The Asia Horse Week, a Must Attend Forum
Asia Horse Week 2019 has been lauded a resounding success and is now regarded as a “must attend” annual event for global equestrian industry leaders, administrators and participants.
The unique two-day forum, held at AsiaWorld-Expo last week in Hong Kong in conjunction with the prestigious Longines Masters of Hong Kong show jumping event, brought together some of equine sport’s sharpest minds and highest ranking personnel to present their views and valuable insights into horse welfare, education, equestrian sports development and sport horse breeding. An FEI Clean Sport Seminar was also staged to increase awareness and understanding of equine and human anti-doping regulations and procedures among athletes and their support staff.
Only in its second year, Asia Horse Week attracted delegates from all over the world including Europe, China, Japan and Australia.
There were many important learnings from the various discussions that took place with the FEI President Ingmar De Vos confirming the tremendous potential for Asia Horse Week to become even bigger and better next year and beyond. “I think we are only standing at the start of developing this Asian horse week in Hong Kong and it is already making an important contribution to the equine industry and equestrian sport in Asia.”
One of the most notable points to come out of this year’s edition of Asia Horse Week was the extraordinary growth in investment and participation of Equestrianism in China. The number of Equestrian Clubs throughout the region has more than doubled in just three years and there are now over 400,000 active riders in China and 300,000 people directly employed in horse sport. China now also boasts the second largest horse population in the world. “We all share a passion for horse sport and Asia Horse Week is furthering the development and expansion of Equestrian in the region and we have a lot to learn from Asia,” said Mr De Vos.
The Chairman of Asia Horse Week, Raphael Le Masne De Chermont, expressed his tremendous pride in the success of the event this year and the important place it on now holds on the annual calendar. In his closing speech he said; “One of the key learnings is the incredible speed of the Chinese Equestrian world. There is so much to do and change. Asia horse week is your playground and I hope you will come every year on.”
The founder of Asia Horse Week and the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, EEM World CEO Christophe Ameeuw, echoed those sentiments. “I am very happy with the quality of the speakers and the content was fantastic. We are very proud to have the support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, the FEI and the Hong Kong Tourism Board to help make this happen.” “The secong edition of the Asia Horse Week was a great success and it is only the beginning of the story,” said Mr Ameeuw.
In what was a historic moment for Asia, The Auction by ARQANA took place during Asia Horse Week. An amazing collection of horse embryos combining some of the best show jumping bloodlines in the world attracted keen bidding from buyers. The President of leading French auction house ARQANA, Eric Hoyeau, led the sale on the ground from Asia Horse Week at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. Bids were also taken online and at the sale’s company’s headquarters in Deauville, France. The opening lot of The Auction by Arqana (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek x Coriana Van Klapscheut (Darco) sold for 41,000 Euros to a Canadian buyer online. This was the highest priced embryo of the entire sale. The second highest price paid during the sale was 40,000 Euros for Lot 06 (Cassini I x Cocoshynski (Cornet Obolensky). 18 embryos were auctioned and grossed 416,000 Euros. The average price was 26,000 Euros.
ARQANA’S President Eric Hoyeau said; “We are very happy with the outcome of the sale and how technology enabled us to make it all happen.” “It was quite amazing to have so many people from all corners of the world including Canada and Brazil showing interest and buying online,” he said.
EEM World’s Christophe Ameeuw was pleased with the results and confirmed the concept will continue into the future. “I am very proud of this project. I want to transform this sport and my passion is to make it more professional like basketball, tennis and other major sports.” “If you want to develop the sport you need to develop the quality of horses and the foundations and be focussed on attracting a new generation of riders. The Auction transforms the horse business like the art business has transformed in the last 30 years to give clients total transparency and credibility,” he said.
The Auction brought Asia Horse Week 2019 activities to a close. For full results of The Auction go to www.theauction.online.
The organisers of Asia Horse Week, EEM World, would like to sincerely thank the following people that contributed superb and insightful presentations throughout the two days and ensured that the event will now be recognised as one of the most important gatherings in the world for equine professionals and participants long into the futur and look forward to the third edition for the Asia Horse Week February 13-14, 2020.
Dr. Anthony W K Chow SBS JP – Chairman, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Ingmar De Vos – FEI President, IOC Member
Sabrina Ibanez – FEI Secretary General, President of the ASPO
Roly Owers – Chief Executive, World Horse Welfare
Dr. Goran Akerstrom – FEI Veterinary Director
Alex Hua Tian – Chinese Olympic Rider
Lynn Petersen – Chief Executive, the British Horse Society
Michelle Wang – CEO, Equuleus International Riding Club
Amanda Bond – Executive Manager, Equestrian Affairs, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Prof. Cesare Galli – Animal reproduction expert, Founder and Director of Avantea
Michael Lee – President, The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation
Sacha Eckjans – Representative of Paul Schockemöhle International
Jaqueline Siu – Member of the Hong Kong Equestrian Team
Dr Adrian Farrington – Equestrian Veterinarian Surgeon, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Dr. Joop Loomans – CEO of Occulus Insights
Wei Fei – Heilan Equine Veterinary Clinic Veterinary
Dr Rong Rui – Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University
Dr Didier Serteyn – Head of Equine Clinic, Liege University
Dr Caterina Termine – FEI Veterinary Advisor
Dr Susanne Munstermann – Animal Health Consultant
Dr Brian Stewart – Head of Veterinary Regulation, Welfare and Biosecurity Policy The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Li Yanyang – CEO and Founder of Horsemanship Magazine
Hao Zhang – Artist, Educator, Visiting professor at the inner Mongolia Agricultural University
Chang Wei – Consultant for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games
Dr Yasuhiko Haruta – Advisor to the Japan Equestrian Federation
Dr Christopher Riggs – Head of Mainland Veterinary Operations, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Peter Chen – Executive Vice President, Guangdong Equestrian Association
Wijaya Noeradi – Secretary General of PP Pordasi – the Indonesian Sport Horse Society
Soenke Lauterbach – Secretary General, German Equestrian Federation
Joris De Brabander – Founder of Stal de Muze
Berengere Lacroix – General Manager of Studbook Selle Français
Arnaud Evain – Founder of GFE