Conference: Horses, Healthcare & Science: Connected by Horsepower!


On the 24th of August 2019 the Organizing Committee of the Longines FEI European Championships Dressage, Jumping and Para-Dressage teams up with the prestigious International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) organizing an international conference about the world of Equine Assisted Interventions with various prominent key note speakers.

What we know, what we do, and how we approach patients and horses in the world of Healthcare

"While a few meters away from our conference hall top athletes (on two and four legs) show what horses and humans can accomplish together in sports, we zoom into a world where horses show extraordinary other talents (e.g.) to assist us together with professionals in interventions for vulnerable people, such as e.g. children with cerebral palsy, children with autism, patients/clients with psychiatric or psychological problems," says Fred Rozendaal, general director of the European Championships. "Our key note speakers will present high level showcases, outcome of scientific research, international developments in healthcare systems, and zoom into the necessary conditions that need to be met if we wish to carefully, effectively and horse-friendly, engage in this world."

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Marie-José Enders-Slegers (NL), Professor in Anthrozoology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Open University in Heerlen, President of IAHAIO as well as Chair of the Institute for Anthrozoology will take care of the opening speech at the conference. She will introduce the subject, zoom in to the backgrounds, reveal recent scientific research and the most important international developments.

Dr. Machteld van Dierendonck (NL), Professor of Ethology and Animal welfare at Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary, University of Utrecht (NL), behaviour & welfare specialist in the field of (equine) behaviour and welfare (assessments) for the last 15 -20 years. She will speak about Equine Welfare and Wellbeing in Equine Assisted Interventions: safeguarding animal and human wellbeing, what challenges to overcome?

Nina Ekholm Fry, MSSc., CCTP (USA) Director of Equine Programs at University of Denver. Nina holds faculty positions in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and the Graduate School of Social Work and leads the postgraduate Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate program. She also teaches Equine Behavior at Yavapai College. Nina is the former Director of Equine Assisted Mental Health at Prescott College and served as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and was Counselor Education until 2014.

She will talk about Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans in the U.S.A.: the healing power of horses in the treatment of Post-traumatic stress. An overview of research and report of experiences of EAT with veterans with PTSD.

In the nextcoming weeks more international keynote speakers will be announced. Registrations opens today via Capacity is limited.

Practical information:

Location : The Boathouse Rotterdam

Date : Saturday August, 24th

Time : 09:30 – 15:00 hrs cocktails afterwards

Tickets : Business € 180,-

Private€ 150,-

Groups € 140,- (p.p. starting at 10 persons)


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