In recent years it has become increasingly obvious to compassionate horse people that many of the accepted practices in equine training and care are at best, outdated and compromise horse welfare and at worst, tolerate or even reward equine abuse.
As a result of these concerns, one trainer conceived the idea of a competition where harmony, lightness and partnership were rewarded above all else. In an extraordinary flow of synchronicity, one thing led to another, like-minded horse people connected and in 2015 the Concordia concept was born.
It was realised that we shared a set of principles with regards to training and management that could actually unite those who are looking for the best ways to work with and care for horses, be they from the natural, modern, traditional, or classical schools, or people who just want to connect with horses, through observation, companionship, groundwork or riding.
Fast forward and Concordia is welcoming like-minded people from all over the world. We are building a community of Friends who share Our Principles and an International Pony Club educating the next generations of horse people. We developed guidelines for a new format of horse-friendly Competitions and created Databases of Registered Professionals who put welfare first and Registered Establishments that are horse-centred. Most importantly, Concordia is a compassionate voice for horses that is taking positive action for Equine Welfare.
WHAT WE DO
As an umbrella organisation for compassionate horse people as well as equestrian organizations and charities, we bring horse people together to influence and change outdated perceptions of horse management and training. We provide social, knowledge sharing and educational platforms to keep all our friends up to date with articles, videos and news.
By collaborating with our Associates and Associate Organisations whose work compliments or converges with that of Concordia, we are able to share a broad spectrum of knowledge. All information you find on our video page, Talking Horses blog and resource library are based on science, research, evidence-based practice, and compassion. An exciting development is The Concordia Pony Club. Created for young people from any background, we are ensuring that the next generation of horse people worldwide learn thoughtful practices in horse care, management, training and of course, have fun while doing that!
We provide a support network for horse lovers and carers who wish to be a voice for horses in all aspects of husbandry as well as training. We provide databases of horse professionals, associate organizations, and horse establishments that are registered with us as being aligned with Concordia’s Principles, putting the needs of the horse first. Our Fine Contact Competitions support those who wish to compete on a level playing field where correct, compassionate training and equine welfare are put before money, medals and egos.
Our Welfare-in-Action Team collects information about equine welfare issues worldwide. By bringing under one umbrella all entities that are working for a change and sharing their information, links, petitions, blogs, videos and media coverage on one page, we hope to become a powerful resource and a driver for change. Concordia also conducts it’s own campaigns, lobbying those with influence to uphold welfare and introducing Fine Contact Competitions, the Concordia Pony Club, and Registered Establishments.
How We Help
Across the planet in every area of equestrianism there are people who love horses, and Concordia Equestrians is the bridge that’s joining us together.
As the umbrella organisation for compassionate horse people as well as equestrian…
By collaborating with our Associates and Associate Organisations whose work…
We provide a support network for horse lovers and carers who…
Our Welfare-in-Action Team bring together information about…