Mission Statement:

The Summit originated in Durango, Colorado, and has conferences in Maine and, in 2021, Kentucky

The BestHorsePractices Summit, Inc., a Colorado 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, fills the need for a common sense, research-supported conference to improve horse-human connections. The Summit strengthens links between equine research and horsemanship circles by highlighting the practical and academic strategies that make horses’ lives better.

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A conference on best horse practices and equine research, bringing together educators, researchers, horse owners, as well as working, professional, and recreational riders, for presentations on best practices related to care, handling, management, training, and riding.

Two day format. A welcome get-together and check-in, followed by two academic presenters in the AM, two horsemanship presenters in PM and repeating that pattern on the second day. There will be a farewell reception on the evening of the second day. Videos of all presentations available to stream after the conference.


October 21-23, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky

After two exciting years in southwestern Colorado and one in Maine, we’re bringing our conference to the heart of horse country! We look forward to educating and entertaining scores of attendees who may have missed past conferences as well as seeing old friends.

More details to follow.


October 21-23, 2022. Registration opens in February.


Led by a board of directors and steering committee of individuals experienced with organization, planning, development, public speaking, and best horse practices.

Attendance limited to 200.

Volunteers welcome.

Summit attendees visit with BLM official in Disappointment Valley


The BHP Summit is supported by sponsors, donations, and attendance fees. Funds raised go to presenters’ fees, facility rental fees, catering, marketing, advertising, web site development and maintenance, and the perpetuation of the BHP Summit, Inc.

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