Meeting in Ypäjä 2006

Bianual meeting ot the Equestrian Educational Network.


1. Opening the meeting at 13.00 o’clock
Mari Zetterqvist Blokhuis opened the meeting.

2. Evaluating the work of EEN through the past six years season
Mari went through the enquiry results.

During the conversation members made a summary of the main advantages of the EEN:

  • Increased motivation in your own work and self-confidence
  • A way to update your own international knowledge and share it with your colleagues and students
  • A way to share experience with international colleagues
  • A lot of new ideasEEN meetings are really worth of using the time
  • A way to create international contacts for educational and other purposes

3. Ideas for future work

EEN Extranet
Alastair Sutherland suggested that EEN could create an EEN extranet, where every member school would have entry. It could be a way to keep contact between member schools and for example, it could include a reserve of study material and tools for teaching.

Distance learning
Karen Tolley suggested that there might be possibilities to get some funding for the network to create common material. For example each school would produce one module, which would be a part of distance learning program. Expenses should be divided evenly.

Distance learning might also become a part of Euroride-system. It might be a way to cut down the very expensive cost of equestrian education.

Even if distance learning is worth developing, it has to be remembered that practical lessons can’t be compensated with distance learning. High standard of equestrian education must be preserved.

EEN degree
There was some discussion about the possibility to set up an EEN degree. It was pointed out that IGEQ already does work for equal international exams.

Johan Fahlberg pointed out that it has to be considered how EEN degree would fit into every member countries’ own education program or would it have its own absolute value? National systems are still very different from each other.

Päivi Laine told that at least in Finland it is difficult to arrange or get financing for any kind of education, which doesn’t fit into Finnish education system.

It was decided that Karen Tolley will find out would there be any ground for common degree or maybe common qualifications for degrees. Every member school will reply to Karen’s suggestion.

Other topics
Mari suggested that every school could give more information about EEN on it’s own internet site and make a link list straight to the other schools sites.

Hannes Müller pointed out that even if it would be desirable that EEN would be more active between meetings, it’s problematic because of everyone’s daily work rules the schedule.

It was found that informality of EEN is a good thing. Participants like when things are going smoothly on it’s own.

There was a discussion whether there should be new goals set for the EEN work. After some discussion it was pointed out that the goals set in the beginning of EEN are still valid.

Between the meetings the arranging school of the next annual meeting will need other schools’ news for the EEN newsletter.

Mari Zetterqvist Blokhuis suggested that every member school could include international activities into school’s plan of action to guarantee the financing for it.

Seminars and biannual meetings
It was suggested that the organizer of the next biannual meeting would be the University of Limerick. Alastair Sutherland promised to adjust if it’s possible. He pointed out that the theme of the seminar should be one that is possible to arrange without horses. The theme of their seminar could be for example communication and teaching in English/French. During the conversation it was realized that students’ and teachers’ language problems are common in several countries.

Representatives of French National riding school (Saumur) try to adjust their opportunities to organize the eventing seminar for instructors. Representatives of Ypäjä Equine College will find out if the horse breeding seminar will fit into this year’s calendar.

Karen Tolley proposed that Warwickshire College could organize a seminar on the theme Working with disabled people.

During the conversation it was pointed out that also teachers of the theory subjects would need international contacts and knowledge. International seminars for them would be very useful.

Swedish National Equestrian Centre in Strömsholm will arrange seminar with topic How to teach students of different ages in year 2007.

Hannes Müller suggested a seminar on the subject Differences in girls and boys as a student.