Category Archives: Event

2018 Canadian Horse Wellness Expo

For those in Canada, you may be interested to know about the Canadian Horse Wellness Expo, formerly the Horse Wellness Expo. This runs from November 10-11 in 2018. This expo is provided by Northlands and the Horse Industry Association of Alberta.

2018 Canadian Horse Wellness Expo | Equus Education
2018 Canadian Horse Wellness Expo | Equus Education

The confirmed speakers and sessions include:

  • Nettie Barr speaking on Equine Behaviour and Horsemanship
  • Chelsea McKen and Equine First Aid
  • Dr. Jessica Rominow on Common Internal Problems: Stomach Ulcers in Your Horse
  • Gary Millar speaking about Equines for Assisted Learning
  • Katie Squair on Equine Dentistry
  • Shauna Cole focusing on Nutrition and Diet
  • Julie Fisette on Saddle Fitting
  • Magdalena Carr on European DNA Analysis
  • Ron Anderson covering Bits and Bitting

The 2018 Canadian Horse Wellness Expo

This is such a vast array, I am sure the event will be wonderfully enlightening! The topics and speakers show that the focus is on keeping our horses healthy and happy. Interested in finding out more about this event next month? Head along to the 2018 Canadian Horse Wellness Expo Facebook page.

Horse events are always a wonderful opportunity. You can make new contacts and also learn something new. You can find out about different training methods, products or riding styles that will improve yourself as a horse owner and rider, not to mention your horse’s wellbeing!

Whenever you have an opportunity to further educate yourself as a horse person, take it! And if you’re one of the lucky ones who can afford to travel overseas to build on your learning, then be sure to do this also. Any chance you have to further your horse education, do it. You won’t regret it.

“A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.” ― Gerald Raftery

Live Online Training: Using Facebook for Horse Business Owners, Equine Entrepreneurs

You may be aware of Equine Entrepreneurs because of the profile Equus Education did on Melody Semmler.  Melody is holding live online training for using facebook for horse business owners.  This is taking place on Thursday the 17th of May.  It’s occurring at 9am WST/Perth time.  Know that you can always check online for time differences around the world!

Using Facebook for Horse Business Owners | Equus Education
Using Facebook for Horse Business Owners | Equus Education

The training is proposed to be a 3 hour session.  If you attend it live, then you can take advantage of the interactive nature and ask questions.  What will be covered in the training?

  • engagement strategies
  • how Facebook decides who to share your stuff to
  • making it easy for people to buy from you / book in with you
  • increasing visibility
  • how to use video to bring in clients
  • time saving tips and lots more

Using Facebook for Horse Business Owners

So how much for the training?  $44.95 AUD for the 3 hour session.  Now if you can’t make this date but really want to gain access to this training, then you can register prior to training and gain access to a recording later on.

This particular blog post is to give you a heads up!  There are limited numbers, so if this sounds like your cup of tea, head along to find out about booking in.

Want to find out a little more about Equine Entrepreneurs?  You can head on over to Melody’s website.  She focuses specifically on helping horse business people reach their goals.  Score!

“A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.” ― Gerald Raftery

3 Equine Initiatives you can Volunteer for

3 Equine Initiatives You Can Volunteer For | Equus Education
3 Equine Initiatives You Can Volunteer For | Equus Education

One of the greatest ways to gain experience and build contacts is to volunteer.  In the equine industry there are many different initiatives that you can volunteer for.  Some you will need experience for, others it’s all about availability and enthusiasm!  And many offer training if you’re going to volunteer your time.  So let’s take a look at 3 equine initiatives you can volunteer for.

  • Horse riding organisations and businesses.  There are many places that are happy to provide you with training – maybe even riding lessons – if you volunteer your time and energy.  Your local riding school may be up for this!
    In Australia, Riding for the Disabled runs on volunteers.  As a 17 year old, I spent 1 day a month volunteering my time to help groom, tack up and lead ponies for young disabled riders.  It was an incredible experience and a great way to help out.
  • The Equitarian Initiative.  Equus Education has explored this incredible setup.  As someone who knows horses and particularly has skills regarding their health, you can volunteer your time and knowledge for third world countries.
    For locations that often make their livelihood from their horses, their health is important.  Ignorance and poverty can detrimentally affect how horses, donkeys and mules are cared for.
    This setup focuses on visiting third world countries, educating owners and caring for the equines under their care.  Consider farriery work, worming, vaccinations, dental work, bandaging and managing parasites.  All of these areas and more are covered depending on the experience of the volunteers involved.
  • Horse events.  In Australia we have a massive horse event known as Equitana.  There are many different events relating to horses throughout the world.  They may focus on horse riding, clothing, education, health care or something else.
    Many of these events run on volunteers.  This may involve accepting entry tickets, directing people, moving horses between locations, manning stalls or even serving food.  Perhaps a volunteer needs to coordinate everyone else who is volunteering their time and skills!

So there you have it.  3 equine initiatives you can volunteer for.  If you make yourself aware of all the equine volunteering possibilities locally and even overseas, this will help you to determine what you may be able to do to build your horse resume and skills.  Just think of the experience you’ll gain and the contacts you will make!

Want to explore other possibilities?  Check out the volunteer category of posts on this site.

ISES Conference in Rome, September 2018

Some of you will be familiar with the International Society for Equitation Science.  Equus Education did a post previously about their 2017 ISES Conference in November in Wagga Wagga, Australia.  The location for the 2018 conference is in Rome, Italy.

ISES Conference in Rome in 2018 | Equus Education
ISES Conference in Rome in 2018 | Equus Education

The theme for the 2018 ISES conference is equine welfare: good training, good feeding, good housing, good mental state, good health, good behaviour.  The conference is to be run from September 21 – 24.  As it stated on the media release:

“The conference offers a forum for discussion of traditional and progressive practices along with contemporary research findings with practitioners (horse-trainers, instructors/coaches & riders), equine studies students, researchers, academics and policy makers involved in Equitation Science, to develop and to promote approaches to horse training and husbandry that ensure that horses are managed in the most ethical and sustainable way possible.

The 3-day program format includes two full days of plenaries, submitted research reports for spoken and poster presentation, and another full day of practical demonstrations with discussion facilitated by internationally respected experts in equine behaviour and welfare research, education, and clinical practice.”

Some key dates to make note of include:

  • early bird registration ends July 30, 2018
  • late registration closes September 18, 2018

So why would equitation science be of interest to you?  ISES is a non profit organisation.  They aim to aid research relating to horse welfare and training horses as well as improving the horse-rider relationship.  In an age where welfare is growing in importance, as a horse owner, carer or business it’s important to stay up to speed on methods and tools available to aid in training and welfare.  Conferences can be a great way to develop contacts, learn new things and even promote yourself in the equine industry.

“When I hear somebody talk about a horse or cow being stupid; I figure it’s a sure sign that the animal has somehow outfoxed them.” ― Tom Dorrance

Equidays in New Zealand

Equidays is an Equestrian Event in New Zealand | Equus Education
Equidays is an Equestrian Event in New Zealand | Equus Education

Recently I saw reference to Derriere Equestrian having had a successful time at Equidays in New Zealand.  Curious I checked out the event to find out what it was exactly.  Maybe you’re familiar with Australia’s Equitana or you know about other horse events around the world.  Well here’s another one to add to your calendars!

It’s too late for 2017, seeing as the event was run over October.  But if ever you’re planning a visit to New Zealand, perhaps you’d like to time it with the running of Equidays.  This event has an equestrian focus in particular.  As it says on their site:

“Equidays is New Zealand’s premier equine event, featuring three-plus days of exciting equestrian action.  With over 40 hours of clinics each day, elite competitions, three night shows and over 200 exhibitors, Equidays is a must for equine enthusiasts everywhere.

The four pillars of Equidays – educate, equip, empower and entertain – come together to bring you the very best in equestrian.”

The show features clinicians, dressage, show jumping and night shows.  So if you’re an equestrian fanatic, it may be worth checking out future Equidays events!  You can keep up to date on their events via Facebook  You may also be interested to know there is a South Island Edition.

Equidays Equestrian Event

If like me you love a horse event for the ability to add to your resume, then you’ll be pleased to know that they take volunteers.  The submission forms are currently closed off as the 2017 event has just happened.  You can keep it in mind for future events, however!

For those who are looking for accommodation for the event, they may be pleased to know that camping is available on site!  This may help to keep the travelling budget low 😉  Planning a trip to NZ in the next couple of years?  Why not try to date it around an Equidays event?



SPOGA Horse Autumn 2017 September

September of this year marks an international horse event that may be of interest to horse business owners! In Cologne, Germany is the SPOGA Horse Autumn festival of 2017.  It is recognised as the international trade fair for equestrian sports.  SPOGA runs from the 5th to the 7th of September.

Horse festivals are a great way to promote a product or service for the horse industry. They also raise business profile awareness and can generate international customers as well as many product sales! Equus Education has also featured details about Equitana, which is a similar horse event here in Australia.

Derriere Equestrian recently emailed me about their involvement in the SPOGA 2017 event. If you are a budding equine entrepreneur, perhaps you’d be keen to check out this event for future business promotion ideas! Or as someone who loves to travel and to see what new horse businesses have to offer, perhaps the idea of a trip to Germany in September appeals to you.

SPOGA Horse Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany

Have you Heard about the SPOGA Horse Event?
Have you Heard about the SPOGA Horse Event?

Either way, it would be worth making note of the SPOGA Horse event which happens on a regular basis. You may even want to create your own calendar of horse related events to keep an eye on – and attend! – as the years pass.

One event where myriads of horse people, riders, businessmen and women come together to promote themselves, their products and services and learn about others is a great networking opportunity.

Being able to attend and participate would be worth it! Or as is the case with Equitana each time it is held, you can volunteer your time and take part in helping the event to run smoothly. Perhaps this is an idea for your horse resume in the future?

The Equine Lameness Prevention Organization

Whilst reading Jenifer Morrissey’s the Partnered Pony, reference was made to the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization. Otherwise known as ELPO, this is a non-profit organization. Their mission is:

‘to provide hoof care and equine care guidelines that are based upon research and the practical experiences of successful equine care professionals from around the world.’

As it states on the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization website, they consider themselves a community.

‘Welcome to a Community that is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of lameness in horses. This social network was designed to be a place where horse owners, horse enthusiasts and equine professionals can go to get help, offer assistance to others, exchange ideas, and socialize about the health & soundness of their equine companions.’

Would you Make use of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization?
Would you Make use of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization?

I love this concept! How wonderful to have a place online where people can meet, discuss ideas or raise concerns. They can help each other to learn to be better stewards of the animals in their care. In particular, in the area of hoof care.

You can become a member of ELPO for a fee. The result is that you help to fund evidence based studies as well as gain access to videos, articles, blogs and discussion forums to help aid your learning.

For those interested in ELPO events, there is an event calendar on the site. This includes details on barefoot trimming courses, as well as courses in identifying lameness and gaining certification. The education page also provides some .pdf resources for those who are after some more reading!

For those who are interested in learning more about how to care for their horses feet, check out ELPO. If you’re pursuing farriery as a horse career, then be sure to look at the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, too!

“He moved like a dancer, which is not surprising; a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.” ― Mark Helprin

Equine Business Workshops

How would you Benefit from Equine Business Workshops?
How would you Benefit from Equine Business Workshops?

Oh to be in the United Kingdom when these workshops are being run!  CAFRE have just sent out an email indicating that they will be putting on a series of workshops – equine business workshops – in the near future.  And the best bit?  They’re free!

Whenever you’re able to, make use of free educational sessions that relate to horses, business or even better – horse business!  You’re bound to pick up something you can use to better yourself or your business.

According to the email, they are providing:

A series of workshops for equine businesses in Northern Ireland that will provide information to drive your business forward. The series is suitable for all equine related businesses from riding schools and tack shops to self employed instructors, producers and farriers.

The series includes three equine business workshops:

  1. Unlocking your business potential – 11th October 2016.
  2. Marketing your “Unique Selling Point” – 1st November 2016.
  3. Keeping on the right side of the law – 10th January 2017.

Each session will take place from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at Greenmount Campus, Antrim. Registration for each event closes 7 days prior to the event. There is no fee for this course.

Interested and able to attend?  Then you can register online

Even if you’re not yet in business, but you plan to set up your own equine business, then I am sure these sessions will be valuable to you!  Plus you can network and check out potential complimenting businesses – win/win!

“He’s of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger…. he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.” ― William Shakespeare


Equine Events Planner

I wonder how many careers I can come across that could focus on a niche area of horses? 🙂  I was on Facebook and saw an advert for a course on Event Planning and immediately thought: equine events planner!

Are you the kind of person who loves attending events?  More so, do you enjoy planning and organising them?  Then perhaps you could turn this passion into a career.  Perhaps you could even turn it into an equine-focused career.  This would definitely be a niche area of the events planning industry!

Equine Events Planner: what Events would you like to Organise?
Equine Events Planner: what Events would you like to Organise?

There are many people out there who make a living from organising events for others.  They know where to look for venues to hire, which caterers to use and what decorations to add that special touch.

Why couldn’t a business be set up that does this with an equine focus?  You could cater to many different events:

  • birthdays
  • Christmas break ups
  • special race days
  • equine educational events
  • horse sales
  • the launching of a horse business
  • stud open days
  • stallion parade days

The list goes on!  There are a multitude of events that could be planned and not all of them require being in one room.  Perhaps you could help to organise an equine field trip for students or employees on behalf of an educational institution or business.

Undertaking a course on events planning and then utilising this qualification, the skills learned and potential contacts gained could help you to start up your own business.  With the right kind of marketing and a bit of brain storming, I’ve no doubt an Equine Events Planner business could be created!  Perhaps this niche area appeals to you and your skills.  Why not take the leap and pursue it?

“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” – Pam Brown

Free Short Course at CAFRE

Hi everyone!  I have received this email and wanted to share:

CAFRE are holding an update on recent Advances in Equine Management at the Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, on Wednesday 1st June at 7:30pm.

The event offers an update on practices used to manage horses at CAFRE and on new developments in the industry.

– Do you need to worm? Could you save money with targeted worming?

o New equine tapeworm test will be demonstrated

o Faecal Worm Egg Testing

– Methods of monitoring your horse’s body weight

– New developments in the industry.

Follow this link for further information and to book your place.

Free Event – Everyone Welcome!

If you are in the area and available to attend this course, why not head along?  Free information is always worth pursuing when it comes to how you can better manage your horses.