Hippophile No.45

第23回学術集会 シンポジウム「最近の乗馬事情を知ろう!」
23rd Scientific Sessions Symposium ‘Let's Learn the Recent Topics about Horse Riding!’


             講演 Lecture

  The Challenge to Para Equestrian World Championships
  -それは神様からの贈り物- 浅川信正
  -A Gift from God- Nobumasa ASAKAWA

            (2)高校生とウマとの触れ合い (静内農業高校生の挑戦)
  Interaction between High School Students and Horses
  (Hokkaido Shizunai Agricultural High School Students Give it a Try)
  Yoshiharu KITAMURA, Tadahiro Sugimoto and Mitsuyo KATO

  Envisioning the Equestrian World of Tomorrow
  -欧州事情を踏まえて- 北原広之
  -Learning from the European Situation- Hiroyuki KITAHARA

  The Future of Riding Horse Industry in Japan
  -Current State and Perspectives-
  Tomomi FUJITA

             総合討論 Discussions

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            Journal of Equine Science Vol.22, No.2, June 2011 和文要約
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Editor's Note









While Japan's
            demand for riding horses is becoming more and more diverse these
            days, there is a horse culture in Japan consisting of numerous
            traditional events which have been a part of life in their respective
            areas since ancient times. Today there are many horses that are
            also suffering as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake
            that occurred on March 11th and the resulting accident at the
            Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Especially in Fukushima,
            some horses are being exposed to some sort of negative physical
            influence from the leakage and radiation of radioactive substances
            while being used in ceremonial events. We believe that now is
            the time for Japanese equine researchers to scientifically investigate
            and follow up on these horses over their lifetimes and to report
            and disseminate those singular results to the world from Japan.
            The results of such investigative research will serve to at least
            ensure that the fate of these Fukushima horses will not be in
            vain. We would like to strongly recommend Japanese who see themselves
            as equine researchers to waste no time in commencing investigations
            and research. 

            This issue has been arranged
            in the form of a feature issue about the symposium held last
            year, “Let's
            Learn the Recent Topics about Horse Riding!”

            A variety of trends and genres
            are popping up in Japanese equestrian circles these days, and
            horses are being utilized in more and more ways. In this light,
            the purpose of this symposium was to focus on the continually
            growing genre of horseback riding and, by way of our five symposium
            presenters, explore the future shape of the equestrian industry.

            In Nobumasa Asakawaユs “The Challenge
            to Para Equestrian World Championships -
            A Gift from God,” the author describes
            his half century of involvement around the world as a paraequestrian,
            including his achievements and various experiences, and shares
            his recommendations and personal thoughts regarding the future
            of horseback riding for those with disabilities.

            In “Interaction
            between High School Students and Horses (Hokkaido Shizunai Agricultural
            High School Students Give it a Try)”
            by Yoshiharu Kitamura, Tadahiro Sugimoto, and Mitsuyo Kato, school
            principal Kitamura introduces the school's
            history and course content, as well as the changes in equestrian
            education and more. Kato, who is a student, created paraequestrian
            study groups in Japanese schools that engage in various activities
            and horseback riding get-togethers in neighboring areas. Sugimoto,
            a teacher at the high school, introduced how they are producing
            and raising thoroughbreds as part of an equestrian education
            designed to explore the possibilities for using horses and the
            taming methods exclusive to the agricultural high school, which
            is located in a thoroughbred producing mecca.

            In “Envisioning
            the Equestrian World of Tomorrow -
            Learning from the European Situation-”,
            Hiroyuki Kitahara writes from the perspective of the various
            worldwide activities and achievements of Japanユs
            top-class equestrian riders. He mentions as problem areas the
            differences in equestrian history and culture, the disparity
            in production, the development of horseback riding into a major
            sport, and the differences in equestrian techniques, and he tells
            of the need and anticipation for efforts to improve those problem
            areas in the Japanese equestrian world going forward. 

            Tomomi Fujita's
            “The Future of Riding Horse Industry
            in Japan -Current State and Perspectives-” analyzes the problem areas of the harsh
            production environment for domestic riding horses from the perspective
            of issues such as feeding, production case studies, distribution
            channels, breeding horses, and buyers. He recommends impending
            countermeasures in which several foreign-bred male horses who
            were formerly active are used as breeding horses, and also the
            systematic creation of new breeds, for which horses are selected
            and used as domestic breeding horses.

            In the comprehensive discussion
            by Professor Tsubone and Dr. Aoki, the main topics include the
            fact that standing up with dreams and romance against the systematic
            creation of new breeds of increasingly diverse riding horses
            is the current reality in Japan, as well as the issues of the
            introduction of frozen sperm from horses who are active overseas
            and the effective use of native Japanese breeding horses. The
            symposium ended with an expression of hope that participants
            would rethink the needs and production of riding horses. 

            Kaneko, Editor-in-Chief)