The module requires students to undertake a two residence periods in Europe and the United States each lasting approximately two weeks. During their stay, students observe and study key aspects of the horse industry in each country. This will include visits to national equine organisations and associations, racecourses, bloodstock breeding and sales companies, an analysis of competition horse disciplines, breeding and sales, shows, horse welfare and veterinary/rehabilitation centres. In each country, the cultural diversity of the equine industry is analysed.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Discuss in detail key sectors of the equine industry in the countries visited.
- Critique the role of national and local Government in regard to fiscal and legislative measures and their effect on different sectors of the equine industry.
- Analyse the structure of the equine industry in each country including key equine organizations and how they interface.
- Research the size, diversity and economic impact of the equine industries in both the United Sates & Europe including growth trends and indicators.
- Assess and critique the cultural, historical and social influences that have shaped the horse industries in both Europe and the United States.
- Critically appraise where certain sectors of the equine industry are successful and why others sectors are less successful.
|Project||A critical evaluation of the horse industry in the United States of America (Part 1).||50%|
|Project||A critical evaluation of the horse industry in Europe (Part 2).||50%|
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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