Dust never settles on a good idea. Since the Best Horse Practices Summit wrapped up last fall, we’ve been hard at work, crafting the next innovative, annual, equine conference.
This just in!
Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, one of last year’s most popular BHPS presenters, will return from Germany.
If you’ve heard of the rollkur debate, you’ve heard of Dr. Heuschmann. The German veterinarian, rider, and author fueled the fire under the International Equestrian Federation in 2007 by releasing the now best-selling book, Tug of War: Classical versus Modern Dressage. He tours internationally and his most recent book, Collection or Contortion sold out at our trade show.
He will join Dr. Temple Grandin, the pioneer in livestock handling, and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue.
In the arena, we’re developing two extended presentations on English and Western disciplines. Selected professional riders will saddle up English one day, Western the next, to help attendees understand the horse-rider dynamics underneath the traditions and gear. As they say, ‘good horsemanship is good horsemanship, no matter the discipline.’
Registration opens April 1.
Our new website debuts March 1.
With its ingenuous blend of academic and arena presentations, the Summit helps people understand the horses’ world. It offers the horses’ perspective.
Last year’s sponsors, including Patagonia WorkWear, which outfitted 2017 Summit presenters and board members, are lining up again to support the conference.
New sponsors, including Knotty Girlz, a women-owned and operated rope company based in Valleyford, Washington, have jumped on board. Knotty Girlz will provide rope for Summit lanyards and contribute to the trade show. You can help pick the color for our Knotty Girlz lanyards by going here.
Behind the scenes, the board and steering committee have been working diligently to frame the Summit future and secure a strong foundation for moving forward.
We’re building on what we established last year, described here by a Summit attendee:
The Summit is an event where horse people from many different worlds come together, connect, and exchange ideas. It expands our horizons and our comfort zones. It makes us realize that what we have in common is so much more important than the superficial differences between our styles and traditions of horse-humanship.
See you in October!