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Health area



Last year, the Health Area at Equita Lyon, the Lyon Horse Show, focused on epidemiology, and more specifically on solutions available to combat contagious diseases, a theme that has unfortunately been recurring in the news in recent months.

Thanks to fun activities in Equita Longines’s Health Area, every day we learn even more about the health of horses and riders.
Riders, owners, grooms, breeders, trainers… or those of you who are curious, come to discover the various workshops run by equine and human health professionals.

Listen to the heart of a pony, discover the behaviour of the foal and his dam or try out the simulator to improve your riding position!

Located in the heart of the exhibition, this welcome and information area has been created on the initiative of Equita, Boehringer Ingelheim, the Equine Centre of the VetAgro Sup Veterinary Campus in Lyon, the Champ du Perier Equine Clinic and Jean Marc Gentil.

2022 Conference program


Discover Les Equirencontres at Salon Equita Lyon
(Free access with a trade fair ticket)

Since 2008, the Boehringer Ingelheim laboratory and the AVEF (Association Vétérinaire Équine Française) have joined forces to organize "Les Equirencontres", a series of thematic conferences presented by the best veterinarians specializing in equine health. The aim is to make the subjects covered accessible to everyone (riders, club managers, owners, breeders, amateurs, media, etc.). From the outset, the FFE has been broadcasting the Equirencontres on its media.

Objective: to promote the development of good practices, to reaffirm the major role of the veterinary profession.

Meet on Friday November 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the conferences area of the Health Area : PROGRAM TBC

Theme 2023 : HORSE FEEDING: 

Moderated by Dr. Michel Pechayre, veterinary surgeon, AVEF.
With the participation of :
Docteur Charles Barré, veterinarian and equine nutrition expert,
Caroline Bégule-Convert, rider and owner,
Mathilde Labat, rider, owner and "Mathilde & Sligo" influencer.

Charles Barré, veterinary surgeon and equine nutrition expert, gave an overview of the state of horse nutrition in France in 2023, including a reminder of the fundamentals.

This was followed by a round-table discussion led by Michel Pechayre, veterinary doctor, and the two owner-riders for a question-and-answer session.

(Free access with admission to Equita Lyon)


Equine Well-Being Day


In 2023, the traditional Equine Welfare Day and Institut de Droit Equin symposium joined forces to offer the public at the Longines Equita Lyon International Horse Show an opportunity to approach the issue of equine welfare from a legal perspective. The morning was punctuated by contributions from legal professionals on the protection afforded by law to equidae, considered to be "sentient movable property". The afternoon detailed the instructions for use of the attestation of competence and certificate of knowledge for the keeping of equidae introduced on December 31 by the Dombreval law. There was also a focus on the legal tools available to industry professionals. All presentations were illustrated by case studies from equestrian center managers, veterinarians, competition organizers and international riders, among others.



Launched at the initiative of Equita Lyon's Health Area Steering Committee and supported by the French Equestrian Federation, the Well-being Day is punctuated by a variety of activities and talks of specialists on the well-being of the horse and its place in our society.




Boehringer Ingelheim develops innovative treatments for human and animal health. As a research-driven biopharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim creates value through innovation in areas where essential medical needs exist, which have not been met. Boehringer Ingelheim has been a family-owned company since it was founded in 1885, and is built on a long-term vision. Nearly 52,000 employees in more than 130 countries work in three activities: human health, animal health and biopharmaceutical manufacturing for third parties. 


The second biggest company in the world in the animal health sector and the leading one for horse health. 
With 9,700 employees worldwide, including 2,100 in France, Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health Division supplies vaccines and drugs to over 150 markets, to improve animals’ health and well-being.
Boehringer Ingelheim's goal is to promote, prevent and raise awareness of equine health issues among all stakeholders, and it is committed to forging unique links with each player in the equine industry. Boehringer Ingelheim has been a partner of the French Equestrian Federation (FFE) since 2008, and since 2019, it has strengthened its link with this prestigious stakeholder in the equine world and now supports France in all competitions.


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