Lorinery Conference

Equitation – in the Riders' Hands

Cheltenham Racecourse was the popular setting for the gathering of equestrian professionals and horse enthusiasts on 6th November 2018 for the third Lorinery Conference to be hosted by the Worshipful Company of Loriners.

Titled Equitation – in the Riders’ Hands, it set out to highlight not only modern lorinery designs and the on-going research behind them, but also the important role that the rider has to play in effectively implementing them to achieve sound horsemanship.

The Worshipful Company of Loriners’ conference attracted over 200 delegates. A distinguished panel of speakers, introduced by Past Master Lady Harriet Milnes-Coates, covered a wide range of hot topics in the design, fitting and use of bits and bridles, equine anatomy, training and research.

The cooperation of riders, vets and scientists is illuminating the interface (bit, bridle and saddle) between the horse and rider. The effect of the bit for example, is not just on the horse’s mouth but is systemic and linked to gait as explained by Dr Caroline Benoist. Soundness is not just dependent on foot balance but also on body symmetry, including the anatomy of its dentition. As veterinarian Dr Jane Nixon emphasised, bitting should be seen in the context of the whole horse to achieve a balanced way of going.

The rider’s awareness of the action of bits and nosebands on the horse is key to communication and sound equitation as demonstrated in the lively presentations by Nicola Wilson, Mark Smith and Jane Holderness-Roddam.

A lively Discussion Panel followed the afternoon’s presentations with all of the speakers taking to the stage again to participate.

As the conference drew to a close, in her summing up on behalf of the Loriners’ Company, Event Organiser Liveryman Tricia Nassau-Williams quoted Mark Smith; “We are all singing the same song, even if not quite from the same song sheet” continuing that “It is so good to have so many equestrian professionals and horse enthusiasts together here today. An event such as this not only provides information but also enables valuable networking opportunities that will strengthen and support sound equitation. This has been reflected in today’s atmosphere of cooperation and progress. Thank you all for being part of this experience.”

The chosen charity was Horseback UK on behalf of which Jason Hare, an ex-Royal Marine, explained how horses had helped him to recover from life-changing injuries sustained in Afghanistan by providing him with a new challenge and importantly, one which his wife and daughters could share. He explained the extraordinary work carried out at HorseBackUKand how this is now being extended to others who have found life a challenge. Master and Loriners are two horses that have been purchased by the charity with funds provided by The Loriners’ Company.

The Loriners’ Company wish to thank Abbey England Ltd, Neue Schule Ltd, South Essex Insurance Brokers, Shires Equestrian Products and Vale Brothers Ltd. for their generous sponsorship of the event. Additionally there were 16 exhibition stands that provided a fascinating window into the lorinery and equestrian trade. The support of all of these companies as well as the help of all involved contributed greatly to the day.

All profits from the conference are being donated to HorseBackUK in addition to the event’s most successful tombola which raised over £800.

Press Coverage

The event was covered in the November issue of Horse & Hound Magazine - click here to read the article

Here is what the delegates thought:

We are BHS Accredited Approved Coaches (APC) and the day counted as CPD. What an amazing venue! All of the speakers were so interesting and have given us much to think about and discuss.

Catherine and Isabel Groves, Heddington Wick Riding School

Thank you for such a brilliant conference. The quality of the speakers and the theme of what they said – that training of horse and rider is more important than just the bit – was a breath of fresh air!

Elaine Sutcliffe, Bitting Advisor, White Rose Equestrian

A good selection of speakers to cover all the angles of bitting (training, as well as the bit) and the HorseBackUK speaker was inspirational.

Helen Taylor

Thank you so much for a really informative conference. I brought one of my liveries with me and she is now totally into researching horse anatomy and bits!

Juilie Mauchline, Livery Yard Manager, BHS (APC)

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the conference, thank you.

Karen Ambrose, Chiropractor

Terrific conference, very well done and thank you to all those involved.

Georgina Brown

And the trade….

I thought the conference was brilliant. What a super event and so well supported. We made some very good contacts too, much appreciated.

Nicky Mackenzie, South Essex Insurance Brokers

Congratulation on a very successful Conference. It was a really good day with lots of interesting delegates and some fascinating presentations. We made some good contacts with some possible new BETA members.

Claire Williams, Chief Executive, British Equestrian Trade Association

We enjoyed the conference very much.

Gillian and Shirley Higgins, Horses Inside Out