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.
HippoBase is an online event management and entry system for the preparation of big international
horse shows. Members of the organizing committee can manage entries, accreditation and
accommodation for riders as well as their local staff in a common online database.
HippoBase is used by some 40 horse shows every year and has served many major FEI Championships since 2006, including the World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006, Kentucky 2010 and Normandy 2014.
In 2008 Equinis introduced its on-site accreditation service. Names can be prepared by the OC online in HippoBase and Equinis comes to your event and delivers everything to produce the picture passes. We can take pictures of people when they arrive in seconds and print on paper or PVC cards. Our software has specialised functions to manage the athlete+companions situation typical for sports events and is particularly efficient in a "live" situation with people declared at last minute.
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 SAP on XML, C++, Java and special purpose webservers.