ISES, WDM Develop Code of Conduct for Horse Events

ISES, WDM Develop Code of Conduct for Horse Events

The code of conduct aims to ensure optimal horse and rider welfare and safety at events around the world.

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Collaborative efforts between the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) and dressage show sponsors World Dressage Masters (WDM) have resulted in a code of conduct that aims to ensure optimal horse and rider welfare and safety at equestrian events around the world.

Recently WDM approached ISES requesting the society develop ethical guidelines that promote and safeguard equine welfare during equestrian events. The joint initiative culminated in the publication of the "Equitation Events Code of Conduct," which is evidence-based and aligned with current principles of learning theory in equitation science.

“Working together with WDM to develop the Equitation Events Code of Conduct has been a fantastic opportunity to embed science into practice. ISES hopes this is the start of many such progressive initiatives,” said Hayley Randle, PhD, ISES honorary president.

WDM Managing Director John van de Laar added, “We sincerely hope that equestrian event organizers, officials, riders, trainers, and spectators across the world will consider adopting the Equitation Event Code of Conduct to ensure a welfare-driven, sustainable future for all horses.”

The code of conduct is available online. 

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