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2022 EDUCATORS

Dr Michael Robinson

Horse health / Care

Michael Robinson has a lifetime in the horse industry. Michael left school at 15yo to follow his dream to become a jockey. Weight prevented a career in the saddle but Michael continued to work as a stablehand / studgroom for the next six years whilst studying part time.

He was accepted into the veterinary science program at the University of Sydney in 1980 and later also obtained his PhD from the University of Sydney. Upon graduating, Michael worked at the world renowned sports/performance horse practice P.E. Sykes & Partners (now Randwick Equine Centre). During his time at the Randwick Equine Centre, Michael was responsible for the veterinary care of some of the best racehorses, standardbreds and eventing horses of that era. Michael was the first veterinarian to use ultrasound to diagnose tendon, ligament and joint problems in the Southern Hemisphere. He was also instrumental in introducing the first bone scanner (nuclear scintigraphy) unit in Australasia.

Michael has worked as an equine veterinarian in China, Dubai, Qatar and Spain and as an official treating veterinarian at the Asian Games. In China he was Head of the Veterinary Department at the Beijing Jockey Club and responsible for the health and welfare of over 3500 horses. He was also head regulatory veterinarian at the Jockey Club. In 2012, Michael left veterinary science to pursue a long time passion for training racehorses. Entering into a training partnership that achieved top 10 status in the highly competitive Sydney Trainers’ Premiership.

In 2016, Michael joined the Australian-based international equine pharmaceutical company Randlab as its Global Technical Director/Veterinarian. Randlab has facilitated gastroscopies on over 7500 horses and has assembled the largest collection of data on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome that has been gathered. His current job allows Michael to travel extensively both within Australasia and around the world and meet horse experts of all disciplines

Visit Dr Michael Robinson at the following sessions

Details

Friday November 11th
11:45 am to 12:30 pm
Godolphin Lifetime Care Theatrette

Management of gastric ulcers in horses

Gastric ulcers are a major problem in all types of horses affecting 95% racehorses, 93% endurance horses, 87% standardbreds, 60% English Sports horses, 40% Western Sports horses and 11% of pleasure/leisure horses.

As well as decreased competition performance, gastric ulcers cause behavioural changes, weight loss, poor appetite, poor coat, intermittent colic, diarrhoea, “girthiness”, etc. Diagnosis, treatment and prevention programs for gastric ulcers are well described, with a combination of husbandry practices, nutraceuticals and veterinary medicines. This presentation will NOT BE ADVERTORIAL and will cover diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ulcers using evidence-based medicine.

Details

Thursday November 10th
2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Godolphin Lifetime Care Theatrette

Management of joint problems in horses

Lameness is the most common cause of wastage in the competitive horse industries.

Joint problems such as traumatic/inflammatory joint disease, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, OCD, etc would be the single most common cause of lameness. In this presentation, we will briefly touch on the diagnosis of joint problems before progressing to the treatment and management of common joint conditions. This will include both physical and medical therapies. A comprehensive review of available joint therapies for both treatment and prevention will be discussed.

This presentation will NOT BE ADVERTORIAL and will cover all the above topics using evidence-based medicine and best practice.

Training

Adam Sutton

TOPICS

  • Establishing body control & an understanding of your aids required from ground to saddle
  • Developing a cool, calm & relaxed mindset for horse & rider
  • Behavioural Feature with Adam Sutton
  • Dressage exercises and training
  • Dressage training exercises

Training

Adele Edwards

TOPICS

  • Barrel Racing Basics
  • Common Barrel Racing problems

Training

Allysse Smith

TOPICS

  • Show Horse prep & ring etiquette for led classes
  • Show Horse prep and ring etiquette for Led Classes

Horse health / Care

Amanda Edwards

TOPICS

  • Horse First Aid
  • Horse Wounds – Myths busted
  • Horse First Aid – a hands on workshop

Training

Amanda Lewer

TOPICS

  • Improving quality of pace and rider’s use of aids
  • Building the horses strength while improving suppleness

Training

Amie Power

TOPICS

  • Horses for courses
  • Introducing kids to horses

Lifestyle

Ann-Maree Lourey

TOPICS

  • Psyched for success: the winning way
  • Psyched for success: Believe you can

Horse health / Care

Anna Minogue

TOPICS

  • The role of anatomy and dentistry in bit fitting
  • Bridles & Bits: Anatomy for bit and bridle fitting

Training

Annette Willson

TOPICS

  • Managing back pain and the use of Redlight Physiotherapy
  • Building a Top-line in your horse using weights

Horse health / Care

Antoinette Foster

TOPICS

  • Feed Room & Pantry Detox
  • Natural Pain Relief

Training

Bruce O’Dell

TOPICS

  • Become a better horseman
  • Behavioural Feature with Bruce O’Dell

Horse health / Care

Camilla Whishaw

TOPICS

  • Gut health in the horse: the important roles of the gut & promoting good gut health
  • The role of supplements: are they necessary? What to choose?

Horse health / Care

Carol Layton

TOPICS

  • Feeding the performance horse
  • Feeding for preventing ‘Tying Up’

Horse health / Care

Carole Herder

TOPICS

  • 8 Most critical horse care concerns & how to alleviate them
  • 8 Most critical horse care concerns & how to alleviate them

Training

Dan Steers

TOPICS

  • The Pathway to Liberty
  • Body control under saddle
  • The Art of Horsemanship
  • Double Dan Horsemanship Show

Horse health / Care

David Leigh

TOPICS

  • The functional equine distal limb
  • Navicular Disease

Horse health / Care

David Nash

TOPICS

  • Should my horse quit sugar? Dymystifying the sugar and carb craze

Lifestyle

Despina Mitrakas

TOPICS

  • Increase your customers through digital marketing
  • Promote your equestrian business on social media

Training

Dr Angela McLeod

TOPICS

  • Equine Biomechanics

Horse health / Care

Dr Ian Bidstrup

TOPICS

  • Sacroiliac Trouble
  • Back, Shoulder & Hip strain in horses

Horse health / Care

Dr John Walker

TOPICS

  • Ask the Vet – Free consult opportunity

Horse health / Care

Dr Lizzie McCready

TOPICS

  • Equine Emergency Response Workshop
  • Equine Emergency Response Workshop

Horse health / Care

Dr Melanie Quick

TOPICS

  • Solving & preventing problems with your horse
  • Training difficult and young horses

Horse health / Care

Dr Peter Huntington

TOPICS

  • Digestive Health is the key to good health

Horse health / Care

Dr Raquel Butler

TOPICS

  • Injury rehabilitation: The Golden Path
  • Scars – A cute dimple of a deeper problem?
  • Scars – A cute dimple or a deeper problem

Training

Dr Shelley Appleton

TOPICS

  • Teaching people how to train horses
  • Strategies for building talent in Equestrian Sports

Horse health / Care

Dr. Ben Sykes

TOPICS

  • Gastric Ulcers in Horses – What’s new and what you need to know
  • Reducing Gastric Ulcer risk in Sport Horses

Training

Emma Maxwell (UK)

TOPICS

  • The versatile Arabian

Training

Georgia Kolovos

TOPICS

  • Obstacle training for partnership & competition
  • Obstacle training for partnership & competition

Training

Guy McLean

TOPICS

  • Inspire to Educate
  • Behavioural Feature with Guy McLean
  • Skills of the Australian Stockmen & how they may help your horsemanship goals
  • Advancing the young horse. Time to go to work
  • Lasting Impressions

Training

Hannah Pikkat

TOPICS

  • Hannah Pikkat and It’s Crunch Time

Training

Hayley Hinton

Lifestyle

Helen Fletcher

TOPICS

  • Connections: The resilient and adaptable rider

Training

Jane Hemingway-Mohr

TOPICS

  • What is Equine Assisted Learning? A look at how horses help humans become better people
  • What is Equine Assisted Learning? A look at how horses help humans become better people

Horse health / Care

Jeremy Ford

TOPICS

  • 6 Steps to successful hoof care
  • Hands on anatomy of the horse’s hoof

Lifestyle

Jess Morrison

TOPICS

  • Building body awareness in the saddle – optimising your position
  • Core stability training – building stronger partnerships

Horse health / Care

Jessica Blackwell

TOPICS

  • Understanding the equine back
  • Pony Pilates and Horse Yoga
  • Supporting the Equine back

Training

Kathleen Kindler

TOPICS

  • Pony Club Coaching Techniques

Training

Ken Faulkner

TOPICS

  • Building communication skills and understanding
  • Behavioural Feature with Ken Faulkner

Training

Kim Dyer

TOPICS

  • Liberty Connection
  • Bridless riding

Training

Lara Poynton

TOPICS

  • Cues into Aids
  • In hand, two-rein, bridle work
Horse educator Larissa Bilston talks about nutrition

Horse health / Care

Larissa Bilston

TOPICS

  • A happy hind gut equals a happy horse
  • Feeding for coat colour, shine and healthy skin and hooves

Training

Lauren Woodbridge

TOPICS

  • Preparing your child for horses
  • Preparing your horse for the human world

Training

Linda Shore

TOPICS

  • Training with the garrocha for horse and rider
  • Dressage exercises for Obstacle phase training

Training

Mark Langley

TOPICS

  • Reducing brace & anxiety
  • How to have a willing horse

Horse health / Care

Matt Rannstrom

TOPICS

  • Cushings, Founder, Laminitis and other metabolic disorders from a hoof care perspective
  • Hoof strength and awareness

Lifestyle

Melinda Macaulay

TOPICS

  • Exercises to improve your riding
  • Mobility for mature riders

Training

Michelle O’Neill

TOPICS

  • Finding the perfect equine partner
  • Taking it to the trail

Horse health / Care

Nathan Marshall

TOPICS

  • Seedy Toe – getting rid of it for good!

Lifestyle

Paul Davenport

TOPICS

  • Do you know what to do to protect your business?
  • Why you might be sued and what will help you if you are?

Horse health / Care

Paula Jeffrey

TOPICS

  • Saddlefitting the Asymmetric Horse
  • Saddlefitting the Performance Horse

Training

Peter Storr

TOPICS

  • Dressage exercises and training
  • Dressage training exercises

Training

Phil Webb

TOPICS

  • Intoducing your horse to the sport of Cutting
  • Cutting Horse education
  • Introducing your horse to Cutting -starting out

Lifestyle

Racing Victoria

TOPICS

  • Here for the Horses

Horse health / Care

Rebecca Ham

TOPICS

  • Feeding the Off The Track horse

Horse health / Care

Rhonda Petschel

TOPICS

  • Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming: how our members support the horses & owners in their community
  • Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome: how our members support the horses and owners in their community

Training

Sabine Schut-Kery

TOPICS

  • Dressage training – Suppleness exercises
  • Dressage training – Improvement of the horse’s gaits
  • Dressage training – Self carriage and balance

Training

Sandi Simons

TOPICS

  • My life as a nervous rider
  • I’m just a nervous Mum that rides & proud of it

Training

Scott Keach & James Paterson-Robinson

TOPICS

  • Jumping exercises to build confidence
  • Jumping Education

Training

Skye Liikanen

TOPICS

  • Long Reining – Where to begin
  • Is your horse ready to ride?

Training

Stacey Rusic

TOPICS

  • Side Saddle through the ages & into modern day
  • The Art of riding Side Saddle

Training

Steph Lancefield

TOPICS

  • Race Horse to Ranch Horse

Horse health / Care

Sue Martin

TOPICS

  • Treatment plans for illness & long term health
  • Herbal medicine & how it’s used

Training

Tanja Mitton

TOPICS

  • Overcoming nerves by learning how to relax
  • Rider Position

Lifestyle

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia – Fast Track Program

TOPICS

  • Turning your passion for horses into a career

Lifestyle

Todd Cunningham

TOPICS

  • Arena construction & restoration
  • Arena construction & restoration

Training

Tori Jeffress

TOPICS

  • Classical dressage and bridleless

Horse health / Care

Tracy Whiter

TOPICS

  • Hemp Hype and Horses

Training

Victoria Police Mounted Branch

TOPICS

  • Training Police horses

Training

Warren Backhouse

TOPICS

  • Reining manoeuvres

Training

Warwick Schiller

TOPICS

  • Relationship before horsemanship – the incredible benefits of connection in training
  • Methods or Principles?

Lifestyle

Yvette Frahn

TOPICS

  • Drawing horse to capture real form and movement – Stage 1
  • Drawing horses to capture real form & movement – Stage 2 Adding Colour

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