The group sadly fizzled, for reasons I touched on in my previous post. (Note -- I am not blaming Gina, rather I give her credit for taking on such a huge project in the first place.)
Gina Fisk of Antero Equestrian was the guiding force behind one of the newest groups, the Sporthorse Breeder’s Alliance, which was formed in December 2009 and already had over 130 members in just the first two months. I was quick to join this group myself, happy at the prospect of expanding my circle of breeder friends and contacts. Gina reports that response to the group has been overwhelmingly positive, with new members joining weekly. She feels groups like this are “a great communication mechanism to bring breeders together”, where breeders can share leads and tips on selling, and become more familiar with other breeders in their area.
She notes that North American breeders and sellers have a unique problem competing with Europe “because North America is so big and our horses are so spread out, which makes it more difficult for buyers to see several horses in one trip.” Better coordination between sellers, with the aid of groups such as the Sporthorse Breeder’s Alliance, can potentially make it easier for buyers and sellers to arrange buying trips more similar to Europe, to help encourage buyers to “shop at home” first.