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ISES Hartpury Conference - 10-12 August 2022

ISES Hartpury 2022 Succeed with Science: Performance, Practice and Positive Partnerships will take place from 10-12 August 2022, covering topics around the human-horse relationship through the application of objective research.

About ISES

The mission of ISES (International Society for Equitation Science) is to promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice which will ultimately improve the welfare of horses in their associations with humans. The conference theme is Succeed with Science: performance, practice and positive wellbeing

*Abstract deadline extension to 12pm 30th May 2022* 

Learn more about submitting abstracts in the accordion block below.

The key objectives of ISES are:

  • to encourage and support basic and applied research into the training and welfare of horses;
  • to provide an international forum in which scientists can communicate and discuss the results of the above research. This can be achieved by organising scientific meetings and by encouraging scientific publications;
  • to encourage links between applied animal behaviour science, veterinary science, psychology and other disciplines. This can be realised by encouraging presentations, discussions, publications and by maintaining contacts with appropriate scientific societies;
  • to encourage and support the teaching of Equitation Science in research and academic institutions, especially veterinary schools, departments of animal science and animal production, agricultural colleges and departments concerned with laboratory, companion or captive animals;
  • to provide a pool of expertise to national governments, international bodies, industry and to those equine welfare organisations which deal with problems involving equine behaviour, training and welfare;
  • to encourage, where appropriate, the assimilation of scientific knowledge so as to facilitate its use in relation to practical problems concerning the way horses are trained, managed, housed and cared for.

Click here to view the provisional timetable for ISES Hartpury 2022 Succeed with Science: Performance, Practice & Positive Partnerships.


Performance: Dr Andrew Hemmings & Linda Greening will ask us to take a trip Inside the horse’s mind and take a head first approach to equine management and training, while Dr David Marlin and Prof Tim Parkin will explore relationships between equine performance and welfare,  by examining how we can define and measure performance, and the role science can play to enhance health and welfare, not just competitive success

Practice: Dr Marc Pierard will showcase how learning theory can be applied in the ridden horse, while Christopher Bartle FBHS will discuss his personal philosophy for training horse and rider partnerships, alongside Prof Lars Roepstroff and Dr Russell Mackechnie-Guire who will consider how rider performance and horse and rider asymmetries can influence training and performance, and affect quality of life for the ridden horse.

Positive Partnerships: the horse human relationship is the foundation of positive partnerships and we will consider that partnership from both the horse and the human perspective with Dr Natalie Waran, and consider how this knowledge can  underpin and promote ethical equitation practices and positive relationships with Dr Hayley Randle and Dr Jane Williams.

Panels: Each day we will also host a live panel, providing an opportunity for contemporary issues to be discussed across our keynote speakers joined by leading equitation science researchers and industry practitioners, with audience interaction encouraged. Areas planned include equine quality of life, rider responsibility and how we can use science to generate evidence informed equitation.

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Early Bird Registration – Available until 10 June

Registration - 11 June - 31 July

Late Registration - 1 August - 14 August

ISES 2022 Succeed with Science: performance, practice and positive partnerships

*Abstract deadline extension to 12pm 30th May 2022*

In response to numerous requests and appreciating that this is a particularly demanding time of year for many people, we are happy to announce that the abstract submission deadline for Hartpury ISES 2022 is being extended to 12pm (BST) on Monday 30th May 2022. Thank you of course to all those who have already submitted abstracts to the review process, and we look forward to receiving more submissions, however please note that the deadline of 30th May 2022 is a hard deadline and no other extension of this date will be possible.

Since the ISES 2022 conference is taking to a hybrid model for 2022, uniting delegates from across the world to discuss and share developments in equine performance, practice and positive partnerships, this is an excellent opportunity to present your research to the widest range of delegates. The conference will run across 3 days from the 10th to the 12th August 2022 at Hartpury University and College. 

Abstracts related to the conference themes: performance, practice and positive partnerships, as well as ‘the other 23 hours’ are welcomed. For abstract submission details and information about the conference please click here. If you have any questions regarding abstract submission or the conference in general, please email


Click here to download the ISES Abstract Guidelines

Click here to download the Abstract Submission Form


Return Abstract Submission Forms by email to

ISES 2022 Scientific Committee

Lorna Cameron  | Hayley Randle | Jane Williams



Connect with your customers, industry and researchers at the ISES Hartpury 2022 Succeed with Science Conference, which will include a mix of over 40 events across the Hartpury campus.

Click here to download the 2022 Sponsorship Brochure.

Click here to download and read our 2022 Sponsorship information letter, outlining further details of our packages.

If you're interested in sponsorship packages, click here to download the sponsorship enquiry form or email


Click here to book onsite accommodation. Single rooms are £48 per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Here's a handy list of nearby accommodation, as well as the distance from Hartpury. Note, external accommodation should be booked direct with the hotel as Hartpury has no affiliation with any external provider.

Premier Inn Gloucester (Longford) hotel – 3.3 miles away

Holiday Inn Gloucester – 5.6 miles away

Hatherley Manor Hotel and Spa – 4.3 miles away

The New Inn Hotel – 3.9 miles away

Hotel IBIS Gloucester – 8 miles away

Hartpury has an abundance of accessible parking available for disabled visitors. Accessible toilets can be found in all areas of the University and College campus and are clearly marked.

If you need any assistance please contact us:

We offer an excellent selection of bar and catering facilities on site. These include:

Hartpury Arena Restaurant: Enjoy a panoramic view of the action taking place in the Hartpury Arena and International Arena while enjoying a hot breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Costa Coffee: Sip a frothy cappuccino or latte from one of the nation’s favourite coffee brands in a trendy, laid back setting on campus, just a short walk from the Equine Centre within Red and Blacks.

Legends Bar: Ponder the trials and tribulations of your day with a refreshing alcoholic or soft drink at Hartpury’s favourite watering hole. Catch up on the latest sport shown on one of the lounge TVs, play table tennis or enjoy the hospitality at one of the bar’s legendary riders parties.

Graze: Located on the main university and college campus, this large restaurant provides many reasonably-priced food options for every taste. Graze also sells a number of essential items during the summer including shower gel and toothpaste.

Getting to Hartpury

Hartpury is located four miles north of Gloucester and is in easy travelling distance from Cheltenham, Bristol, and Birmingham.


If you are flying to the UK for the conference, Birmingham International Airport, Bristol Airport, London Heathrow and London Gatwick provide easy access to the UK as well as further transport options to get to Hartpury.

From Birmingham International Airport by Train– If looking to take the train, the Birmingham airport shuttle will take you to Birmingham New Street train station where you can get a number of trains to Gloucester train station. The average journey time between Birmingham International and Gloucester is approximately 2 hours 25 minutes depending on train times. You can find out further information including train times here.

From Birmingham International Airport by Bus - There is no direct bus from Birmingham Airport to Gloucester Bus Depot. However, there are services departing from Birmingham Airport and arriving at Gloucester via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 56m and you can find out more including times here

From Bristol Airport by Train – There is an airport bus that will take you to Bristol Temple Mead train station. From there you can get direct trains to Gloucester train station. The average journey time when traveling by train to Gloucester from Bristol Temple Meads is 50 minutes. You can find out further information including train times here

From Bristol Airport by Bus – There are a number of bus services to Gloucester. You can find out times here.   The average journey length when traveling by bus from Bristol Airport to Gloucester is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes depending on traffic.

From Heathrow/Gatwick Airport by Train - The average journey time between Heathrow Airport and Gloucester is approximately 3 hours 46 minutes. The average journey time between Gloucester and Gatwick Airport is approximately 4 hours 20 minutes. You can book your train ticket and find out more about train times here.

From Heathrow/Gatwick Airport by Bus - The average journey time between Heathrow Airport and Gloucester is approximately 3 hours 10 minutes. The average journey time between Gatwick Airport and Gloucester is approximately 4 hours 20 minutes. You can book your bus ticket and find out more about bus times here.

From Gloucester by Taxi- From Gloucester (bus station/train station) a taxi should cost you approximately £10

Andy Cars - +44 (0) 1452 523000

Alternatively Click here to book a taxi.

Once you arrive on campus you will be directed to the main car park. For directions on the campus please see this map.

Travelling by car

Hartpury is on the A417, four miles north of Gloucester.

From the M5 by Car - Leave at Junction 11 and follow the A40 towards Gloucester. At the first roundabout, turn towards Ross-on-Wye. At the third roundabout, take the A417 towards Ledbury. After leaving Maisemore, the campus is signposted at the second turning on the left.

From the M50 by Car - Leave at Junction 2 and follow the A417 south towards Gloucester to Hartpury. Continue for approximately 10 miles. The campus is signposted to the right.

From London and the M4 by Car - Leave the M4 at Junction 15 and follow the A419 towards Cirencester. At Cirencester the A419 becomes the A417. Follow the A417 towards Gloucester and the M5. At the roundabout at the Air Balloon pub, take the first exit towards Gloucester. Take the second exit at the next roundabout. At the next roundabout take the third exit (A40) towards Ross-on-Wye. Continue on the A40, heading straight on at the next two roundabouts. At the third roundabout, take the A417 towards Ledbury. After leaving Maisemore, the campus is signposted at the second turning on the left..


If you have lost or found an item during a competition, please report to the Hartpury Arena reception. After the event, please telephone 01452 702127 to check for lost property. We retain all lost property for 4 months, after which point any unclaimed items are donated to local charity shops.