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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 horseindustry.eu.