Full Profiles of our plenary speakers for EWEN and the Research to Industry Event will be added in due course
Dr Andrew Hemmings – EWEN
Dr Hemmings has worked at the Royal Agricultural University for just under 20 years, where he leads an academic department that specialises in equine management and science. His principal research topic area is horse behaviour and welfare, with a focus on the brain and how this complex organ controls behavioural output. Andrew is passionate about making neuroscience accessible to a broader audience, and this remit takes him to all corners of the UK where he gives talks and seminars to horse owners and trainers. These generally focus on the many ways in which scientific findings can be used to improve horse welfare whilst optimising performance. As part of his PhD work, Dr Hemmings studied the brain-basis of stereotypic behaviours, with a focus on cognitive differences observed in crib-biters and weavers. This remains a key focus of his current research while also applying neurophysiology to the gut-brain axis.
Prof Pat Harris MA PhD DipECVCN VetMB MRCVS – EWEN
After qualifying from Cambridge, Pat completed her PhD at the AHT into the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome. She joined the WALTHAM Petcare Science institute in 1995 and is responsible for their equine research conducted in collaboration with experts at institutes and universities globally. This provides the science behind the SPILLERSTM, BUCKEYETM Nutrition and WINERGYTM brands. Pat is a European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical and Comparative Nutrition, a RCVS recognised specialist in veterinary clinical nutrition (equine) and a BEVA Past-President. She is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters with recent emphasis on obesity, laminitis and senior horse nutrition.
Prof Stephanie Valberg – EWEN and Research to Industry
Stephanie Valberg is the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University. USA. She received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a Ph.D. in equine exercise physiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She is a board certified in internal medicine and equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Valberg’s research and clinical practice centers on neuromuscular diseases in horses with a special focus on genetic diseases of skeletal muscle and their nutritional management. Dr. Valberg was inducted into the Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2012 and presented the 2012 Milne lecture at AAEP. She has received several awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis in 2019, CL Davis Foundation Journal Award Veterinary Pathology 2016, British Equine Veterinary Association Clinical Award 2014, University of Minnesota’s Postdoctoral Mentor 2013, MVMA outstanding faculty award 2013, and the 2001 and 2010 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence.
Ruth Bishop – Research to Industry
Senior Equine Nutritionist, Premier Nutrition & BETA Feed Committee Member
A graduate of the University of Nottingham and University College Dublin, Ruth has been able to use her animal science training throughout her career as a commercial nutritionist, specialising in equine.
Starting out as a Nutrition Chemist for the then UK Government Agricultural Development & Advisory Service (ADAS), she then moved to Dalgety Agriculture as Technical Development Manager for their speciality businesses: Spillers Horse Feeds, Spratt’s working dog and game feeds, and Top Flight pigeon feeds. As a member of the Spillers management team, she was part of the management buyout of Spillers from Dalgety, in the role of Technical Director, a role she continued in when the business was sold to Mars incorporated, leaving in 2012. After a brief return to consulting, Ruth joined Premier Nutrition in 2016 responsible for their equine division.
As a result, Ruth has a unique breadth of experience in the equine nutrition industry, working with large and small manufacturers and brand holders across the forage, compound feed, premix and supplement sectors.
She is the author of the Horse Nutrition Bible, wrote the Dr Ruth Nutrition column in Horse and Hound for several years, and has authored chapters in key equine reference texts on quality, feed safety and regulatory perspectives for the equine nutrition industry. More recently, alongside Professor Pat Harris, Ruth provides independent nutrition support to British Equestrian’s Scientific Advisory Group.
Ruth is also a long-standing member of the BETA Feed committee, working on behalf of the industry on matters affecting the feed industry including technical challenges, regulatory changes and the development of industry codes of practice and feed assurance most notably the BETA NOPS® code for the management of prohibited substances in feed, and the BETA assurance mark for equines prone to gastric ulcers.
Dr Simon Daniels – Research to Industry
Simon is a senior lecturer at the Royal Agricultural University specalising in equid gut health. Simon has been involved with horses for the past 30 years, he has an undergraduate degree in Equine/Animal Science and a PhD in equid gut health. Simon has spent some time in industry, working for a feed manufacturer as part of the nutrition team. He was also involved in a knowledge transfer partnership between the University of Liverpool and an industry partner in designing, building a running a parasitology laboratory. Simon’s key research interests are aspects of gut health which include both nutrition and parasitiology, and all things that end in ‘omics!
Warren Lamperd – Research to Industry
Warren is Aussie through-and-through, but has been in the UK since 1996 – arriving as a rider for World and Olympic champion, Sir Mark Todd and then bringing his young horse Bootlegger up and settling in the UK.
Warren has competed in high level dressage, show jumping and eventing on a worldwide scale: Throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia; jumping at the Australian Showjumping Championships and various World Cup Shows before coming to the UK.
Warren is a British Equestrian Federation UKCC Level 4 coach for British Showjumping and UKCC level 3 British Eventing Warren has a Masters Degree in Coaching Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Sports Coaching and a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Science.