22 Jun
24 Jun

Online Conference

Equine Cultures in Transition 2021 - Past, Present and Future Challenges

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We are pleased to invite you to the third Equine Cultures in Transition Conference - Past, Present and Future Challenges! The conference will be held from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden, in June 22-24 2021.

Questions regarding past, present and future challenges in relation to horse – human activities and interaction are in focus for the conference, with the following sub-themes:

  • Psychological, pedagogical and didactic perspectives on the relation between human and horse. The theme also includes challenges for equestrian coaching.
  • Historical, philosophical and ethical perspectives on human-horse relationships
  • Consequences for the human-horse relationships connected to the lifestyle of modern humans – for example leisure, sport, tourism, technology and media.
  • Issues related to equine assisted therapy, in relation to the human body, mind and social work
  • We will also organize open sessions for those of you who would like to address an issue outside of the sub-themes.

The conference will be an opportunity for researchers on all academic levels in the social sciences and humanities to share their research on human-horse interactions, relationships and practices.

The conference is partly financed by “Future Animals” and  by “The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science”.



The conference starts each day at 11.00 Swedish time (GMT+2), we join up all together and then work in sessions and breakout-groups during about five hours. At 16.00 (Swedish time), we summon up the day all together again.

Detailed program

Here you can find all the abstracts:
Book of Abstracts

You can access the conference through this link: https://slu-se.zoom.us/j/67143266808

You also need a passcode and all registered at the conference has got that by e-mail.

Key notes:

Interspecies relationships in horse/human tourism
Dr Kate Dashper is Reader in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University, England. Her research has covered numerous issues in relation to human-horse encounters, including interspecies relationships, communication and gender relations. Her current work focuses on horses in tourism and events, as both service workers and leisure companions. She is author of Human-animal relationships in equestrian sport and leisure (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of the forthcoming book Humans, horses and events management (CABI, 2021). 

Equestrian coaching in crisis: meeting the needs and expectations of today’s riders
Sue Halden-Brown is a former Olympic coach, having coached the British Modern Pentathlon gold-medal winning team and Australia’s youngest-ever Olympic 3-Day Eventer. Sue was extensively involved in setting up the National Coach Accreditation Scheme in Australia and wrote its foundation text. Since then her appreciation of the changing dynamics of twenty-first century equestrian sport has driven her to  develop extensive new coaching resources and a major new coaching system for the management of mistakes, both in training and in competition.
   Sue is currently the Founding President of the Australian National Equestrian Coaches Association (ANECA) which is the first body of its kind for professional equestrian coaches in Australia. Sue is also the Director of Equestrian Coach Education International, which is the world’s first hub for equestrian-specific coaching and professional development resources. 

Equine facilitated therapy  –  health promoting encounters with daring and compassion
Prof. Tobba Therkildsen Sudmann is a full professor of public health, physiotherapist and social scientist (medical sociology), Department of Health and Functioning at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and a part-time out-door riding physiotherapist. Her research focus on how people use their bodily resources to enhance their well-being and social participation, and how nature and horses can facilitate and support bodily and social change work. Publications and research are directed towards the person(s)’s agency, and towards anti-oppressive professional practice. She has a wide range of publications in English and Norwegian on nature, outdoor activities and horses for human health.

A strong mind as a vehicle for change.
Dr. Inga Wolframm’s adage to live by has always been ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, believing that our mind is the most important instrument in our quest to achieve our greatest ambitions. Inga holds a BSc in Politics and Modern History, an MSc in Human and Equine Sport Science and a PhD on Equestrian Sport psychology.
   In her previous research, she’s investigated (amongst other things), the impact of personality traits, mental attitude and the relationship between horse and rider on equestrian performance. She’s worked at the University of West of England’s Hartpury College, UK, the University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein, the Netherlands, and the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation. At present, Inga works as the Head of Fundraising at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She manages the Faculty’s charity fund Friends of VetMed, and engages individual donors and organizations who wish to support scientific research, and innovative approaches to improve animal health and welfare.