Top Equine Researchers in the World Coming to Guelph!

April 15, 2019 | by Pamela Terreberry, BBRM Equine Management student

Dr. Wickens (University of Florida) gives insight to the great benefits of attending the ISES Conference with the most prestigious equine and equitation researchers in the world!

Do you like horses? How about scientific research? Then the 15th annual International Equitation Science Conference is the place for you! It will be held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on August 19th – 21st, 2019 and will feature some of the best equine researchers from around the world.

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Dr. Wickens at the University of Florida

Equitation science is a unique and relatively new field of study, and the annual conference brings the opportunity for researchers to stay up-to-date on the methods, technology, and knowledge used by equitation scientists. Equine researcher, Dr. Carissa Wickens, gives us insight as to what the Conference has to offer: networking, sharing of information, and inspiration.

Dr. Wickens is an Assistant Professor and State Extension Horse Specialist at theUniversity of Florida, having conducted research related to equine behavior, welfare, nutrition, and management. She was introduced to the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) when she attended the 2007 Conference as a graduate student, and has now served the ISES Council as Honorary Secretary from 2013-2018 and even co-hosted the 2013 Conference at the University of Delaware. She currently works with her graduate students studying the relationship between horse behavior and management, with a special interest in equine stereotypies.

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From left to right: Ellen Rankins, MS., Carissa Wickens, PhD, Angie Adkin, PhD, and Sarah White, PhD. Dr Wickens’ Master’s student Ellen Rankins presented her work on the difficulty of equine temperament assessment in equine assisted activities and therapies during the ISES 2018 Rome conference and is now pursuing her PhD degree in Equine Sciences at Rutgers University.

Dr. Wickens says she greatly values the networking opportunity the Conference provides, getting to hear firsthand accounts of other’s research findings, and what technology or techniques were effective and can be applied to other settings and experiments. With presenters and prestigious keynote speakers at the Conference [see the lineup of speakers here], Dr. Wickens encourages equitation researchers, practitioners, coaches, trainers and horse enthusiasts to come to the Conference refresh your knowledge, relate it to your own understandings, get new ideas, and be inspired.



Registration is now open for the 15th annual ISES conference. Don’t miss the early bird deadline of June 1 for conference registration. For all the details and links to registration and accommodations, visit the Equitation Science website or the Horse Portal.


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