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Event venue: Online
Date: 21st January 2021 - 7PM

Price: £35.00

Event description

We've all been taught what to look for in the 'ideal' horse, but what is this, and does it really matter? Does poor conformation imply a pre-disposition to injury or pathology – can it be the decider between competitive success or failure?

What is 'nature vs nurture'?

Is it possible to minimise conformation defects, how can this be achieved, and how successful might it be?

Join us on Thursday 21st January at 7pm to listen to some of the leading experts on equine conformation.


- Dr Jane Nixon – MA VETMB BSC MRCVS
- Judy Harvey – FBHS, UKCC Level 3
- Liz Bulbrook – Director of Nutrition BSc (Hons) at Baileys Horse Feeds
- Yogi Sharp – DipWCF DipHE
- Dr Gillian Tabor – ResM MSc MCSP ACPAT Cat A RAMP
- Dr Ben Chilvers – BVMS Cert EM (Int) MRCVS - Director at Priors Farm Equine


  • - All body workers
  • - Farriers
  • - Saddlers
  • - Hydrotherapists
  • - Owners
  • - Trainers


Dr Gillian Tabor

Gillian is the programme manager and lectures on the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Hartpury University; she is undertaking research, both in her own equine projects and supervising students.

Gillian is a chartered physiotherapist who has been working as an ACPAT veterinary physiotherapist for over 15 years, running her own practice. She specialises in physio for horses and riders, with the focus on treatment and rehabilitation of competition horses.

With experience in treating all types of horses, Gillian uses her physiotherapy skills, in combination with knowledge of biomechanics, to help horses. Physiotherapy integrates hands-on treatments, with electrotherapy and exercise, specifically selected to improve the horses’ posture, performance, balance and strength.

Judy Harvey

Judy is an international rider, trainer and List One Judge and is Director of International Teams for British Dressage. She is proud to have trained and mentored many students who have evolved into top riders. These include Charlotte Dujardin, Daniel Sherrif and Ruth Edge.

Judy rode successfully at International grand prix level with Richard Heley's Fitzcerraldo. This combination also had several national tiles to their credit and were nominated for the London Olympics 2012. She has qualified horses for the BD National Championships every year from 1980 to 2020. Current top ride is SP Bento an eight year old National Champion about to step up to small tour level. She was part of the BBC TV commentary team for several years and received many plaudits for her London Olympics commentary.

Judy's professional career began in Kenya re-training former racehorses to become show jumpers and eventers. This invaluable experience provided a balanced all round approach to training horses and riders. On returning to the UK she concentrated on her BHS Exams, eventing, show jumping and gradually moved towards dressage. She ran the Lee Valley Riding School in London for 10 years, appreciating the requirements and anxieties of novice riders, while still developing as a competition rider and trainer. She achieved her FBHS in 1987.

Judy has a reputation for finding bargain horses for herself and her clients and bringing them up top class competition level. She prioritises soundness and temperament in her competition horses.

Dr Jane Nixon

A consulting equine vet, Dr Jane Nixon has had a lifetime interest in horses and has owned, produced and ridden top class working hunters. She studied veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge, qualifying in 1978. She ran a sports horse practice in Buckinghamshire and has consulted since 2011. Jane has acted as a veterinary evaluator for multiple sports horse gradings over 35 years and headed the veterinary surgeon team for the BEF/BB Young Horse Evaluation, Futurity and Bridge events. She was Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Towcester racecourse and is a RCVS Riding Establishments Acts County Council Inspector since1980. She lectures widely with particular focus on the production of the young sports horse and improving standards of biosecurity. As Liveryman and member of the Worshipful Company of Farriers Craft Committee, Jane was responsible for the initial liaison, in 1994, between veterinary students and apprentice farriers, which resulted in much improved dialogue. She is Veterinary Consultant to the Society of Master Saddlers and member of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers steering group. Jane’s extensive voluntary sector work has included a BEF Director for 8 years, BEVA, BHS and Sports Horse Breeding GB. Jane is currently Chair British Horse Foundation and a Director of BHSQ.

Dr Ben Chilvers

Ben is one of the directors at Priors Farm Equine Vets based in Forest Row on the edge of Ashdown Forest. He splits his time between ambulatory first opinion work and poor performance/ lameness evaluations. Ben graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1997 and, after spending 2 years dealing with all species at the Herriot practice in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, he took up a clinical scholarship back at Glasgow University where he completed his certificate in Equine Medicine as well as getting to spend time working at the universities of Washington and Florida. He then went on to locum at a variety or specialist equine practices in the South of England before settling at Priors Farm in 2004 and becoming a director in 2008.

Yogi Sharp

Yogi qualified as a farrier in 2009 with the best NVQ in his college and, was also runner up in the county for his year. He has since taken a keen interest in the academic and scientific approach to farriery. He made the decision to downsize his business and direct it toward a veterinary and practitioner referral focused enterprise, where he puts science into practice. This came hand in hand with starting his studies toward achieving a Bsc(hons) in farriery science at Myerscough College. He also established "The Equine Documentalist" platform, to share and further his interest in research and education, by researching scientific papers and creating reader friendly articles. He also runs clinics and workshops teaching farriery and equine sciences to organisations around the world.

Liz Bulbrook

Liz graduated from Reading University in 1986 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiology, Biochemistry and Nutrition of Farm Animals. She then worked for the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS) at their Feed Evaluation Unit as a scientific officer, before moving on to specialise in equine nutrition.

Having joined Baileys Horse Feeds as an equine nutritionist, Liz is now the Nutrition and Technical Director. With over 30 years’ of experience in the horse feed industry, she enjoys the versatility and challenges that the role can bring and has seen plenty of changes and progression over the years within the industry. She enjoys applied and clinical nutrition, working for clients both in the UK and abroad, with a particular interest in the correct feeding of broodmares and young horses from foal to full grown. She is also keen to promote feeding knowledge, education and support to owners for the benefit of the welfare of the horse.

Liz is an active member of the BETA NOPS (Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances) working group set up to establish the BETA NOPS Scheme for reducing the risks of NOPS in feed and supplements.

Free time is spent riding her warmblood “Duke”, walking and trying to train her 2 Labradors!

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