2013 ISES Conference Early Bird Registration Extended

Early bird registration for the 2013 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference has been extended until May 31.

This year's ISES conference, with the theme of “Embracing Science to Enhance Equine Welfare and Horse-Human Interactions,” will be hosted by the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania and will take place July 18-20. Delegates will have to opportunity to hear more than 30 oral presentations and view 25 posters presented by academics, scientists, and researchers from 25 different institutions located in 13 countries.

Keynote topics and presenters will include:

  • Natalie Waran, BSc (Hons), PhD, and Hayley Randle, PhD—Advancing evidence based practice & learning in equitation
  • Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR, MRCVS—Research on the Rider-Saddle-Horse Interface
  • Jan Ladewig, DVM, PhD—What about the other 23 hours? How does what we do during the other hours when we are not training impact behavior and welfare?
  • Andrew McLean, PhD, and Paul McGreevy, BVSc, MRCVS, PhD, MACVSc—Arousal, Affective State, and Attachment

Attendees at this year’s ISES conference will also receive the most advanced science and practical information addressing the themes of:

  • Sports psychology aspects of the horse-human interaction;
  • Getting the message out about equitation science and learning theory (outreach and education methods);
  • How is the horse’s welfare impacted by what happens when not in training;
  • Validating measurement tools in equitation science;
  • Enhancing the welfare of the competition horse;
  • Safety aspects of horse-human interaction; and
  • Horse behavior and learning theory.

The ISES conference Practical Day offers delegates:

  • A presentation by Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB on the development of the equid ethogram and a guided tour of the semi-feral pony herd at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. She will also give a presentation and demonstrations focused on the evaluation of equine behavior problems with potential physical root causes; and
  • A practical demonstration by Angelo Telatin showing how riding and handling horses can be enhanced through the application of learning theory in training horses. The presentation will include clipping the horse, the administering of injections, and jumping a horse bridleless in order to demonstrate stimulus control.

ISES has also announced that in conjunction with attending the conference, delegates will also have the opportunity to register their attendance at the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA) conference. The NAEAA is conducting a mini-conference on July 17 in advance of the welcoming reception to the commencement of the ISES conference. NAEAA conference topics include:

  • Who are our students? A look at data from incoming and graduating student surveys conducted through NAEAA, followed by moderated discussion on what this data means to the equine discipline in general and equitation sciences specifically;
  • Determining excellence in equine academic offerings, with specific focus on equitation offerings within the academy; and
  • How equitation science is offered, integrated, and assessed in academic curricula.

Further information and registrations for the NAEAA conference can be viewed at the NAEAA website.

The ISES early bird registration has been extended until May 31. Become a member of ISES to take advantage of the reduced rate for registration to the conference. For registration and further information about the conference and adjoining events, please visit www.equitationscience.com/upcoming.

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