Students study key aspects of the bloodstock & racing industry in the main principal racing nations of the world. These include the UK & Ireland, France, USA, Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, UAE, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Germany. Also an assessment is made of ‘emerging’ racing nations and potential markets e.g. China, Russia, Turkey, South Korea and Mexico. Areas of investigation include national equine organisations and associations, racecourses, bloodstock breeding and sales companies, horse welfare and veterinary/rehabilitation centres. In each country, the impacts of history and culture are analysed.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Discuss in detail key sectors of the bloodstock & racing industry in other countries.
- Critique the role of government in regard to fiscal and legislative measures and their effect on racing & bloodstock production in other countries.
- Analyse the structure of the equine industry in each country including key equine organizations and how they interface.
- Assess the scope and economic impact of the racing industry including growth trends and indicators for an ‘emerging’ market of the student’s choosing.
- Assess and critique the cultural, historical and social influences that have shaped the racing & bloodstock industries in different countries.
- Appraise where parts of the racing industry in some countries are successful and why others are less successful.
|Coursework||An appraisal of the racing & bloodstock industry of an ‘emerging’ racing country||100%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Association (2004) Statistical overview of the thoroughbred breeding industry in Europe European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations.
- Kentucky Department of Agriculture (no date) Kentucky agricultural statistics Available at: http://www.kyagr.com/pr/agstats/ Kentucky Department of Agriculture. (Accessed: 21 March 2013).
- The Horse Industry in the European Union. (2001). Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
- American Horse Council; Available at: www.horsecouncil.org/
- The Jockey Club Factbook; Available at: http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=1