It’s truly Chinese style: in most parts of the world horse people meet at horse fairs. In China you meet at a giant air conditioned exhibition hall with stalls where everyone (mostly foreign) shows photos of their wares (horses) while Chinese makers of tack and gear show photos and samples of their wares. Very few horses if any horses appear.

But happy to see that the equestrian expo set for early May in Guangzhou – it’ll be held in the same venue as the Canton Fair- will feature a recruitment zone. So if you’re looking for a job in the Chinese equestrian scene, better come here.

Most Chinese clubs tend to spend on their money on fancy clubhouses and then spend little or nothing on skilling their staff or hiring in outside experts. It’ll be interesting to see that change.