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16th International HETI Congress of Equine Facilitated Programmes

Festina Lente, Horse Sport Ireland and the Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association (Ireland) are delighted to be hosting the 16th International HETI Congress of Equine Facilitated Programmes in Ireland in June 2018 which will feature the latest research and development information on the benefits of Equine Facilitated Programmes for businesses & clients and also how Equine Facilitated Programmes impacts on equines. The HETI 20018 Congress is a unique opportunity that brings the world together to spearhead the promotion of equine assisted activities.

This is the first time that Ireland will have hosted this worldwide congress and we feel privileged to be able to host what we expect to be a memorable experience for everybody.

This internationally renowned congress on equine education activities, therapeutic riding and equine facilitated programmes will attract over 700 delegates to the home of the world famous Dublin Horse Show, The RDS, on 25th-29th June 2018.

The proposed theme of the 16th International HETI Congress of Equine Facilitated Programmes 2018 in Ireland is ‘Striking the Balance’.

Primarily, the congress aims to explore ways to strike the balance between:

  • The challenge of providing high quality EFP’s in an environment of competing resources: where demand is greater than supply
  • The challenges of producing rigorously robust studies versus evaluative or anecdotal studies
  • The challenge of funding EFP’s: public and private funding sources
  • Segregated or mainstream settings for equine facilitated programmes: which are best and for whom
  • The provision of equine facilitated programmes and horse welfare and management considerations

The Congress offers a diverse programme of international keynote speakers, interactive practical workshops, oral and poster sessions. Keynote speakers include; William Micklem, Patricia Pendry, Martine Hausberger and Ed Bracher.  The Congress will open with a spectacular outdoor Opening Ceremony and parade of indigenous Irish horse breeds which is a first for a HETI Congress.

In addition to an expansive day time programme of sessions there will be ample opportunity for delegates to relax and network with the evening social programme. Offering everything from welcome drinks to a traditional Irish Ceili, and a particularly special one off evening in the beautiful surroundings of Festina Lente which will include a clicker performance and a BBQ, we are hoping HETI 2018 will be a memorable Congress for all who attend.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts:                       12th January 2018

End of Early Registration:                                           19 March 2018

For more information on the congress please visit the website or email

Registration is now open, click here to register your attendance!

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