Annual Conference



Holywell Park Conference Centre
Loughborough University,
Ashby Rd, Loughborough LE11 3AJ

22nd and 23rd February 2020

Anatomy in Action


With inspiration from experts in their fields this conference focuses on
'Anatomy in Action'.

This year both days will consist of a series of inspiring indoor lectures. During the breaks you can visit our presentation stands in the Exhibition Zone, study  the posters and chat to the authors in the Scientific Poster Area and examine specimens and anatomical sculptures in our Anatomy Exhibition. 

Anatomy in Action is ideal for equestrians from all disciplines, riders, therapists, coaches, saddlery professionals, farriers, podiatrists, dentists, lecturers, students, vets, breeders, equine business owners, managers and anyone interested in the horse.


Why Attend?

Learn from the expertise of world-leading authorities

Become acquainted with the latest scientific research

Be inspired by new ideas 

Immerse yourself in your passion

Keep abreast of the latest thinking by visiting our exhibition area

Update your CPD

Network and exchange ideas with friends old and new


Return home motivated, full of enthusiasm and with knowledge to share.

Provisional Timetable


Day One

Day Two

Conference Dinner


Join us for an enjoyable evening

There will be an evening dinner on Saturday 23rd February at Burleigh Court Hotel, Loughborough University, LE11 3TD 


with after dinner speaker:


Meet us for drinks in the bar from 6.30pm
Dinner is at 7.30pm
Dress: Smart Casual.

Our Presenters

  • Dr Sue Dyson

    Dr Sue Dyson is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopaedics, with a particular interest in poor performance and subtle and complex lameness in sports horses.


    She has trained horses and competed at top national level in both eventing and Showjumping but is also an expert in diagnostic imaging, radiography, ultrasonography, scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging. 


    In 2016 Sue was inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame for her contributions to equine orthopaedic research. 


    Sue lectures internationally and has published many books and more than 250 papers in scientific journals.

  • Dr Vibeke Elbrønd

    Vibeke graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Copenhagen and has a PhD in Anatomy and Physiology. She is Associate Professor in Anatomy and Biochemistry at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Science.


    In 2008 she completed an education in Veterinary Chiropractic and since then her research field is in biomechanics / functional anatomy with focus on the functionality and integrity of fascia.

    She has also studied normalization techniques in animals using manual indirect and osteopathic based techniques.


    Besides lecturing at the University Vibeka  runs a small practice where she treats the locomotion system of dogs and horses using manual therapies such as chiropractic and fascia release as well as laser and acupuncture treatments.

  • Dr Andrew Hemmings

    Dr Andrew Hemmings is a Principal Lecturer in Equine Science and the head of department (Equine Management and Science) at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.


    His main expertise and interest are in brain function in relation to behaviour. This paves the way for a deeper insight into the functioning of other anatomical structures and their influence on performance. 

  • Dr Adrian Harrison

    Trained in biochemistry and nutrition at Newcastle University and finally a D.Phil. in physiology from Cambridge University, Dr Adrian Harrison has a broad level of expertise.


    His main research interest has been muscle, first at the level of porcine muscle development, later with isolated rat muscle contraction, and recently with clinical studies of muscle weakness in renal failure patients. Current research is focused on the use of multi-frequency bioimpedance and acoustic myography in both horses and humans alike with the aim of better understanding skeletal muscle function in health and disease.


    Dr Adrian Harrison's research also covers intestinal function and factors affecting motility, bone density and nutrient interactions as well as ancient analgesics and Etruscan studies.

  • Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson is a qualified farrier with an interest in horsemanship.


    Following his apprenticeship and having seen many recurring problems within the farriery industry, Mark set out to find the best and innovative ways to manage horses’ feet, give them the best possible experience, ensure they are comfortable and thus perform well for their owners.


    Mark often takes part in our dissection series willingly sharing his expertise and considerable knowledge. Mark is a leading campaigner in the ‘Hope for Horses’ campaign and is passionate about the welfare and well being of all horses.

  • Gillian Higgins

    Gillian Higgins, founder and principal lecturer of Horses Inside Out, is an anatomist, biomechanist lecturer, and author.

    Gillian is passionate about horses, anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse.


    In her talk she will be presenting her latest work on an observational study of equine biomechanics.

  • David Kempsell

    David Kempsell Saddler and Managing Director of First Thought Equine Ltd which basis its products on scientific research and has revolutionised the saddle industry.


    David has a fascination with ‘how things work’. Owning a show jumper who consistently had ‘saddle problems’ was the catalyst that made David look closely into saddlery and its effect on the horse’s movement. 


    Being at the forefront of the industry David is in constant demand to give presentations and lectures throughout the world. He holds regular seminars and training days in the U.K. for saddle fitters, who attend from every corner of the globe

  • Dr Seth O'Neil

    Seth O'Neil’s clinical and research interests focus around tendon disorders in particular lower limb tendinopathy and rupture.


    He is particularly interested in improving treatments and preventative strategies. After completing a PhD ‘A Biomechanical Approach to Achilles Tendinopathy management,’ which showed the importance of Soleus muscle strength in relation to tendinopathy.


    He is currently studying using world leading tendon imaging techniques to examine tendon structure in healthy and diseased tendons in order to understand tendon disease more fully. Seth works with Oakham Vets using ultrasound to detect tendon Injuries in horses and recently presented to the British Equine Veterinary Conference in 2018.

  • Richard Hepburn BVSc MS(Hons) CertEM(IntMed) DipACVIM MRCVS

    Dicky joined Willesley Equine Clinic in 2004, after completing a three year residency and Masters degree in equine internal medicine at The Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Virginia, USA. Prior to this he worked for three years in equine hospitals in the UK and NZ. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine).

    His specialty covers all types of medical cases, with specific interest in gastroenterology, neurology and intensive care. Dicky has served on the ACVIM credentials committee and is currently Chair of the ACVIM large animal specialty exam committee and co-chair of the ACVIM advanced continuing education committee.

  • Mark Atkinson

    After dinner speaker

    Starting out as a dairy farmer Mark diversified into running a  riding school and livery yard. Having been invited to help with an enactment society he soon expanded into providing trained horses for English Heritage, jousting and battle displays.


    Mark was eventually joined by his son Ben and they are now in high demand for providing horses for film and stunt work work (including Poldark,) as well as training horses to execute advanced dressage moves.


    They are also popular for providing daring displays nationwide. It takes skill, patience and  empathy  to produce such happy, well trained horses. Mark has it all.

Anatomy Exhibition

Study and get hands on with a variety of anatomical specimens, models, resources and drawings on display.

The skeletal specimens are from a variety of ponies and, with array of anatomical anomalies they demonstrate the fact that there is rarely a textbook skeleton! With extra ribs, too many or too few vertebra, growth plates, and distorted hooves there is much to be learnt!


Scientific Poster Presentation Area

Posters relating to the theme “Anatomy in Action’ will be on display for you to study.


Posters can be submitted by students, lecturers, research professionals or companies and the authors will be on hand during the breaks to answer your questions about their research.

To submit a poster for the display & to find out more information view the poster submission form.


Exhibition Zone

There will be a variety of interesting, interactive and topic related presentation stands to peruse during the registration breaks and lunch.


Interested in applying for a stand at this conference?


Conference Prices

Both Days

Saturday Only

Sunday Only

Saturday Evening Dinner

£290 + VAT = £350

£162 + VAT = £195

£162 + VAT = £195

£33 + VAT = £40

Prices include

Lunch, tea, coffee and refreshments

Certificates of participation (CPD)

Delegate pack (lecture notes and more)



Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University, Ashby Rd, Loughborough LE11 3AJ

About the Area

The Leicestershire town of Loughborough with excellent rail, road and air links is set in the heart of the East Midlands.


It has a vibrant Saturday Market and is also the home of the Bell Foundry Museum which is well worth a visit.


The nearby Charnwood Forest and Bradgate Park nearby are great centres for walking and exploring.


There is plenty to do in and around Loughborough for family who may be accompanying you to the conference.



HIO Conference Delegate
Hotel Special Offer

We have arranged a special conference delegate discount at the onsite, Burleigh Court Hotel.

Burghleigh Court (Adjacent to Conference Centre), Loughborough University, New Ashby Road, Loughborough, England, LE11 3TD United Kingdom. (The conference dinner will be held here.) 5.8 miles from East Midland Airport

To enquire about this offer please call the hotel on +44 ( 0) 1509633033 and quote:

‘Horses Inside Out Conference rooms’


Wavendon Grange, Lawn Lane

Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray

LE14 3LW