RDA UK International Conference

Exploring the Power of Therapy and Competition

RDA International Conference, Exploring the Power of Therapy and Competition, Hartpury College, Gloucester, UK, 10-13 July 2017, £400

Register for the RDA International Conference using the online form here

RDA (UK) is proud to be hosting an International Conference in July 2017 to enable delegates from around the world to listen, discuss and watch how it is possible to empower disabled riders, drivers and vaulters to reach their full potential.

Our speakers will share their enthusiasm and expertise through lectures, discussions and practical demonstrations at the internationally acclaimed Equine Centre, Hartpury College (www.hartpury.ac.uk).
Delegates will enjoy a full daily programme of speakers and demonstrations and also have time to network and meet new friends during the evening and enjoy the College’s facilities including a Gala Dinner with guest speaker on the last evening. The cost also includes all accommodation (in student en-suite rooms) for 3 nights. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus mid-morning/afternoon drinks are included and there is a café and bar.

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Our Speakers

Dr Libby McGugan, Medicine Consultant, NHS

Libby McGugan is a doctor, writer and musician. She grew up in Airdrie and studied medicine at Glasgow University. An NHS emergency medicine consultant for nine years, she has experience in air retrieval, field hospital medicine, medical education and major incident planning. She is now researching the impact of intention on recovery, and outlined the concept in last year’s Glasgow TEDx talks. Her particular areas of interest are around the developments in neuroscience, molecular biology and physics and how these relate to both patient and medical practitioner experience. She is developing this research with Strathclyde University.

David Hamer, Lead Coordinator for ‘Excel’

David started his career via the British Horse Society exam route and is now one of their Chief Assessors, having competed in all disciplines before concentrating on dressage. David has extensive experience as a dressage trainer and judge and in athlete talent identification and development. He also has a background in further and higher education, lecturing on equine studies. David trained with the Cadre Noir in Saumur, France and has also gained valuable experience with top trainers in the UK, Germany and Holland and has managed a number of successful competition and training yards.

David was appointed as part of the World Class Programme in 2003 and since that time has created a world leading talent development network that identifies and supports para-equestrian dressage riders, with graduates of the programme medalling in Beijing 2008, London 2012 & Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He is also Lead Coordinator for the BEF Sport England funded Excel Talent Programme and is British Dressage’s Para Director.

Sue Adams-Wheeler, RDA Fellow, Senior Coach and Chairman of RDA Coaching Committee

In addition to her lifelong experience coaching and riding, Sue regularly travels abroad teaching and lecturing on equine movement and the theory of learning. As a senior coach at RDA Sue has learned a great deal about human and equine anatomy and movement and often lectures to RDA physiotherapists.


Hartpury is easily accessible from Birmingham, Bristol and London Airports. Good train and bus services are available to Gloucester from all these cities. For trains: www.nationalrail.co.uk For buses: www.nationalexpress.com


Cotswolds experience

For those who wish to see a little of the Cotswold countryside we are offering an afternoon circular tour of local beauty spots and a cream tea at the end of the Conference. This will cost £25. The trip will return to Hartpury in the evening and a night’s accommodation is available, at an extra cost of £36. Please complete the relevant section of the application form.
www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk www.cotswolds.com

Register for the RDA International Conference using the online form here


(Closing date 1 May 2017)
If you have any questions, please email Alice Hanson on: conference@rda.org.uk.


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