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ISES Local Organising Committee ...

ISES Founders ...


Andrew holds a degree in Zoology, a PhD in horse training psychology and teaches at Universities and conferences around the world. He developed and manages the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, the internationally recognised horse training and behaviour modification centre in Australia.

Andrew has been an accredited horse-riding coach for over 20 years and has written top-selling books and numerous articles. He competed at state and national events in FEI level dressage and eventing and has also show-jumped to Grand Prix level.



Hayley holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology and Psychology and has a PhD in Animal Science. She runs BSc and Masters Equitation Science programmes at the Equitation Science Academy at Duchy College in the UK working alongside Plymouth University. She also holds the Academic Lead – Quality and Research at Duchy College, is a Higher Education Quality Reviewer and heavily involved in the review of academic publications.  She has been involved in large mammal behavioural research for the past 19 years. Her research interests focus on animal (in particular equine) behaviour, training, individual differences and welfare. 

Hayley has successfully competed in Endurance but is now just spending any spare time with her senior arab gelding and shetland, as well as training her two border collies, son and ever expanding herd of pets.


Camie is coordinator of the Horse Management program at Michigan State University. She is interested in research related to horse behavior, horse welfare and horse-human Interactions.

Camie was the local organizer for the 2007 ISES Conference.





Carissa Wickens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, and also serves as an Extension Equine Specialist for the state of Florida. Her current responsibilities are to develop and implement equine education and outreach programs and to conduct applied research in the areas of equine management, behavior and welfare. Carissa served as an Assistant Professor and Equine Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware (2009-2013) where she taught undergraduate equine science courses and provided educational resources and programming for Delaware equine owners. Carissa completed her PhD in Animal Science at Michigan State University (2009) with emphasis on stereotypic behavior in horses, especially crib-biting.

She enjoys working with all equids, but has a special affinity for draft horses and loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and their two beagles.

Carissa and Camie Heleski co-chaired the local organizing committee for the 2013 ISES Conference.



Linda holds a BSc (Hons) Equine Science and MSc Equine Science, both obtained from the University of the West of England whilst studying at Hartpury College. She returned to the College in 2006 as a lecturer and currently manages the Higher Education Equine Science provision, overseeing and contributing to Foundation & Honours Degree, and Masters programmes. Linda’s’ main research involves investigating the influence of the domestic environment on the welfare of the horse including topics such as; nocturnal behaviour, equine abnormal & stereotypic behaviours, learning ability & performance, and associations of these behaviours with specific neuroanatomy. She is also very interested in feral horse behaviour, specifically laterality. Linda has worked in the UK for DEFRA and on competition & livery yards, and internationally on racehorse stud farms. 



Lesley originally studied psychology and physiology before embarking on a career in industrial relations and human resource management for ten years. She then undertook a Veterinary Science degree at University of Sydney. She went on to practice in both small animals and horses while completing the graduate diploma of Animal Chiropractic at RMIT. In 2009, she started a full time PhD candidature under the supervision of Professor Paul McGreevy and Dr. Andrew McLean. The project is “The science of horse training: implications for rider safety and rider welfare.” This exciting project is looking at the communications processes between horse and rider within the context of applied learning theory.

Lesley now lives at Kilmore with her husband, David and son, Darcy and a growing population of Quarter Horses.

TREASURER - Orla Doherty 

Orla holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine, and a Master's degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. She has worked in general practice and is currently an associate lecturer at both University College Dublin and the University of Limerick where she lectures to students of veterinary medicine and equine science on animal behaviour, behaviour problems and welfare.

Orla has been running a referral behaviour clinic, treating behaviour problems in animals since 1995, also giving talks and workshops on problem behaviours and treatment approaches to veterinary surgeons, pet owners, and more recently, riders and trainers of horses. Orla has competed in show-jumping, dressage and eventing, and continues to ride her own horse when time permits!



Elke was awarded her PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with a focus on managing horses in groups to improve horse welfare and human safety. She holds a Master of Science in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Edinburgh University. Her principal research interests lie in the field of horse behaviour and the various forms of horse-human interactions.

Elke has been connected with horse husbandry and training for many years and has taken every opportunity to further improve her practical and scientific skills.


 MEDIA OFFICERAlexandria Bailey

Alexandria holds degrees in Sports Science and Education and has extensive experience in Event Management, Media & Marketing, Small Business Management and Adult Education. Her life-long work with horses and dogs has seen her in the role of coach, instructor, educator, competitor and community club committee member. She is passionate about teaching equestrian rider positioning, awareness of animal welfare in human/animal interactions and always having fun and happy times with animal companions.

As an animal trainer, Alexandria has worked with a range of animal actors including horses, donkeys, birds, camels, dogs and a pig for movies & TV, special events and stage theatre. One of her greatest joys is training and competing with her 4 dogs (of which 2 are deaf and work only from hand and body signals) in agility and obedience. Alexandria’s research interests focus on evidence-based animal training principles (in particular equine & canine) and in examining the anatomical positioning of the rider and its effect on the horse.


NEWSLETTER EDITOR - Cristina Wilkins

As a young rider Cristina Wilkins competed in eventing to 3 star level in the UK and coached pony and junior riders who competed successfully at European Championship events. She moved to Australia in the late 90's after residing in New Zealand for five years.

Cristina is now the editor in chief of Horses and People Magazine, and Australian based publication promoting sustainable and evidence-based horse care, welfare and training. She lives near Brisbane with her husband Nick, daughter Emma, chocolate labrador Molly and PRE stallions Luisillo and Alma Almendrito.


RESEARCH CO-ORDINATOR - Kathalijne Visser-Riedstra

Kathalijne holds a degree in Animal Sciences at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Thereafter, she completed her PhD on horse temperament (HorsonalityR) at the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht.

Both as a scientist as well as a recreational rider, she studies the interaction between rider and horse to find an optimal match for both individuals. Besides her horse research, Kathalijne is also involved in numerous projects improving farm animal welfare.




Jody Hartstone is a Grand prix dressage rider based at her own stud (Karioi Sport Horses) in New Zealand. She has twice been NZ Grand Prix Champion and has previously qualified for the World Equestrian Games. She has won Prix St Georges derbies in Australia, NZ and South Africa.

Jody is a passionate teacher of learning theory as applied to horse training and gives clinics worldwide.



Gemma graduated as a vet from Glasgow University in 2009. After working in equine practice in Yorkshire for 18 months she moved up to the Dick Vet Equine Hospital at the University of Edinburgh. She now combines time spent between working in the equine practice and hospital. As well as behavioral consultations she frequently gives talks on Equitation Science for vets at CPD events and horse owners throughout the U.K.

In her spare time Gemma enjoys ridding and competing her own horse. Along with her partner they breed black Arabian horses for Endurance at their farm in the beautiful Scottish Borders.



Inga holds a Masters degree in Human and Equine Sports Science and completed her PhD (from the University of Essex, UK) focusing on sport psychological component in equestrian riders. As an accredited sport psychologist in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, Inga specializes on equestrian sports, aiming to improve horse-rider communication at home and in competition. She also works as a senior lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein, NL, where she supervises research projects relating to psychology, psychophysiology and visual attention in equitation.

In her spare time, Inga enjoys competing in show-jumping and dressage with her two horses.



Rose began studying a Foundation Degree in Equine Behaviour and Training at Duchy College, Cornwall, UK, where she progressed onto the BSc (Hons) Equitation Science. She is currently completing a Research Masters investigating behavioural comparisons in horses wearing bitted and bitless bridles. Rose owns three horses; an ex-racehorse, an Irish sports horse and the new addition of a Gypsy Cob who she gave a home to after he was retired from a college. They are all ‘happy hackers’ though the Cob is proving rather talented at dressage! Rose lives in Cornwall by the sea and along with the horses keeps four cats, ten chickens and one husband.

Rose’s main interest lies in the improvement of welfare for the leisure horse with her latest project concerning road safety for horse and rider combinations.



Michela Minero is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and worked as an equine practitioner before taking a PhD in Animal Science and specializing in Applied Ethology and Welfare of large animals at the University of Milan. She graduated at the European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. In 2007, she became a researcher at the Veterinary Faculty of Milan where she teaches equine management and training. She has been conducting research at an international level on horse behaviour and welfare, and at the moment is involved in the research project funded by EU FP7 “Animal Welfare Indicators”.

Michela was the local organizer for the 2006 ISES Symposium. Her areas of particular professional interest include measuring horse welfare and human-horse interactions. She has been an active supporter of ISES activities since its first steps and she is committed in expanding activities of ISES in Southern Europe.



Angelo is an Assistant Professor in Equine Science and Management at Delaware Valley College where he teaches a variety of courses from Equine Behavior to horseback riding and training. He has a MS in Education and obtained a master’s degree “Laurea” from the University of Padua. For his final thesis in Equine Behavior he explored, “The Comparison between Equine Training Techniques and the Psychology of Learning.”

Paired with his academic expertise, he has been a horseback riding coach since 1996 when he received his first riding instructors’ certificate from the Italian federation. He has since continued to progress through the levels of instructor certification, with perhaps the most important recognition received when he passed the Fellow of the British Horse Society exam in 2010. His unique life experiences have allowed him to fuse the academic discoveries in animal training and learning with horse training techniques, all of which have earned him popularity as a clinician in Europe and the USA. 


ISES Local Organising Committee 2014

Janne Winther-Christensen & Jan Ladewig


ISES Local Organising Committee 2013

Carissa Wickens & Camie Heleski


ISES Founders

Natalie Waran

Natalie gained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and her PhD in Cambridge. She led and participated in a wide range of research activities extending from welfare issues associated with agricultural animals to the assessment of conditions for companion, laboratory and zoo animals. Natalie has directed the Masters in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare in Edinburgh. She is first or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and editor of a book on the welfare of horses.

Natalie has owned, trained and competed horses for eventing at advanced level and has an interest in dressage.


Andrew McLean

Andrew holds a degree in Zoology, a PhD in horse training psychology and teaches at Universities and conferences around the world. He developed and manages the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, the internationally recognised horse training and behaviour modification centre in Australia.

Andrew has been an accredited horse-riding coach for over 20 years and has written top-selling books and numerous articles. He competed at state and national events in FEI level dressage and eventing and has also show-jumped to Grand Prix level.


Paul McGreevy

Paul is a riding instructor, veterinarian and ethologist. He is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science. The author of over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and six books, Paul has received numerous Australian and international awards for his research and teaching innovations. His PhD was in the behaviour of stabled horses but it was a chapter co-written with Dr Andrew McLean in his Equine Behavior textbook that coined the term “Equitation Science”.

Paul is especially proud of his term as Hon. President of the ISES; a period that delivered the Eight Principles of Ethical Training, the ISES Ethics Committee, the first Consensus Workshop on Research Methods, the Position Statement on Restrictive Nosebands and the ISES Taper Gauge.


Deborah Goodwin

Debbie holds a degree in Zoology from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, a PhD from University of Southampton, and was a lecturer in Applied Animal Behaviour at Southampton University 2002 – 2012. Her research focuses on the behaviour and welfare of domestic animals.

Debbie has competed in endurance, dressage, show -jumping and cross-country since 1981 and was a member of Endurance GB 1984-2012.


Machteld van Dierendonck

Machteld is a clinical ethologist and equine welfare expert, working at the Biology Faculty of Utrecht University. She has been researching wild, feral and domesticated equines in many countries since 1984. Machteld is currently focusing on teaching, researching and patient care at the ethology and welfare as well as at the equine departments.

Machteld owns horses since 20 years. She is chair of the Veterinary and Welfare Committee of the International Icelandic Horse Federation and is a national judge. She is member of ISAE, ASAB and member of the Equid Specialist Group, a Species Survival Commission of the IUCN.