End of an era for International Eventing Forum

After 17 years of world-class education, this year’s International Eventing Forum was the last running of the event organisers have confirmed.

Since the inaugural date in 2004, the International Eventing Forum has grown into a ‘must attend’ pre-season fixture for both Eventing coaches and riders. Taking place on the first Monday in February each year, initially at Addington Manor and organised by John Bowen, Jean Mitchell MBE and Karen McKeown, the event moved to Hartpury Equine College in 2006. The aim was to bring speakers of the highest caliber, from Olympic Gold Medalists, to the trainers of Olympic Gold Medalists, together with ‘demo’ riders of varying levels of experience and horses of all shapes, sizes and abilities.

The International Eventing Forum was the brainchild of a group of experienced equestrian professionals, passionate about the sport of eventing. Eric Smiley – Olympian, FBHS and world-renowned coach – has been the creative force behind the forum since its move to Hartpury and it was his exceptional vision, enviable knowledge and immense passion for learning that made the Forum into one of the most well-respected training fixtures on the calendar

Eric commented: “The IEF has started a trend which appears to be growing, as many societies are now organising their own Forums and of course we take this as a form of flattery. The 2020 Forum was a truly memorable day, with a full house and inspirational speakers. Many people are saying “it just gets better each year.’ However, in keeping with the principle ‘quit when on top’, the committee has decided that this year will be the last. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the presenters, riders and helpers for making the IEF such a wonderful success over the years.”

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