Katherine Dashper is a reader in events management at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Her research focuses predominantly on human-animal relationships in the context of events, tourism and leisure, with particular interest in horses. She has published widely in international journals and books on issues related to human-horse relationships, gender, tourism, and events management. She has published a monograph on human-horse relationships in sport and leisure, and co-edited four books on tourism and sport. In 2018, she organized the international conference "Equine Cultures in Transition: Human-Horse Relationships in Work and Play." She is a rider and regularly competes in equestrian sport events.