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Dr. Sue Dyson 

Keynote Speaker

Qualifying from the University of Cambridge in 1980, Dr Dyson was featured as one of only three in the Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky, as a renowned expert in her field.

In recent years (2018), along with the AHT, Dr Dyson championed a three-part series aimed at owners, trainers, riders and vets to recognise pain and lameness in horses.

Dr Dyson is an expert in equine orthopaedics, with a focus on lameness and poor performance in sports horses. She lectures internationally and is known both for her clinical work and extensive research having published over 350 peer reviewed papers on lameness and diagnostic imaging in scientific journals.

Recently announcing her retirement from full-time work, Dr Dyson has shown she is not ready to quite put the reins down yet as she will continue to act as a part-time independent clinical consultant and to be involved in education.


Anne-Marie Svedsen Aylott

Cand.Med.Vet, MRCVS Leadership coach and trainer, NLP Master Practitioner

Anne-Marie has a background as a veterinary surgeon, owning her own small animal practice in Denmark for many years and then going on to a career within sales, marketing and training.

As a horse owner she has been focusing on widening her equine knowledge for years, attending lectures and training in a wide range of subjects.

Anne-Marie is an admin for the Facebook group Equine PPID (Cushings), which has been supporting horse owners and professionals dealing with horses with PPID for over 10 years.

The FB page focuses on evidence based management and medication and any questions that the admin team cannot help with are typically raised with experts from the Equine Endocrinology Group.

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Mark Johnson


Mark Johnson Dip WCF Mark began working on horses feet at the age of 14, starting a formal apprenticeship at 16 and qualifying as a farrier in the U.K. 

Four years later too many questions and not enough answers drove Mark to continually challenge thinking and beliefs in the hoofcare industry.

Continually changing direction and trying different approaches Mark has “settled” upon 3 key elements in his hoofcare business;

First barefoot, second barefoot and boots and lastly composite shoes where necessary,

Captivated by function of anatomy Mark is passionate about the whole horse, where everything effects everything and everything connects to everything.

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Gregory Sokoloski

Houston Police Department 

Gregory Sokoloski served in the Houston Police Department for 36 years in Patrol, Jail and DWI Task Force before forming the Mounted unit in 1984.

The mounted unit made an immediate impact by decreasing crime 10% in the first 2 years.

As the Lead Trainer, he transitioned the unit from shod to barefoot, and traditional to natural horsemanship. These changes positioned HPD as a leader in the mounted patrol community.

Greg worked in Mounted for 33 years until his retirement in 2017. Greg currently travels throughout the United States, Poland, Russia, and Canada to teach others about the barefoot program and how it is superior for personal and police horses.

Greg is a Certified Barefoot Trimmer. Barefoot Trimmers study the hoof in the context of the horse’s overall health. A natural method of trimming enables horses to be kept and ridden without shoes. The barefoot philosophy concentrates on learning the natural way horses use their feet, and aims to mimic natural wear by trimming the hoof accordingly.

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Dr. Chauvanne Thorpe

Dr Chauvanne Thorpe is a lecturer in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the Royal Veterinary College. Following a degree in Equine Science from the University of Bristol, Chauvanne completed a PhD at University College London in which she investigated why some tendons in the horse's lower limb are particularly prone to injury. She continued this research at Queen Mary University of London, identifying mechanisms that are important for function of the superficial digital flexor tendon. She moved to the Royal Veterinary College in 2016, maintaining her research interest in the age-related deterioration of the superficial digital flexor tendon. Alongside her research, she teaches locomotor anatomy to the pre-clinical vet students, with a particular focus on the equine distal limb and hoof. 

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Ben Chilvers


Ben qualified from Glasgow in 1997 and started working life at the Herriot practice in North Yorkshire working with a wide variety of animals. In 2000 he took up a two year clinical scholarship in the equine department at Glasgow University Vet School. After gaining the RCVS certificate in equine internal medicine in 2002 he went on to locum at a variety of specialised horse practices in the UK as well as spending time working in the USA.

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Lucy Priory

Barefoot South 

Lucy has over 24 years of experience of working and managing barefoot horses. Lucy qualified with the AANHCP and has been a leading barefoot practitioner in the UK for over a decade. Specialises in helping owners rehabilitate lame horses back into sound work, including high level competition.

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