Norman’s next trot took him to the Ukraine situated between Russia and the Black Sea. Norman had heard some much about the Ukraine and was aware that it is the worlds largest producer of sunflower oil, a major global producer of grain and sugar, and future global player on meat and dairy markets. The Ukraine also produces more natural honey than any other European country. As the Ukraine possesses 30% of the world's richest black soil, its agricultural industry has huge potential. Norman was delighted to see the Alltech Ukrainian team were on hand to welcome him and bring him to his next port of call in the Ukraine, the Carpathian Mountain.
Norman got to meet a Hutsulyk horse, a native of the Ukraine
The Carpathian Mountain is in fact a land of forests, folklore, tradition and hospitality. The trail allowed Norman to gallop across vast green fields while weaving in and out of hay stacks, climb steep mountains for breathtaking views, all while experiencing the incredible history of Ukraine. On the trail Norman got to meet a Hutsulyk horse, a native of the Ukraine. These “heavenly horses” are well known for their tremendous willingness, athleticism and heart. Norman noted that this horse was of a strong constitution and due to its endurance and ability to carry significant loads through mountainous regions it is considered to be one of the best species in Ukraine. Norman was glad he only packed the essentials while on his travels, there was no way he would be able to carry heavy loads all day, every day.
After his long, lustrous trip through the mountain it was back to the city and back to work. Norman attended a Poultry workshop taking place in Kiev. Who knew there was so much to know about chickens? The workshop covered poultry production, mineral management and disease issues. Before the end of the seminar he decided to join independent Poultry Consultant, Dr. Yolanda Santos Lamata, from Spain, and invited the audience to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy.
As Norman galloped out of Ukraine he thought about his new friend the Hutsulyk horse and all the hard work he does. He wondered if there would be many Hutsulyk horses at the Games as he wanted to share his Ukrainian experience with them.