Cutting-edge products at EQUITANA Innovation Award 2015
Award ceremony at World Fair's Main Arena
Taking home the win here – at the Equestrian World Fair, amidst the international expert community and among top-class product premieres from all segments of the industry – is quite a distinguished accomplishment. Every other year, EQUITANA and the trade magazine Pferdebetrieb jointly present the EQUITANA Innovation Award. This year, a total of 59 products were nominated; seven of them came out on top.
Themes reflected particularly strongly in the award-winning products were digitalisation, automation and sustainability. The most convincing products this year were a sensor system for capturing horse exercise and health data, a feeding station, a rechargeable horse shearing device, a concentrated horse feed with amino acids, a feed weighing cart, a rider emergency management system and an innovative Hoftrac loader. A distinguished jury of experts from the world of equestrian sports, horse medicine and the trade media evaluated the submissions. The award ceremony took place at EQUITANA 2015's Main Arena on 17 March.
Category: "Stable, hall and arena construction, training technology"
Winner: FourSense GmbH
Product: FourSense data measuring technology
This sensor system can be integrated into standard girths or similar accessories. It captures a range of horse exercise and health data and transmits it to a central server. Once processed there, the data can be accessed through web interfaces. The result: optimised equestrian sports performance diagnostics, training analytics and monitoring. The jury welcomes the sophisticated, ready-to-use concept, which meets current equestrian athlete demands for comprehensive performance development capturing aided by modern measuring technology. In addition to using the system in rehabilitation and for training optimisation, the jury recommends deploying it in the growing scientific study arena, where quality depends on optimised data capturing.
Category: "Stable technology and equipment, pasture and agricultural equipment"
Winner: Schauer Agrotronic GmbH
Product: Compident Horse Duo
The Compident Horse Duo is a feeding station for roughage and concentrated feed with a selection gate, which uses individual chip recognition to regulate the food intake of smaller groups of horses. The jury recognises this new product because it combines several formerly separate types of feeding in a single smart solution customised for each animal. As such, not only does the system achieve feed management workload reductions, it also enhances animal wellbeing by delivering nutrition in line with the needs of each individual horse.
Category: "Health and care"
Winner: Aesculap Suhl
Product: Aesculap Econom CL Equipe
Cable messes and short runtimes are a thing of the past with to the Econom CL Equipe horse shearing device. Powered by a rechargeable battery, this Aesculap Suhl model can be used for up to 80 minutes with the same power output as a comparable corded device. Thanks to the backup battery and a charging time of about 70 minutes, the Econom CL Equipe can be deployed just like conventional corded clippers without long interruptions.
Winner: MARSTALL GmbH
Product: Amino-Sport Muesli
Amino-Sport Muesli is a feedstuff specially developed for sport horses, but it's equally suitable for use in breeding and/or rearing. Marstall uses five precaecally digestible amino acids in pure crystalline L /DL form in this product. Amino-Sport Muesli has a positive impact on horse performance and accelerates muscle regeneration after training.
Winner: Kneilmann Gerätebau e.K.
Product: Large bail cart with weighing unit
Correctly portioning roughage and concentrated feed is critical when it comes to animal-appropriate horse husbandry. Kneilmann's feed cart with weighing unit – no matter whether it's used for roughage or concentrated feed – makes this job easier. But since weighing out roughage is precisely the task that poses a challenge for many operations, the jury considers Kneilmann's large bail cart with weighing unit as a product that facilitates optimised portioning of roughage at equestrian facilities.
Category: "Riding and work fashions, safety products"
Winner: USG United Sportproducts Germany
The USG-SOS is a rider emergency management system that allows first responders, emergency medical technicians and emergency physicians to access individual emergency data using a safety wristband or tag on waistcoat, tack or similar accessories. For the system to work, riders must have registered their data ahead of time. Riders alone choose which data to enter. When needed, it can then be accessed on the internet via an individual ID code. By honouring this product, the jury aims to support this important contribution to equestrian safety. It deserves to be recognised In particular for taking into account data protection aspects.
Presentation of the Special Jury Award
Winner: Weidemann GmbH
With the eHoftrac, Weidemann offers an emission-free, low-noise Hoftrac loader that's perfect for horse care applications. Thanks to its electronic motor, the eHoftrac doesn't require high RPMs to unleash its full power. Operation in closed-off spaces is no problem, and in future it can be recharged directly using a facility's photovoltaic system.
The awards were presented by Cristina Uetz, EQUITANA project director, Guido Krisam, publication manager of Pferdebetrieb magazine, and jury members Georg Fink, Uwe Karow and Prof. Dr. Dirk Winter.
Members of the expert jury:
Georg Fink (facility engineer)
Dr. Christa Finkler-Schade (Schade & Partner – equestrian business consultants)
Uwe Karow (consultant)
Prof. Dr. Dirk Winter (Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Applied Science)
Christine Felsinger (journalist)
Sabine Wiemann (editor of Reiter Revue)
Dr. med. vet. Josef Hollerrieder (veterinarian)
Dr. Christiane Müller (horse care expert)
For additional information, please visit www.equitana.com.
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