Mission Statement:

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.


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.

2.5 day format. A welcome get-together and check-in on first evening, 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.

This year, we have an additional, day-long supplements to our conference:

On Wednesday, October 10, we will organize a field trip to visit the Spring Creek Basin wild horse herd in Disappointment Valley and talk with Bureau of Land Management representatives and a mustang advocate.


The mountain town of Durango, Colorado

Beautiful, southwestern Colorado offers myriad opportunities for trail riding (guided or independent), attending/visiting horse-related events, shops, and ranches, enjoying the annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering (October 4-7), nearby national parks, and wild horse and burro populations.


October 7-9, 2018 (with optional activity on October 10)


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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