny Doran, who is responsible for marketing.

    The forum has a theme each year, with the day’s talks and demonstrations all linked by a common thread. Top riders, coaches and course-designers are invited to speak, with leading competitors as well as less experienced jockeys among the demo riders.

    Tickets cost £40-55, with the lower prices reserved for groups, students and those who book early.

    Read more about the forum

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