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Equine Industry Symposium

2020 EIS Symposium Goes Virtual!

Nov. 16 – 20, 2020, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST each evening, the focus of this years’ event will be on the pandemic and how it has impacted the equine industry. The theme: Resilience: Rethinking, Restructuring, Re-evaluating due to COVID-19.

Join in every evening from Nov. 16 – 20, 2020, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST by REGISTERING TODAY HERE.

More on the 5th Annual Equine Industry Symposium 2020:
On Monday evening, Bronwynne Wilton from the Wilton Group will give a summary of the report provided to Equestrian Canada on the effects of COVID-19 on the equine industry. An open discussion with Danielle Glanc, farm policy analyst with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Jonathan Zammit, executive director of Ontario Racing, and Christine Reupke, director of Equestrian & Breed Sport at the Royal Horseshow in Toronto, Canada will provide insight on how they viewed and approached the pandemic from their respective equine communities. To make your voice heard, please fill out this survey prior to the symposium to let us know how the pandemic has affected you.

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On Tuesday evening, Melanie Barham will discuss farm and business planning. Sean Jones from Sunlife Financial will provide a 5-step action list for designing a recession-proof financial plan. Catherine Willson, equine lawyer, and Mike King from Capri CMW insurance will discuss insurance implications and risk mitigation in light of COVID-19.

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Wednesday evening will examine the effects of the pandemic on horse welfare. Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, will present the minimum standards of care as outlined in the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines. Roly Owers, CEO of World Horse Welfare, will analyze what welfare means and how to cope with pandemic restrictions without compromising welfare. Bettina Bobsien will discuss responsible decision-making for older and retiring horses.

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On Thursday evening Stewart Everett, UK Equine Register, and Nic de Brauwere, Redwings Sanctuary, will outline the traceability program in the UK. Kristy House from Equestrian Canada will give a summary of how traceability will be implemented in Canada and how it will assist with emergency situations like the pandemic.

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Friday evening will begin with an address from Assistant Deputy Minister Frederic Seppey, Market and Industry Service Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Cananda, on how the equine industry is positioned and how the ministry can support the industry moving forward. Kristy House, Equestrian Canada and Tracey McCaugue-McElrea, Ontario Equestrian, will discuss how industry organizations are helping the industry as a whole. The symposium will conclude with highlights of some of the positives that have emerged from the pandemic.

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Note that certified coaches can receive one updating hour for each evening attended. While this event is free, attendees may wish to support “For the Herd”, an emergency fundraiser administered by Ontario Equestrian to assist riding schools that are struggling to provide for their horses due to the loss of revenue from lessons and camps due to COVID-19. All proceeds raised go toward riding school facilities and their school horses across the province. For more information and to donate visit the For the Herd Website.

Join in every evening from Nov. 16 – 20, 2020, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST by REGISTERING TODAY HERE.

Everyone involved in the horse industry, be it as an owner, competitor, facility manager, discipline specialist, trainer, coach, official, business owner, recreational rider, or any of a myriad of other roles, faces both daily and long-term challenges in sustaining their particular equine pursuits. Those responsibilities, including routine care of the horse, often have an immediacy that monopolises our attention and obscures our view of the big picture. In fact, underlying our focused engagement there are themes that are common to all of us and they require our collective attention. At stake are both the welfare and wellbeing of the horse and the long-term health and growth of our industry in all sectors.

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First among these themes is, of course, the horse. Ultimately, it’s all about the horse. And, it is also about issues that affect all of us, such as how we recruit young people to join us with their youthful energy and ideas for the future, how we build support for our industry among those presently on our periphery, and about how we build standards into our industry to keep us abreast of legislation, societal expectation, best practices, and fiscal realities. Better yet, how do we get ahead and lead rather than react or follow, and how do we stay ahead?

Discussing these and many other issues, without primary reference to any discipline boundaries, is something in which we all need to engage. That’s what this industry initiative is about: coming together and sharing ideas, insights and energy, exploring commonalities, and identifying collective solutions. We have so much to gain with a common vision!

More info about the Equine Industry Symposium

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