The NZ Equine Research Foundation continues to sponsor a number of fellowships and scholarships to support people in the equine industry. The generous support of the Pye Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.


Veterinarian-Farrier Scholarships (application form available here)

Annual scholarships for a veterinarian and a farrier to attend the prestigious Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium and/or to spend some time with colleagues in the USA are provided by the Foundation. The purposes of these scholarships are:

  • To improve the knowledge and skill of New Zealanders in care and treatment of the horses’ foot
  • To encourage veterinarians and farriers to work together as a team to overcome problems of the horses’ foot.

The scholarships are advertised widely to farriers and veterinarians and are applied for on a competitive basis by written application to the Foundation. Successful recipients are required on return to NZ to share their new knowledge with the rest of the horse industry through written reports which are published in various horse magazines and by giving lectures at meetings and conferences throughout the country. The successful veterinarian/farrier recipients in recent years have been:
2003- 2004: Dr. Warren Mitchell, Rotorua, and Mr Andrew Fisher, Cambridge.
2004-2005: There were no recipients as the Symposium was cancelled.
2007: Dr. Celia Grant, Rotorua and Mr Rodney King, Amberley 
2008: There were no recipients as the Symposium was cancelled.
2009: Dr Orla Fahey, Hamilton and Mr Kim Hughes, Cambridge and Dr Becky Sutourius, Rangiora and Mr Stuart Muir, Rangiora
2010: Dr Tim Pearce, Bulls and Mr Simon Cowley, Woodville
2011: Dr Neil Houston, Auckland, and Mr Marcel Veart-Smith, Auckland