Best Practice in Horse Industry Conference, Warsaw 2012

24 January 2012 · Category: Conference, ·

The essence of horse industry and best prac­tices related to its devel­op­ment were dis­cussed on 19 – 20 January 2012 at an inter­na­tion­al for­um dur­ing the con­fer­ence organ­ised by Polish Equestrian Federation (PEF) and European Equestrian Federation (EEF) with­in the frame­work of the pro­ject: „Human Resources for Horse Industry in Mazovia Region”, co-financed by the European Social Fund. 113 par­ti­cipants from 22 coun­tries – mostly all over Europe – from Portugal and Great Britain to Russia, Turkey and Armenia came to Warsaw to attend the con­fer­ence. Four sub­jects were presen­ted: „Development of Equestrian Sports”, „Education in Horse Industry”, „Horse Breeding for Equestrian Sports” and „Financing and Cooperation”.

PEF and EEF are con­vinced that due to its wide range of activ­it­ies horse industry nat­ur­ally brings people togeth­er. An under­ly­ing assump­tion is that a close cooper­a­tion of not only eques­tri­an fed­er­a­tions but also horse breed­ers organ­isa­tions is bound to be suc­cess­ful. Consequently, by cooper­a­tion and experience-exchange dur­ing the Conference, its organ­izers want to share ideas and to provide solu­tions to prob­lems that eques­tri­an and breed­ing fed­er­a­tions have to face.

On Friday all attendees split into four groups tak­ing part in sep­ar­ate pan­els. The breed­ing pan­el was mod­er­ated by Ulrich Hahne who had giv­en an inter­est­ing lec­ture a day before. In his lec­ture he con­cen­trated on Horse Breeding for Equestrian Sport, giv­ing an inter­est­ing example of the Hanoverian Breeding Program.  He high­lighted the fact that 80% of Hanoverian breed­ers own one or two mares, while only 6% own more than four.

Breeding pan­el included four present­a­tions: „French Cooperation Between Breeding Associations and Equestrian Federation” by Emmanuelle Morvillers from Societe Hippique Francaise, „Holsteiner Society and the Breeding Goal of this Organisation” by dr Stefanie Bergmann from Holsteiner Verband, „Equine Science in Sport Horse Breeding” by dr Dorota Lewczuk from Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, “Zangershide – innov­a­tion – New Technologies and Ideas in the Horse Sport” by Tom Lemmens from Zangershide. When present­a­tions had been over, a lively dis­cus­sion aroused among the par­ti­cipants. Two hot­test top­ics were related to the issue of imple­ment­ing oblig­at­ory osteo­chon­dros­is test as a part of selec­tion and the oth­er wheth­er or not to approve equine clones and their pro­geny. More peace­ful dis­cus­sion went on selling young horses for sport train­ing and how breed­ing asso­ci­ations should help their mem­bers in such pro­ceed­ings.

To sum up,  it seems that the Conference was a great suc­cess and that most of the par­ti­cipants were pleased to attend a meet­ing which was not a polit­ic­al one like a gen­er­al assembly but aimed to help in know­ledge trans­fer and in experience-exchange between dif­fer­ent nations and dif­fer­ent organ­iz­a­tions, as the say­ing goes: „Two heads are bet­ter than one”. All con­clu­sions and present­a­tions of the Conference will be avail­able soon at the offi­cial web­site of the Conference