The Equine Network constitutes one of the three elements comprising a broader mechanism, known as the Equine Sector Economic Network, or “REFErences”. This REFErences mechanism is intended to improve the economic understanding of the sector, both at macro-economic and micro-economic levels, as well as to provide essential information to politicians and sector-related persons in view of its development.
Three kinds of approach have been implemented within REFErences:
- macro-economic approach with the Regional Economic Research Centres (set up by the Regional Equine Councils) and the National Economic and Social Equine Research Centre (implemented by the National Stud Institution)
- micro-economic approach via the Equine Network (compilation of a technico-economic reference guide and illustration of an operating model for equine holdings through the in-depth monitoring of businesses across the country)
- complementary theme studies (surveys implicating a selection of sector-related persons)
The Equine Network is a network of technico-economic references for the equine sector. Instituted in 16 regions with 250 holdings being monitored from 2007 to 2010, this Network scheme was renewed in 2011, though this time by monitoring 22 regions and 300 holdings. The idea behind the REFErences mechanism was inspired from the commercial holdings’ monitoring scheme, elaborated by the French Breeding Institute as of 1981 for cattle, sheep and goats.
The Equine Council of Champagne-Ardenne shall supervise matters at regional level in association with the Regional Chamber of Agriculture (the Haute-Marne Chamber of Agriculture will be in charge of monitoring), the ARDCP [Regional Association for the Development of the Horse & Pony], the French Breeding Institute et l'IFCE French Institute of the Horse and of Equestrian Sports, backed by the Regional Council of Champagne-Ardenne and the EPERON fund.
As of 2011, 14 equine holdings are now being monitored in Champagne-Ardenne over a period of 3 years. 5 types of holdings are involved:
- Riding schools
- Livery stables, with or without exercise
- Studs breeding sport horses/ponies
- Ardenne heavy-horse breeding studs
A few references already finalised :
- National overview of equine holdings
- Production costs of a sport horse : methodological principals
- Starting-up and running a riding school
Find these publications and more on the French Breeding Institute Website