About HETI 2018

Congress Overview and Pillars

STRIKING THE BALANCE

Achieving a balance in life is a topic that is receiving increasing levels of attention and spans the international and national contexts. Whether this is trying to manage the world’s natural resources with man’s growing needs or individuals trying to maintain a better balance between work, leisure and family. Better balance is something that resonates with most people.

The proposed theme of the 16th International Congress of Equine Facilitated Programmes 2018 in Ireland is ‘Striking the Balance’.

Primarily, the congress aims to explore ways to strike the balance between:

  • The challenge of providing high quality EFP’s in an environment of competing resources: where demand is greater than supply
  • The challenges of producing rigorously robust studies versus evaluative or anecdotal studies
  • The challenge of funding EFP’s: public and private funding sources
  • Segregated or mainstream settings for equine facilitated programmes: which are best and for whom
  • The provision of equine facilitated programmes and horse welfare and management considerations

CONGRESS PILLARS

KNOWLEDGE

Each year, the staff knowledge pool base expands producing richer horse human experiences for everybody.

HOSPITALITY

Each year, over one thousand people experience a warm welcome when they visit Festina Lente.

DIVERSITY

Each year, hundreds of children, teens and adults from all different backgrounds join in a host of equine based lessons and programmes at Festina Lente.

TALENT

Each year, the talents of hundreds of children, teens and adults from all different backgrounds
are celebrated.

RESEARCH

Each year, at least 3 evaluation and research studies relating to the horse human relationship and/or horse welfare considerations are conducted.

INNOVATION

Each year, Festina Lente receives coverage for its innovative approach to engaging people with horses.

LIST OF CONGRESS SUPPORTERS

Horse Sport Ireland
Equine Facilitated Education
and Therapy Association (Ireland)
Riding for the Disabled Association Ireland
An Taoiseach (Ireland’s Head of Government)
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Department of Social Protection
Special Olympics Ireland
Failte Ireland
Tourism Ireland
Aer Lingus

LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Jill Carey (Congress Chair)
Clodagh Carey
Emma Clarke
Michelle Stephens Byrne
Ann Condron

CONFERENCE PARTNERS

Nicola McGrane
Keelin Fagan

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact
with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and passion.”
Sharon Ralls Lemon