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The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) is the organisation for you if you employ staff in the equestrian industry.

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Equestrian Employers 2020 is the Good Business and Good Employment focused conference

If you want practical advice and insight into running your business, so that you run a cost effective operation but also comply with employment law and health and safety, you need to attend our Equestrian Employers Conference 2020. 

With leading speakers that specialise in human resources, the law, marketing, and training, plus a fascinating account from 5* event rider, Francis Whittington, who shares his own experiences.

A equestrian bespoke barrister will talk about what happens if you do face a legal case, whether relating to employment or non compliance of the minimum wage. 

This Conference shares best practice and essential advice which is unique to the equestrian industry, on how to achieve a 'Good Employment' workplace to help you to deliver excellence.

Suitable for all that employ and manage staff in the equestrian industry, no matter what your yard size or sector. Don't miss out on this unique day. 





  • 9.30
    Arrival and Registration
    Refreshments will be available upon your arrival. 
  • 10.00
    Welcome from Tullis Matson, President of the Equestrian Employers Association
    A passionate believer in 'Good Employment' and staff reward, recognition and training, Tullis shares how he manages his team at Stallion AI Services. 
  • 10.10
    This is what ‘Good’ looks like
    Rosie Lord owns Berkshire Riding Centre and employs 15 members of staff. She shares her experience of running a busy yard, the challenges she has faced and why she believes being a Good Employer is important, and how it has benefited her business. 
  • 10.30
    Helping employers to get it right – a look at the most common reason for underpayment of the minimum wage 
    Phil Conley, from the HMRC Promoting Compliance team, provides invaluable advice on how to adhere to legislation and protect your business.
  • 10.55
    Providing staff accommodation - are you protecting yourself?
    Charles Apthorp, a leading Barrister from 5 Essex Court, shares his considerable experience in landlord and tenancy agreements and answers some of the most common FAQs regarding staff and accommodation. 
  • 11.15
  • 11.30
    Future proofing your business
    A panel session with leading barrister, Victoria Von Wachter, focusing on the importance of correct employment status. Rhea Freeman from Equestrian PR discusses how to promote your business, and KBIS British Equestrian Insurance explains how the correct insurance is imperative to protect your business.
  • 12.10
    What happens when it goes wrong
    A panel session with leading event rider Francis Whittington, Victoria Von Wachter an equestrian focused barrister from 5 Essex Court Chambers and Claire King, PA to numerous leading riders.
  • 12.45
    Networking Lunch sponsored by KBIS British Equestrian Insurance
  • 13.30
    How to attract, recruit and retain excellent staff

    Chris Hewlett from Haddon Training and Caroline Carter from The Grooms List, the leading equestrian recruitment specialist, host a Q&A session on the staffing challenges with the workplace.
  • 14.15
    Times of Change: a healthy, safe and caring workplace
    Sylvia Bruce is a mental health in the workplace consultant who has great experience in dealing with the equestrian employment sector, and Clare Gabriel brings a wealth of knowledge and case studies about why your yard must be safe.
  • 14.45
    A viable, compliant and profitable business. How to balance the books.
    Mike Hallow from Hubbards Hall Livery and  Baileys Horse Feeds, host a discussion about how to keep the costs down, and the impact of the looming £10.00 per hour minimum wage.
  • 15.30
    A reflection on the day
    Chris Hewlett, Tullis Matson and Lucy Katan review the day and host a Q & A session.
  • 16.00
    Finish & optional tour of the facilities at Stallion AI Services
    Discover why the location is the leading AI stud in the UK, and see where Big Star stands.



Held at the conference facilities at the prestigious Stallion AI Services, Chapel Field Stud, Ash Lane, Whitchurch, SY13 4BP

Please contact us for a location accommodation list if required. 


Ticket prices 

Join the Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) to gain access to the discounted rate.




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