Keynote speakers

Andrea Dúll Phd, DSc

Andrea Dúll PhD, DSc is an environmental psychologist, the founder of Hungarian environmental psychology, doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, pro-environmental psychologist, director of the Institute of Human-Environment Transactions at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, professor at the Department of Sociology and Communication at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. She is credited with building the institutional system of environmental psychology in Hungary, developing its training system and introducing it as a discipline into environmental design. As a researcher, theorist, and practical consultant, she deals with all areas of human-environment interaction.

Title of the presentation
Equine assisted therapy in environmental psychological context

Environmental psychology works in the context of typically non-conscious interrelationship between humans and the built-natural-virtual environment, so the effects of equine assisted therapy working with horses (and other animals, e.g., dogs) and humans in the natural environment can be well understood in the context of environmental psychology. In the presentation, the environmental psychological processes taking place in the arenas of the relationship between horses and humans will be reviewed from the point of view of the socio-physical situation in the therapy. The purpose of the presentation is twofold: on the one hand, we want to inspire the environmental psychology research of equine assisted therapy processes, and on the other hand, we are convinced that the effectiveness of equine assisted therapy can be increased by raising awareness of the human-animal-environment interaction processes.


Peter Holzmüller, MBA

Bavarian Red Cross
Staff Office for Organizational Development and acting
Head of the Integrated Rescue Control Center of the BRK

Technical University of Munich
Research associate in the Sociology of Diversity Group at the Technical University of Munich

Chief instructor for hippotherapy of the Hungarian Riding for the Disabled Federation (MLTSZ) and member of the board of directors

Member of the German Board of Trustees for Therapeutic Riding


  • Specialist nurse intensive care / anesthesia.
  • Physiotherapist specializing in pediatric neurology
  • Mediator and conflict management trainer

Previous stations:

  • Traunstein District Hospital (Germany – Bavaria)
  • Wasserburg District Hospital (Germany – Bavaria)
  • Schön Clinic Vogtareuth (Germany – Bavaria)
  • Orthopedic Children’s Hospital Aschau (Germany – Bavaria)
  • Southwest Hospital Association (Germany – Bavaria)
  • Mainz University Hospital (Germany – Bavaria)
  • University Hospital of the Technical University Munich (Germany – Bavaria)

 Title of the presentation:

“The portfolio of the Hungarian Riding for the Disabled Federation and options to manage the current and future challenges for non-profit organizations, especially in the Central European region”.


The Hungarian Riding for the Disabled Federation is characterized by a clear professional separation of the disciplines and a simultaneous close cooperative networking of the four disciplines from the first stages of education. The post professional training with the common denominator medium horse is characterized by a high professional expertise and perspective.

Nonprofit organizations should already focus not only on the professional training and the cost-effective transfer of the specific service, but on the communication of values and development perspectives for their full-time and voluntary employees. The sincerely transported operational visions and missions as a foundation, as a motivation for recruiting and sustainable retention of top performers. The labor market is undergoing massive change, and NPOs will find themselves competing with industry, general business and medium-sized training companies for human resources in the future.

The key to success could come from the following three components – training, structural organization, and value transfer.

Dr. Pebbles Turbeville

Dr. Pebbles Turbeville is the executive director of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF).  She holds a doctorate in Sports Management with an emphasis in leadership, a master’s degree from NC State and a BA from Columbia College.  She chaired the Equine and Sport Studies Department at St Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC where she was an associate professor teaching Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine Studies and Sports Management courses as well as the therapeutic horsemanship director. In 2022 Pebbles received PATH Intl.’s James Brady Award for Lifetime Achievement in equine assisted services.  She is PATH Intl. certified as an Advanced Instructor, a CTRI, and mentor.

Dr. Octavia Brown

Dr. Octavia Brown is Professor Emeritus of Equine Studies at Centenary University, Hackettstown, NJ, USA.  Born in England, Octavia Brown emigrated to the USA in 1964.  She holds a Master of Education from Harvard University and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2008 by Centenary University.   A founder of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now PATH International) in 1969, she is a PATH Master Instructor.  In 1998 Octavia received PATH’s James Brady Award for Lifetime Achievement.  In 2022 she received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Equus Foundation and US Equestrian Federation.   Dr. Brown is past president of the FRDI (now HETI). 

Title of the presentation
“So you want to conduct a research project at my farm: what do we get out of that??”    Bridging the Gap: Translating Horse-Human Interaction Research into Practical Applications

Dr. Pebbles Turbeville and Dr. Octavia Brown

Recent years have witnessed a surge in research exploring the many aspects of horse-human interaction.  However, there is a significant gap between the research findings and applying those findings in day-to-day situations that can benefit both horses and humans alike.  Dr. Turbeville and Dr. Brown will review the interaction between researchers and equine assisted services staff, outlining practical strategies, lessons learned, and potential pitfalls of conducting research on-site at an active center.