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Championing Soundness: Unlocking Lessons from Elite Sport

15 Dec 2023 11:00 - 17:00

London International Horse Show - ExCeL London,
E16 1XL

course type
CPD hours
6 CPD hours
course level
Established level

About the course

Innovation happens at the elite level of every sport and the trickle-down effect means that new techniques and equipment are, in time, often adopted at the grassroots.

This course is designed to accelerate that trickle-down effect by inviting elite team members to explain how they work together to optimise equine performance at the highest level.

As we’re all aware, most unsoundness is a multi-site problem; it's rare to find a standalone suspensory, TMT, fetlock, or coffin joint pathology. Diagnosing the causes of the problems is the first challenge; finding a way to address all the conditions, is the critical and equally challenging second step, and getting this right frequently needs a team approach.

This course will focus on two ‘hot’ areas; discussing how they are managed:

In the morning, Ben Benson, Master Farrier, a veteran of Olympic support teams and the BEF’s World Class Programme, will join performance horse vet Sam Cutts, who breeds and produces her own eventers, and Annabelle Galt, a veterinary physiotherapist, clinical educator, and event rider, to discuss their team approach to multilimbed lameness cases.

After lunch, physiotherapist to the British Teams for Dressage, Showjumping and Eventing, Rachel Greetham, and Master Saddler Mark Fisher, who works on the BEF’s World Class Programme will join renowned researcher, sport horse clinician and fellow BEF team member, Rachel Murray, to discuss how they manage back pain in top equine athletes.

This course will be based on discussion, debate, and delegate engagement, rather than lectures. It will aim to highlight the benefits of a collaborative approach to cases and seek to demonstrate how cutting-edge management can be applied at all levels of horse sport.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will...
1. Have increased awareness of different ways to approach common problems.
2. Be able to discuss pros and cons of different approaches with clients.
3. Be able to formulate a variety of different treatment/management pathways and understand the impact of the plan on the rest of the horse.

Course leaders

Course Organiser: Sarah Gasper BVM&S CertEP MRCVS
Ben Benson AWCF Master Farrier ATF
Sam Cutts MA, VetMB, MRCVS
Mark Fisher
Annabelle Galt MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, NAVP, RAMP
Rachel Greetham BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP, HPC, Category A member ACPAT.
Rachel Murray MA, VetMB, MS, PhD, Dipl.ECVS, Dipl.ACVS, MRCVS

Course prices

Member: £245

Non member: £490

RAMP member: £245

ACPAT member: £245


If you are a RAMP/ACPAT member and would like to book please contact

Discount available for International Arena performances

The London International Horse Show are kindly offering a discount on selected performances at the show for those that book this course. A 25% discount will be available on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th price tickets for the Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon performances and a 20% discount will be available on the Thursday evening performance.

You can find out more about the performances here.

Terms and conditions

  • If you book a place on a BEVA CPD course and are unable to attend due to any Covid-19 related issue you will receive a credit for the amount you paid. This credit can be used for any BEVA CPD and will be valid for a year from the date of issue. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course.
  • If BEVA are required to cancel or postpone a course for any reason, you can opt to receive a full refund or receive a credit for a future BEVA CPD course (valid for a year from the date of issue).
  • A full refund will be made, less a 10% administration charge, if cancellation is more than 6 weeks before the start of the course
  • A refund cannot be guaranteed if cancellation is less than 6 weeks before the start of the course. A refund will be made if BEVA can resell the place, less a 20% administration charge. 
  • Booked places can be transferred to another person free of charge. If the transferee is not a BEVA member they will be liable for the difference between the member and non-member rate.
  • All delegates must have appropriate liability and professional indemnity insurance. 
  • Delegates must bring appropriate safety wear (coveralls, hard hats, boots etc) to courses involving practical sessions.
  • BEVA may pass contact details of delegates to the organisers or sponsors of the course unless the delegate has specified otherwise.
  • All delegates self-certify that they are a qualified veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse and qualified to undertake the procedures being taught. Where the delegate is in training for such a qualification BEVA must be made aware of their training status at the time of booking.

By registering for this event, you accept the above terms and conditions.