My EYE project in Belgium
The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme gave me a fantastic opportunity to be part of an enterprise of horse breeding and of show jumping horses in one of the best countries in the world for the business: Belgium.
My experience of 15 years as an employee with management functions of breeding and equestrian Centre in Northern Italy, Pavia, created the conditions to become an independent entrepreneur in 2018 because I wanted to start a business on my idea of breeding horses.
I have always been inspired by the sectorial business culture of Belgium but I never had the chance to get to know this market from the inside: the EYE Programme offered me this opportunity.
When my father heard and told me about the Programme in a radio announcement, I ran to the closest contact point in Milan where we started to prepare my exchange.
The sector was very specific and I found a very interesting company and I suggested they join the Programme. My Host Entrepreneur Frantz Ducci proved to be extremely open to guiding me through this adventure. We started the exchange and I transferred my competition horses and breeding foals to his beautiful facility in Enghien.
During my six-month exchange, thanks to the continuous mentoring of my HE, I was able to obtain a rich experience in many fields. I learned the rules of the competitions in Belgium where I also took part with my horses, preparing them every day at Frantz’s stable.
I was able to attend very important events such as the European Championship in Rotterdam, the World Championship of Young Horses in Lanaken and the Stephex Master in Brussels. I also had the opportunity to follow the breeding activity in a completely country different to Italy, learning the various types of management and I was able to compare myself to qualified professionals on the genealogical lines to be developed, according to the market trends and the sports results that determine them. I also got in touch with many figures in this world, such as professional riders, world-renowned breeders and several clients.
I was finally able to invest in learning foreign languages: I improved my English on a daily basis and now I also speak French more fluently. My HE found a good Italian partner and we will keep collaborating.
So after this wonderful experience and thanks to My HE Franz, I feel stronger and more aware and experienced as entrepreneur and I’m ready to take efficient decisions for my business and my horses.
Susanna Cremaschi (IT)
I'm Italian entrepreneur of 38 years old that has an exchange in Belgium in the area of breeding and training of sport horses.
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