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Marjolein Van hilten

"Loving horses and nature is not that far away." Marjolein van Hilten first created her brand of sustainable riding clothes because she could not find equipment which could corresponds to her lifestyle. Nature lover and concerned about its protection, she applies her values to her equestrian daily: solar stable, electric car, organic food... Eager to share her vision and to help riders to participate to the safeguarding of our environment, she founded "The Sustnaible Horse" website, in order to reveal her advices to get to an eco-friendly rider's life.

Hello Mark,

Yes, but it takes some attention and effort.

The FEI launched a report about sustainability at equestrian events. You can read more about that here: http://thesustainablehorse.com/fei-launches-sustainability-handbook-for-equestrian-events/

The Swedish dressage tour Lovsta Future Challenge compensates the CO2 from the travels from all participants and judges to and from the shows. http://thesustainablehorse.com/swedish-lovsta-future-challenge-compensates-co2-emission/

It would be good if big tours as the Global Champions Tour also did something like this.

The European Championships 2017 in Goteborg will be fully sustainable, but also during the World Equestrian Games in France there were already a lot of sustainability issues covered.

Marjolein

Hi Adeline,

The FEI issued a manual to support event organizers to make their event more sustainable. You can find the manual here: http://thesustainablehorse.com/fei-launches-sustainability-handbook-for-equestrian-events/

On a country level I see different levels of activity, where Sweden is the most active. http://thesustainablehorse.com/swedish-national-equestrian-centre-stromsholm-sets-example-with-iso14001-certification/

France did a good job with the Equures label, introduced in the WEG2014: http://thesustainablehorse.com/equures-horse-industrys-commitment-sustainability/. Not sure what the current status of the Equures label is, but that would be interesting to find out!

The European championships 2017 in Goteborg will be the first really sustainable equestrian event!

Marjolein

Hi Tessy,

I don't know any jumping riders, but in the dressage world Tinne Vilhelmson Silven (Swedish Olympian) has her horses on the most sustainable horse farm I know!
The French Alizee Froment who is sponsored by EquiRex is also a big fan of sustainability.
It would be good if more riders stood up for the cause though!

Marjolein

Hi Tessy,

Yes for sure! A good example is the Swedish Lovsta stables, home of the Olympian dressage rider Tinne Vilhelmson Silven.
This stable is ISO14001 certified and take sustainability into account in every purchase or decision they make.

Lovsta also organizes a competition series for young Grand Prix horses for which the compensate the CO2 emission for all riders and judges for the kilometers they make to go to and from the competitions.
Read more about this here: http://thesustainablehorse.com/swedish-lovsta-future-challenge-compensates-co2-emission/

Marjolein

Hi Melinda,

Yes, I see more and more initiatives, mainly of small businesses that try to make a difference.
But also bigger companies like Devoucoux are very active. They developed a way to tan the leather used for saddles in an environmentally friendly way. Most of the saddle leather of other brands is Chromium tanned which causes a lot of trouble in the production process but also at the end of the life of the saddle. You can't burn it, because it will release toxic fumes, and you can't put it in the ground because it will stay there forever.

Vegetal tanned leather is much friendlier in the production and is also biodegradable at the end of its lifecycle.

Read more about Devoucoux here: http://thesustainablehorse.com/environmentally-friendly-revolutionary-vegetable-tanned-saddles-devoucoux/

And about other sustainable choices for riders here:
http://thesustainablehorse.com/sustainable-choices-riders/

Marjolein

Hi Rebecca,

The FEI published a guide to make equestrian events more sustainable.
You can find more about this here:http://thesustainablehorse.com/fei-launches-sustainability-handbook-for-equestrian-events/

Also we wrote an article to make you show more sustainable here: http://thesustainablehorse.com/9-tips-to-make-your-equestrian-event-more-sustainable/

An example of a sustainable dressage tour you can find here: http://thesustainablehorse.com/swedish-lovsta-future-challenge-compensates-co2-emission/

The European championships in 2017 in Goteborg will be completely sustainable! We are looking forward to finding out exactly what they will do.

Marjolein

Hi,

The French label for sustainable stables Equures has some tips for that.
You can find more info here: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://chevaux-normandie.com/equures/&prev=search

In Germany they promote biodiversity at equestrian locations. More about that here: http://thesustainablehorse.com/germany-promotes-biodiversity-equestrian-centers/

In general:
Try to firstly record your current situation. How much energy you use, how much gas/oil you use for heating? What kind of chemicals? How is your mineral supply organised, what happens to the manure? Make a plan from there.

Marjolein

Hi Dereck,

I don't think so. Do you have a specific product in mind?

I would say that it might be better in some cases. For example hay: organic hay contains no herbicides and no pesticides, so no traces of this can get into your horse.

Marjolein

Hi Kareen,

The French label for sustainable stables Equures has some tips for that.
You can find more info here:

In Germany they promote biodiversity at equestrian locations. More about that here: http://thesustainablehorse.com/germany-promotes-bi…

In general:
Try to firstly record your current situation. How much energy you use, how much gas/oil you use for heating? What kind of chemicals? How is your mineral supply organised, what happens to the manure? Make a plan from there. Decide what are better the alternatives?

Marjolein

Hi Amy,

Initially yes, but if you take into account that those products are better for the environment, than on the long run it might be cheaper because the world stays better a bit longer.

There is not much horse riding on a dead planet!

And, if more people choose organic, the price will go down.

Marjolein