The purpose of GEEC is to develop production and dissemination of knowledge in the equine industry. The objectives include development of education, best practices, and problem

The value of these objectives grows in the context of growth and rapid change in horse sports and leisure activities.

Central themes in the first GEEC in Ypäjä, Finland, are equine well-being and collaboration between horses and humans.

The first GEEC also aims ambitiously at a joint declaration, by the international contributors and participants, in support of building a bright, positive future for the equine industry.

Audiences of GEEC include both equine professionals and devoted enthusiasts – that is, producers and users of equine education.

The Conference is a result of collaboration and contacts between two key organizations in equine education, Equestrian Educational Network (EEN) and International Group for Equestrian Qualifications (IGEQ). Other active contributors are the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and European State Studs Association (ESSA).

This conference is made possible by The Horses of Southwestern Häme Project. It is coordinated by the National Equine Competence Association of Finland Hippolis in collaboration with Ypäjä Equine College and The Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKE.

GEEC will be organized every two years in a globally significant center of equine education. GEEC 2019 is planned to be organized in one the main European equestrian centers in Europe.

Last day of registration is 28 April 2017.