Equinis came into being through the creation of the equestrian online entry system HippoBase. HippoBase was introduced in 2003 by graduate computer scientist Andreas Steidle in Germany. The idea was based on the practical experience gained by the founder while working at the World Equestrian Games 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera/Spain.
Andreas Steidle, now managing director and chief software architect of Equinis, stems from a horse family and has bred and trained several horses. He has lived in Germany, Canada, Switzerland, France and Spain and studied computer science at the ETH Zürich and the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz. Before starting up his own IT business, he worked for Silicon Graphics on a database web front-end, IBM Research on smartcards and electronic payment systems and SAF on XML, C++, Java and special purpose webservers.
The reliability of our services has been proved by a flawless processing of the data at the World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006 with some 1000 competitors, 2000 hotel bookings and over 5000 accreditations. This undoubtedly makes Equinis the leading provider of consulting and software services for the preparation of international equestrian events.
Due to the nature of the services delivered by HippoBase, we are at the point of intersection of national federations, event organizers, the FEI, competitors and computer result service companies. This allows us to gain a global picture of the data flow in the sport and develop a strategy on how to integrate currently unrelated "data islands" with each other.
A simple example of a traditional procedure: When a competitor comes to the show office during an event information on him/her can be checked very easily. Horses and their passports are checked during the so-called horse inspection almost weekly at events. Despite the relative ease and the continuous repetition of checking, until now this has not led to a consolidated collection of reliable data, neither for events nor for national federations.
Recently the internet has seen many successful implementations of collaborative software, sometimes also described with the buzz word "Web 2.0". If people from the equestrian organizations mentioned above are given a possibility to cooperate on a common platform unprecedented efficiency and up-to-dateness can be reached. This is the driving vision behind HippoBase!
And HippoBase covers a decent bit on the way to this vision today: Only an accountable collaboration between equestrian institutions on a trustful give-and-take basis will make data handling in this sport truly efficient and worthwhile. With HippoBase we have introduced a controlled return delivery of modifications made during an event to the national archives. HippoBase also maintains and delivers FEI IDs to computer result service companies. Such IDs are indispensable to insert results in any kind of global result database automatically.
Only an accountable collaboration between equestrian institutions on a trustful give-and-take basis will make data handling in this sport truly efficient and worthwhile.