Save the Date! Early Details for the Summit

On October 7-9, 2018, the Summit returns to Durango’s Strater Hotel for another exciting series of academic and arena presentations.

Dr. Temple Grandin, known worldwide for her expertise in livestock handling as well as autism issues, will deliver the Summit keynote address.

Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue and an internationally renowned presenter, will also be part of the Summit.

Dr. Temple Grandin

Grandin teaches courses on livestock behavior and other topics at Colorado State University. She also consults on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare.

She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, 60 Minutes, the Today Show, and many others. Grandin has authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design.

Grandin had this to say about the Summit:

“The Best Horse Practices Summit, with its ingenuous blend of academic and arena presentations, will help people understand the horse’s world. It offers the horse’s perspective.

“For decades, I’ve traveled the world helping humans understand animals and giving people tools and mandates for improving animals’ lives. We raised them. They deserve our respect. The Best Horse Practices Summit has the same goal and mission.”

Dr. Rebecca Gimenez

Gimenez gives training in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER ) techniques across the U.S. and internationally. Her current scientific research interests include a national survey of trailer accident causality; a study of animal physiological responses to technical rescue procedures and equipment; and improving fire prevention standards for animal facilities. Her expertise in research and development of numerous techniques has been honed by using privately owned animals that she personally trains to participate.

She has published numerous critiques, techniques and journal articles on a variety of technical subjects in large animal disaster and emergency rescue. She has authored chapters in several veterinary textbooks, contributed to numerous popular and professional publications.

BHPS Director Maddy Butcher had this to say about the developments:

“We’re thrilled to have Temple and Rebecca as early, confirmed presenters for this year’s Summit. I’ve been privileged to hear their presentations and have interviewed both of these amazing women a few times. I’m confident they will offer attendees some incredible take-home information and ah-ha moments. Can’t wait!”

Stay tuned for details on presenters, registration, and much more.

Patagonia WorkWear, which outfitted Summit presenters with ranch jackets and barn coats, returns as a generous sponsor. Read more here. 

Watch the Best Horse Practices Summit trailer here. 

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  1. Oh dang! I’m so disappointed that this event is scheduled again during the first 2 weeks of October. We are up on the mountain rounding up all our cows to bring down for winter.

    Maybe consider the last week in September sometime? I know I’m only 1 person and truly don’t expect you to change for me.

    Just know that I want to be there.

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Best of luck for a successful conference.

    • Donna, We feel your pain and thanks for the feedback! Sorry you’re having to choose between cattle work and the Summit. We’ve decided to dovetail our event with the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Durango and according to surveys, this time of year was popular. Please do check out the video presentations when they become available online later this month. Thanks again for letting us know your constraints. Happy 2018. Maddy Butcher, BHPS Director.

  2. Thank you for the invitation to come immerse myself in the leaders of our industry, and for believing in the opportunities that can be made for all of us rubbing heads together in one place.

  3. This has quickly become the “go to” conference in regards to a high quality, science based event bringing together all disciplines. The information is not high minded from esoteric studies but shown to be useable/applicable and what is best for the horse.

    I participated last year as one of the presenters and learned so much. I am returning this year as a student and member of the audience to a Summit that I can’t afford to miss.

    Dr. Steve Peters, Evidence-based Horsemanship

  4. We loved the first Summit and were definitely looking forward to the second one. After seeing who two of the presenters will be, we’re really excited! I think there will be a lot more people from GA there this year since so many people we’ve talked to say they want to come too.

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