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Nicoletta Miraglia (Photo:
Nicoletta Miraglia (Photo:
Presentation of EAAP Horse Commission – strategy and future plans

It is the aim of the Scientific Committee of the EAAP Horse Commission to improve the scientific quality of the annual meeting and its relevance to the industry and the needs of consumers in Europe. Knowledge and technology transfer between EU Countries should be extended as well throughout a European network for Equines. In this context, consultation and discussion with representatives of European horse breeding industry and scientists experts in Equine science have been carried out to state: key challenges, knowledge gaps and the opportunities to meet the needs of the horse breeding in Europe. The scientific activities of the commission are focused around the new challenges to be matched by Equine sector and are carried out all along the year throughout the four working groups (WG) with a great emphasis which took place at the annual meeting in the scope of several sessions, seminars and workshops.
?  Horse network (
Horse commission has initiated a horse network whose website is located in EAAP website. This horse net work is designed to provide information and to stimulate exchanges. The main following items are displayed : horse commission task force and activities – working groups and activities – Scientific main topics (Genetics – Biotechnology, Nutrition and feeding, Management, health and welfare, Livestock and Sustainable agriculture, Therapeutic riding, Milk production) - events calendar – education – practitioners – interactions – horse in EU – useful readings – opportunities (jobs posting – training).
?  Working groups
The activities of the working groups aim at developing a European network in Equine science and promoting new relationships with the stakeholders of the European equine commodity chain: breeder associations – studbooks - WBFSH - riders or/and trainers associations – FEI - Feed companies – Pharmaceutical industry – end-users – veterinarians – advisers - teachers and students (education system) – officers at EU level; and to coordinate with other scientific organizations and meetings. The Horse Commission WG are:
•  Interstallion
•  Nutrition
•  Education
•  Welfare, Management and Health

?  European FABRE technology platform:
“Sustainable Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform”

The European commission has initiated in 2005 a long term process to determine how breeding should support the economy of animal production and the marketing of animal products from the farm to the end –users to be still competitive worldwide. The aims of this new approach of animal production and the process to meet the challenge are reported in a publication entitled “Sustainable Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction: a Vision for 2025 “ including report entitled “Priorities for Equids in Europe”.