• First CO2 neutral equestrian accommodation in The Netherlands

    When Greetje Hakvoort and her partner Arien bought the large equestrian accommodation in Kootwijkerbroek in The Netherlands it had been empty for several years. They started renovating the buildings and the 6 hotel rooms. Part of the renovation plan was to reduce the enormous gas bills that took up a large part of the budget. By placing a bio mass heater, fueled by wood chips, they achieved a considerable gas reduction leading to an (almost) CO2 neutral location. To further enhance the sustai...
  • Let the horses run free; wild horses in Europe

    The non-profit organisation Rewilding Europe launched it's new study "rewilding horses in Europe". It is the first of its kind on this exciting topic, providing the necessary background information as well as practical guidelines. The European wild horse is strangely enough both extinct and at the same time still present. Officially it is extinct since the early 1900s, but at the same time its genome is not lost and still exists across several types of old, original horses: from Exmoors in ...
  • World Equestrian Games uses waterless composting toilets

    Spotted on twitter: a picture of the composting toilets used at the eventing venue of the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandie. Composting toilets are a great option if you have to build a toilet at remote places without access to water. Want to make one  yourself? Watch the video! http://youtu.be/xOOUxa4_K1g    
  • Environmentally friendly revolutionary vegetable tanned saddles by Devoucoux

    When I was exhibiting with our EquiRex stand at the Royal Windsor Horse Show the Devoucoux stand caught my attention. Devoucoux presented a saddle made with a very innovative vegetable tanned leather. Their flyer stated that three years of research and a whopping two million euro’s went into the development. Time to explore further! Mrs Champenois from the French Devoucoux headquarters explained the principles and the environmental gain of these revolutionary saddles. What made ...
  • Swedish Lövsta Future Challenge compensates CO2 emission

    The Swedish high profile dressage competition series Lövsta Future Challenge has a high focus on sustainability. Every year the organisation of the Lövsta Future Challenge provides sponsored clothing to the participants. This year they choose the Dutch brand EquiRex, that produces eco-chic equestrian sportswear and is the proud owner of The Sustainable Horse. All the CO2 emission from the trips from both the participants and the judges to and from the qualifications and the finals were ...
  • Equestrian inspired eco throws

    The earth friendly home furnishings and apparel company In2green produces wonderful throws and blankets. They are all made in the USA using upcycled yarn. One of their most popular pieces is the equestrian inspired horse bit throw, which comes in a four colors to suit every equestrian home. We’ve always wanted to design a line of horse-inspired throws. We decided that a simple horse bit as graphic border would be just enough to suggest our love for this majestic animal.    ...
  • Introducing zero-waste horse bedding recycling

    I must admit that the thought of recycling horse bedding made me frown at first. But having reviewed the information provided by the Canadian company Greenscene Agritek  (GSA), I came to the conclusion that this is a great concept that is worth to be adapted widely by the world wide equestrian community. GSA's general manager Paul Cross guides us through the world of bedding recycling. How does it work? The basic principle is simple. Wood fiber horse bedding gets collected after ...
  • Luxury equestrian VIP treatment at Coworth Park with a sustainable touch

    Coworth Park is a luxury hotel that is part of the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group with hotels in the UK, Europe and the United States. Coworth Park is not just a luxury hotel, it is the only UK hotel with its own polo fields. The hotel recently expanded their equestrian offers to equestrians of all ages and various disciplines. The stables at the estate are run in an eco-conscious way. We were lucky to steal some of Bonnie Savin, the equestrian manager’s time to talk us through the ...
  • Equine welfare on European Commission agenda

    Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to hold its first ever equine expert meeting in Brussels on 7 May 2014. The meeting will gather experts from across European Member States to explore the state of play on equine welfare across Europe and the role of regulation. Currently there is no specific EU legislation in place to safeguard the welfare of Europe’s equines despite the contribution of equine industry to Europe’s economies. The meeting will also ...