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11 December,2019

Insights from Legends: Top class speakers lined up for the 2020 International Eventing Forum

If you plan to compete to win in 2020, or coach riders of any level to competitive success, the International Eventing Forum is a must attend for you. 

Taking place at Hartpury Equine, Gloucester on Monday 3rd February, IEF20 brings together some of the world’s greatest riders, coaches and trainers to discuss and share ideas and insights about how to progress and perform, with the central component of success – Horsemanship – being the theme for the day.  

From Eventing and Racing to Dressage and Barrel Racing, the line-up of speakers at IEF20 is extraordinary and another world class educator – William Micklem – has just been added to the panel. 

Micklem’s range of accolades in the equestrian world are impressive and far-ranging – he’s bred and ‘found’ countless world class event horses, he’s a sought-after coach and presenter and he’s also the inventor of the world-renowned Micklem bridle. William will join Gillian Carlisle from the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in Lancashire for an insightful morning demonstration of the process of taking a horse off the track and a discussion of the associated challenges that may be faced. 

Attendees can look forward to a full day packed from start to finish with exceptional insights into riding and training horses for success. Headlining the 2020 Forum are none other than eventing legend Andrew Nicholson and top class show jumper turned Grand National winning jockey Robbie Power. Nicholson headlined a sell-out International Eventing Forum in 2015 and these two equestrian legends will come together this time for a demonstration and discussion on the development of “Horsemanship” when jumping cross country, show jumping and in racing.

Always keen to inject thought, insight and a questioning approach to convention, the IEF team bring ‘World Record Barrel Racer’ Nicole Aichele together with Dressage supremo Adam Kemp. While barrel racing and dressage may not seem an obvious fit, both require exceptional balance, responsiveness and precision and these two masters in their class will exchange ideas – from dressage to barrel racing and vice versa.

Rounding off the speaker line up will be Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Michael Eames and Martial Arts expert Gary Spence, who will discuss that very pertinent ‘topic’ that we all need to know – but hope we won’t need too often – how to fall in a safer way.

Whether you’re planning your BE80 debut, aiming for 5* success, or coach riders that plan to achieve either, the 2020 International Eventing Forum will give you the tools you need to take you to the next level. 

The 2020 International Eventing Forum takes place at Hartpury Equine, Gloucester on Monday 3rd February.  Tickets are just £50 if purchased in advance (or £45 if purchased before the end of December), so book today to avoid disappointment! It is not to be missed. 

For more information:; Follow IEF on Twitter at and on Facebook at or call Hartpury on 01452 700283. Tickets can be purchased through the Hartpury website at 


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