CWD-VetLab: connected riding gets its own lab
An agreement officializing the creation of the CWD-VetLab was signed on Friday, July 14, 2017 during the Longines Global Champions Tour in Chantilly, France, near Paris. While fighter planes flew over the French capital’s Champs Elysées in celebration of the Bastille Day national holiday, another revolution in collaborative research on equine well-being and horse-rider performance was being toasted in Chantilly.
CWD-VetLab, the first shared laboratory combining a veterinary research unit and a business dedicated to equipment for sport horses and their riders, is supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR).
Connected riding, a unifying theme
As Laurent Duray explains: “This is a major stepping stone in CWD’s history, marking a collaborative venture
and a long-term commitment. It’s part of a strategy focusing on innovation, research, publications and new products. A global dynamic that will obviously benefit the company but also the entire equine sector with regard to the horse’s well-being and the performance of the horse-rider duo.” “This use of a cluster system, well-known to Silicon Valley, for associating the business world, university and research around the theme of connected riding, establishes a lasting economic model,” adds Pauline Martin, PhD in Biomechanics, head of CWD’s R&D team and co-director of CWD-VetLab.
The CWD-VetLab shared laboratory?