Equine Industry Symposium

Attendees at 2016 EIS

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!

More Info

2019 Events:

EIS 2019 Summary Report

2018 Events:


EIS October 2018 – Action Items

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 EIS, 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

Photos from Past Events

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