An engaging & enlightening highlight of every WAHO Conference are the educational presentations scheduled throughout the General Assembly sessions. We are proud to present five special presentations featuring seven universally admired equine experts from around the globe. For more information, please refer to the details below.
Wednesday - 06 February 2019 | Opening Ceremony Presentation
From the Desert to the Lands Down Under - a brief canter through two centuries of Arabian horse breeding in Australia & New Zealand
An illustrated and interactive presentation encompassing over two centuries of Arabian horse history in Australasia, highligting the topics covered in the recently published 'Hoofprints in History - Australasia's Arabian Horses'. Discover how Australia & New Zealand evolved from equid-free nations just over two centuries ago, to two of the most important equine breeding & competition nations in the world.
Presenters: Coralie Gordon, Allan Preston & David Gillett
Friday - 08 February 2019 | Throughout the day of the General Assembly
Causes and Prevention of Injuries in Race & Endurance Horses
Guest Speaker: Dr. R. Chris Whitton | University of Melbourne
Welfare and Ethics in Horse Breeding and Horse Sports | video presentation
Guest Speaker: Dr. Madeleine Campbell | The Royal Veterinary College, UK
It All Begins With A Foal: Practical new techniques in foaling practices and foal care, from birth to weaning
Guest Speaker: Cindy Reich | California Polytechnic University, USA
When Social Media Gallops Ahead - Sport Horse Welfare and Social Licence to Operate
Guest Speaker: Julie Fiedler | University of Central Queensland
Guest Speaker Profiles
Dr. Madeline Campbell
Madeleine Campbell is the RVC's Lecturer in Human/Animal Interactions and Ethics. She was previously the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow in Veterinary Ethics. Madeleine is a European recognised Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL)), and a European and a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Reproduction (DipECAR). She is also the sole Partner at Hobgoblins Equine Reproduction Centre. Madeleine was the first Veterinary Surgeon to be awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics, and used that funding to research the ethics of assisted reproductive techniques in non-human mammals.
Julie has held the role of Executive Officer at The Horse Federation of South Australia (Horse SA), for 18 years. The wide-ranging role involves engagement of the broader horse owning organisations and community on topics including recreational trails, emergency preparedness and sustainable land management. Julie is near completion of a Masters in Communication (by research) with Central Queensland University, Appleton Institute, Adelaide. The thesis is titled ‘Sport Horse Welfare and Social Licence to Operate’. Julie has a particular interest in helping organisations which are looking at ways to manage the future sustainability of sports and activities involving horses.
David bred his first Arabian when he was 14 years old and now, nearly twenty five years later his Diamond Road Arabian Stud has produced several Australian National Champions. David is the editor of the annual Arabian Studs and Stallions publication, and he exhibits a strong focus on promoting Arabians to all horses lovers, as demonstrated by the fact that Diamond Road Arabians currently boasts the highest number of socials connections of any Arabian stud in Australia. An avid trail rider, David has never attended a WAHO confernce and is looking forward to meeting Arabian enthusiasts from around the globe.
Coralie Gordon and her husband Ken have bred over 200 Purebred and Anglo Arabian horses at The Cameo Stud on Queensland’s Darling Downs over the past 45 years. Their breeding programme for the last 25 years has focussed on the sport of endurance, in which they are still active and enthusiastic participants, using the bloodlines of their well-known stallions Chip Chase Desert Wind and Cedardell Zanzibar, with the extraordinary mares of the Crabbet Silver Family. Currently 77 Cameo-bred horses are listed on the Australian Endurance Riders Association’s Aeraspace programme, with more competing overseas. Coralie is a writer and researcher of Arabian history who has participated in 7 editions of The Arabian Horse in Australia series of books for the AHSA, as well as writing several books of her own, many booklets, and articles for Australian and overseas magazines. She was co-organizer of the WAHO Horse Parades for both the 1984 and 2000 Australian WAHO Conferences, both writing and commentating. Coralie has been both an Arabian Judge and examiner, as well as a Director of the Arabian Horse Society of Australia for 27 years, serving two terms as Chairman. In 2018 Coralie wrote the Australian component of the AHSA’s latest publication, “Hoofprints in History”.