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London | 3 November 2012

"Discover the world on horseback"

2012 Speakers

For the schedule of talks please see the  Timetable.

Mary King

Mary KingAlthough not from a horsey family, Mary King, has become one of the country's best loved and most decorated riders. She has won Badminton and Burghley as well as representing the UK at three World Championships and six Olympics including London in 2012. Mary has now been competing at the top level of eventing for 25 years, has bred a string of top event horses, raised her own family and still found time to go on the odd riding holiday.

David Foot

David FootDavid has been leading safaris throughout southern Africa for 26 years. He was born and raised in Malawi and educated in the UK. On returning to Africa he began his safari career in the Kafue National Park, Zambia before moving onto Zimbabwe and then returning to Zambia to lead walking safaris in the Luangwa Valley. In 1989 he returned to Malawi and set up his own safari business. In 1993 he expanded into horse safaris on the remote Nyika Plateau and in 1997 was granted the exclusive tourism concession for the Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. Four years ago he moved with his family to Botswana and he and his wife Robyn now run Ride Botswana focussing on adventurous safaris on horseback, by canoe and on foot. David is a passionate birdwatcher but his latest passion is riding through the vast Makgadikgadi Pans in the heart of Botswana.

Steinunn Guðbjörnsdóttir

SteinunnSteinunn is the marketing manager at Íshestar horseback riding tours in Iceland. She bought her first horse when she was 16 years old and has been riding ever since. The Icelandic horse is famous around the world for its tölt. A wonderfully smooth gait that is wonderfully smooth yet can be as fast as a gallop. The fhistory of the Icelandic Horse can be traced right back to the settlement of the country in the late 9th century. Viking settlers brought with them their best horses and the breed has remained pure for over a thousand years. The Icelandic Horse is also the most colorful breed in the world, with over 40 different colors and over 100 variations.

Peter Dockree

Peter DockreePeter Dockree is testiment to the statement that it is never too late to start riding. He started riding at the age of 35, but had not ridden for about 20 years when he made his first visit to Colorado Cattle Company aged 69 years young.

He has now visited Colorado Cattle Company 8 times over the last 6 years. On several trips he has added a few days and toured Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and California. Last year he hired a Crow Indian and rode across the Little Big Horn river and around the Custer Battle ground for about two hours.

He will be talking about what happens at Colorado Cattle Company and why he keeps going back.

Richard Waygood MBE

Richard WaygoodRichard has ridden from an early age. At 16 he realised an ambition to join the Household Cavalry (The Life Guards). After years of hard work and dedication he was commissioned from the ranks to hold the highly prestigious and respected post of Riding Master for the Household Cavalry. In 2002 he realised another life -long ambition to ride around Badminton not only did he finish but he was in the money as well. He was the first serving officer of the British Army to compete at Badminton for 23 years. Richard has competed a further three times at Badminton. Richard also rode and competed on a private basis for Her Majesty, The Queen for a period of 15 years. In 2009 he was awarded an M.B.E. for outstanding services to both the military and the civilian equestrian world.

Richard manages and trains the 2 Star British Eventing Team and is the Chef d Equipe for the British Dressage Team. 2011 was a record breaking year as both of Richard’s Teams won their respective European Championships for the first time in the sports history. Richard led Great Britain’s Dressage Team at the Olympic where they won not only the team gold but the individual gold and individual bronze. This has truly been a historical year!

Cor Carelsen

Cor CarelsenCor is a dedicated conservationist and guide who, with his wife Louise, owns and operates Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris in the Tuli Block of southeastern Botswana. LVHS operates on Mashatu Game Reserve, a vast area of unfenced wilderness, home to huge herds of elephant as well as lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, a wide variety of plains game and over 350 species of birds. LVHS offers traditional mobile safaris, where guests experience exceptional sightings of game as well as the joy of riding well-schooled, responsive horses. Cor is a native South African who has worked as Project Manager for a charitable conservation foundation in Ecuador, as well as Estate Manager for a racehorse stud and training farm in England, before he and Louise moved to Botswana in 2003.

Anna Wirth

Anna WirthHippologist Anna Wirth represents family owned and run guest ranch Rocking Z, in Montana. She will provide an introduction to Natural Horsemanship, outlining the benefits she has experienced in using this approach to train good ranch horses.
The student of Parelli Natural Horsemanship started her first colt at the age of twelve and has gone on to train over 50 ranch horses using Pat Parreli’s philosophy. As well as outlining the history and development of natural horsemanship into the contemporary era, this talk will also draw on Evidence- Based Horsemanship techniques including the works of Dr Stephen Peters and Martin Black.

Telane Greyling

Telane GreylingTelane Greyling (PhD Zoology) has been studying the Wild Horses in the Namib Desert for many years. She is the co-author of a recently published book on the wild horses who live in the south-western area of the Namib Desert. Their origins steeped in mystery, the wild horses have over the years captured imaginations and touched hearts. These resilient animals have survived in the desert for close to a century and have become one of the main tourist attractions in southern Namibia.

The book provides answers to the numerous questions frequently asked about the behaviour of the wild horses, from how often they drink to the size of their family groups, enlightening the reader about their existence away from the world of domestication.

Her book "The Wild horses in the Namib desert: an equine biography" is an honest account of the Namib horses through the last century, including the harsh reality of drought.