From the paddock to the sea – horses and water management

Horses play an important role in many European countries, both as a hobby and as a business. At the same time, keeping horses can have a negative impact on the environment, as nutrients leach from the manure and contribute to eutrophication of water bodies. Many horse farms and equestrian facilities need concrete support in their environmental work.

“From the paddock to the sea” is an international conference to share experiences, increase awareness of the risks of nutrient leakage from horse keeping and discuss possible measures and solutions.

The conference will be held in English.

Illustration med tre hästar, ett vattendrag och texten From the paddock to the sea

Participation and registration

This two-day conference is of interest for persons working on issues related to environmental protection and water management, at local, regional or national level, researchers, advisers and of course the horse keeping community.  The conference is free of charge. Online participation is possible on 24 April.

Registrations for on-site participation is now closed.

You can still sign up for online participation. Register here.

Workshops 24 April

On-site participants will chose one of the four workshops. The workshops are described here.


Day 1: 24 April 2024, Västerås, Sweden

10.00 – 10.20Welcome

Key note speaker: Karolina Lagerlund, director, Swedish Horse Industry Foundation (HNS)
10.20 – 10.35Eutrophication – an overview of horse keeping and water status in Sweden
Martin Erlandsson Lampa, Water Authority of the North Baltic Sea Water District
10.35 – 10.55Supervision to create awareness among horse keepers
Johannes Eskilsson, Swedish Board of Agriculture
10.55 – 11.20Sustainability of equine housing systems – a Swiss perspective
Marianne Cockburn, Agroscope/Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Switzerland
11.20 – 11.50EUnet Horse – a Horizon project in 9 countries
Amandine Julien, French Horse and Riding Institute
11.50 – 13.00Exhibition and lunch
13.00 – 13.15Impacts of horse keeping on water quality
Helena Aronsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
13.15 – 13.30Horses, the landscape and biodiversity
Monica Hammer, Södertörn University
13.30 – 13.50Preventing harmful effects on water bodies
Markku Saastamoinen, LUKE Natural Research Institute, Finland
13.55 – 14.00Short break
14.00 – 15.00Swedish initiatives on horses and sustainability – outlook for the future
Greppa Näringen/Focus on Nutrients, Race for the Baltic, Swedish Horse Industry Foundation, Swedish Equestrian Federation
15.00 – 15.30Coffee break
15.30 – 16.30For on-site participants:
1. Catchment approach to horse keeping
2. Manure as a resource
3. Effects and experiences from water measures on horse farms
4. Project development

For online participants:
Water planning at the farm level and advisory services for horse keepers
Mia Sklenar, LIFE IP Rich Waters
16.30 – 17.00Reports from workshops and closing of day 1

Day 2: 25 April 2024, Strömsholm National Equestrian Center

8.30 – 9.00Bus from Västerås to Strömsholm National Equestrian Center
9.00 – 10.00Water planning at the farm level and advisory services for horse keepers
Mia Sklenar, LIFE IP Rich Waters
Line Strand, Hushållningssällskapet
10.00 – 10.30Water planning at Strömsholm National Equestrian Center
Linda Kjellberg, environmental coordinator, Strömsholm
10.30 – 11.00Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00Site visit, Strömsholm
12.00 – 13.00Lunch
13.00 – 13.30Bus back to Västerås

About the organisers

The EU-funded project LIFE IP Rich Waters started in January 2017. The overall goal is to improve the aquatic environment in the Northern Baltic Sea River Basin District. LIFE IP Rich Waters is a partnership between national authorities, municipalities, companies, researchers and water preservation associations. Among other things, project partners have developed a method for water planning at horse farms to identify and describe high risks of nutrient leaching.

Practical information

Venue: The conference takes place at Hotel Plaza, Kopparbergsvägen 10 in central Västerås: Day 2 includes a field trip to Strömsholm National Equestrian Center, approximately 30 minutes by bus from Västerås:

Food: Vegetarian lunch, coffee and snacks are provided to conference participants both days. Please inform us of any food allergies or special requirements in advance.

Questions? Contact Rosita Ericsson, or Lova Lind,


apr 24 - 25 2024


10:00 - 13:30


Hotel Plaza, Västerås
Kopparbergsvägen 10