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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Not only for professionals

Sokolniki Convention and Exhibition Centre became yet again the hosting ground for members of the equine industry: the Equiros exhibition was held as per usual from April 2nd to April 5th , 2015. Despite the fact that the spring exhibition ranks as professional and is primarily aimed at experts, it usually attracts a wider range of attendees. More than 4,000 visitors came to see the exhibition over the four days, and the number of participants and guests grows steadily every year.

Most of the companies – i.e. 47 – presented clothing and equipment for riders and horses. Spring always brings renewment and equine professionals and enthusiasts are no exception . Fashionable and comfortable clothing and footwear for riders following the latest trends in European fashion, bright coloured saddlecloths, halters, horse bandages and various accessories. All of these items are a good enough reason to visit the exhibition. Alongside the clothing and ammunition the exhibitionists presented : feeds, supplementary feeds, veterinary preparations, technologies for building show rings and equestrian centres, specialized literature and special services, for example, saddlecloth embroidery.

As usual, the programme of the exhibition was not limited to the presentation of equine products. There were a number of roundtable discussions, seminars, reports and lectures concerning some topical and even pressing matters. As an aftermath of the German Equitana exhibition’s seminars on para-equestrian dressage there was a roundtable discussion related to adaptive equine sports and the perspectives of paralympic dressage in Russia. While traditional equine sports are definitely developing in this country and we are gradually gaining positions in the international arena, specifically thanks to our young sportsmen, the prospects of paralympic dressage in Russia are rather cloudy. Despite the fact that the para-equestrian dressage discipline was excluded from this year’s European Championship programme, European disabled sportspeople have every opportunity for competition and personal growth, whereas in Russia para-dressage exists only among enthusiasts. We lack professional personnel, infrastructure and funding. Those were the topics discussed at the roundtable meeting organized by the Russian National Para-dressing team and the National Federation of Hippotherapy.

The Equine Veterinary Association organized a conference on the current problems of equine veterinary medicine, including orthopedic matters. A separate roundtable discussion was held on the topic of organization of equine tourism competitions – an underdeveloped yet very promising field.

The traditional ‘big’ autumn Equiros exhibition will be held in Sokolniki from October 15th, 2015 to October 18th , 2015. The organizers are already accepting applications for stand reservations and are developing a business programme. Some two hundred companies are expected to participate in the exhibition.

Olga Kalmykova

Source: Equestrian World magazine

Last update: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 4:47:24 PM

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