The Horseracing Industry Conference 2019

Theme: Informing the debate
Tuesday 5 February 2019, 09:30-16:30 
University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG

The University of Liverpool in partnership with the Racing Foundation.

Full programme available to view here

Keynote speakers 

- Professor Ian McHale, University of Liverpool

- Dr Madeleine Campbell, Royal Veterinary College University of London

- Martin Fewell, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, British Horseracing Authority

Bringing together expertise from sector leaders and researchers from higher education, join us for the second annual Horseracing Industry Conference to learn how the application of cutting-edge research can help the UK horseracing industry thrive:

- Inform decision-making
- Address key issues
- Identify and exploit opportunities
- Develop robust strategy

Discussion will cover Strategy, Staffing, and Equine and Human Welfare with contributions from educators and researchers from the University of Liverpool. Brand new research will be presented by students of the University’s Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA (THIMBA) which prepares students for senior management and leadership roles.

Join us to network with colleagues from the sector and higher education. The conference is ideal if you work as a decision-maker and influencer in the horseracing industry.
Delivered by the University of Liverpool in partnership with the Racing Foundation.

Speakers include: 

People Stream

Will McConn, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

An exploration of the relationship between workplace practices and mental health within the horse racing industry.

Simone Sear, Director of Welfare, Racing Welfare and MBA Graduate

Occupational Stressors for Racecourse Trainers in Great Britain and their Impact on Health and Wellbeing.

David Letts, MBA Graduate

Sexuality in British Horseracing; a study into prevalence and attitudes.

Equine Stream

David Sykes, British Horseracing Authority, Director of Equine Health and Welfare 

Fast, accurate, higher quality; how British racing’s investment in veterinary data will open the door to even better equine welfare outcomes. With the wonderful care already given to our race-horses, it’s often difficult to see where improvement can from. But the BHA’s exciting vision to harness all the available medical and veterinary data could be the answer as well as providing clear evidence to build public and political trust in racing. From training-yard to retirement, the opportunities are enormous.

Gillian Carlisle, CEO, British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre and MBA Graduate

An international perspective on retirement, retraining and rehoming of thoroughbreds.

Amanda Piggot BHA, Veterinary Adviser

Adolescent fluorescence; Two years after the University of Exeter started work on a project to see how different the world looks to horses, this session will provide an update on the trials and details of the science behind it.

Attendance to the conference is £50. All proceeds will be donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

Register here


Eleanor Quinn
T: 0151 795 7419

What I enjoyed most was gaining an understanding of the research the MBA graduates are undertaking for the industry. Their research is so valuable and it is good that the industry is able to make use of this.

- Delegate, Horseracing Industry Conference 2018