The 2019 General Assembly of Au-Dela des Pistes, the equine charity that works for the promotion and retaining of Thoroughbred horses in France, was held at the Salon Katko at Chantilly's training centre last Friday, Au-Dela des Pistes announced on Tuesday. Fourteen of the 24 retraining establishments referenced by the charity were in attendance at the assembly, which included a visit to Fabrice Chappet's stable and watching morning training on the Lions training track. The representatives were also able to speak with trainers, breeders, agents, vets and other racing industry professionals, as well as Dr. Paul-Marie Gadot of France Galop, with whom ADDP signed a partnership agreement with in April of 2019.
Among the issues raised during the assembly were: the management of horses retired through injury, the financial contribution of the transferring owners, the issues of transparency regarding the actual state of health of retired racehorses and the marketing of horses after their retraining.
ADDP will focus on two main areas for 2020: to implement major educational actions to raise awareness among owners and trainers of the benefits of transparency when retraining an injured horse and to work on a system to help establish a complete veterinary file at the time of placement. Also, Carole Desmetz will take over the role of communication and events for the charity from Marine Thevenet.