Equine Industry Symposium

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.

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!

2019 Events:

EIS 2019 Summary Report


2018 Events:


EIS October 2018 – Action Items

EIS October 2018 – Speaker Presentations

EIS October 2018 – Executive Summary Report

Kendra Coulter – Work in Ontario Horse Stables

OMAFRA Equine Industry Overview


EIS February Event – Executive Summary Report

2016 Event:

EIS 2016 – Executive Summary Report

For more information about the EIS forum, please contact:

Katrina Merkies
Department of Animal Biosciences
[email protected]
519-824-4120 x54707

Gayle Ecker
Director of Equine Guelph
[email protected]
519-824-4120 x56678

For technical issues related to TheHorsePortal, please contact

Matt Houlahan
[email protected]
519-824-4120 x54205

October 2018 (photos by Taylor Wideman, 2nd year BBRM student)

EIS Fall 2018 - Audience

EIS Fall 2018 - Sign

EIS Fall 2018 - Photo frame


February 2018

Brittney and Julia at the 2018 conference

EIS group photo

EIS 2018 presentations

EIS 2018 roundtable

EIS 2018 roundtables


Attendees at 2016 EIS

BBRM Students

EIS 2016 afternoon session

EIS 2016 BBRM booth

2016 EIS Conference

EIS 2016 Conference panel

Roundtable discussion



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