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Trail Riding and Tourism Certification Program Evaluation in Banff, AB

Second Pilot Evaluation to be held in Banff National Park, October 20 – 22, 2014!

#1 low res(2)Fresh of the heels of the highly successful pilot launch delivered in Eastern Canada at the Broadleaf Guest Ranch, Equine Canada is thrilled to be able to announce another  joint venture, this time in Canada’s west, with Holiday on Horseback who will host the next  Trail riding and Tourism Certification program pilot evaluation. For 52 years, Holiday on Horseback has been taking guests deep into the backcountry of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park. They are also part of the Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE) collection – once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences found in Canada.

To get the best out of this experience, Equine Canada will organize a pre-evaluation training session and post evaluation backcountry adventure in order to help participants understand and experience part of this outdoor program. The training (October 18-19)and backcountry (October 23-25) adventure are open to all participants, no requirement, however, the evaluation pilot program (October 20-22) is designed for those interested in becoming recognized by the Trail Riding and Tourism Certification program (TRTCP) as competent and skilled people in their area of knowledge. This certification program is a tool to enhance industry standards, insuring the quality of the services delivered by the certified Guides or Trail Riding Instructors.

The three day trail ride has been arranged at the Sundance Lodge This Lodge was built by Canadian Pacific Railway back in the 1920’s, and the original cabin remains standing and was declared a historical site in 1990. It was used as a refuge for mountain guides and packers traveling to Mount Assiniboine, whose names you can still see carved into the logs of the building.

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UPDATE: Trail Riding and Tourism Certification Second Pilot Event in Alberta — Postponed
Ottawa, ON Aug 19, 2014 — Upon evaluation of the successful inaugural Trail Riding and Tourism program pilot held in eastern Canada this summer, Equine Canada is temporarily postponing the second event to integrate insights gained by conducting the first pilot and will re-launch the program in western Canada shortly. We thank those who expressed their interest in the Alberta event and hope you’ll join us again when the program continues in the near future.


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Collaboration defines 10-year Alberta Sport Plan

System-wide collaboration will make Alberta a national leader in sport. That’s the commitment and vision in Going the Distance: The Alberta Sport Plan 2014-2024

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The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is finished. Here’s how the final version reflects your feedback.

Government expands conservation areas, protects watersheds and native grasslands in southern Alberta

Alberta Environment and Parks

SSRP bannerThe SSRPhas been a long time in the making. Over three phases of consultation we heard from 7,500 Albertans and received 2,000 online workbooks and written submissions.

The views and ideas we heard were diverse to say the least (you can check out all the summaries of the consultation sessions here). But there were also some concerns and ideas that we heard in almost every community we visited. We’ve made changes based on those comments.

Today, we’re happy to announce that the SSRP has been finalized. Here are some of the changes we’ve made to reflect your feedback: SSRP sign Taber 2013

  • More land for the Castle Wildland Provincial Park (now 54,588 hectares) and Pekisko Heritage Rangeland (34,356 hectares)
  • A formal commitment to work with our stakeholders to explore conservation opportunities in the Twin River and Onefour Heritage Rangeland Natural Areas of the grasslands
  • Improved connectivity for wildlife habitats, both within…

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Work progresses on Kananaskis Country flood recovery |

Restoring flood-damaged parks infrastructure in Kananaskis Country will boost tourism and enhance outdoor recreation.

Kananaskis Country sustained the most extensive damage in its 36-year history from the June 2013 flood. The Alberta government committed $60 million to restore 41 damaged campgrounds, 51 day-use areas and over 160 kilometres of recreation trails with more than 65 trail bridges.

Primary projects include:

  • King Creek (to protect the Pocaterra Housing Subdivision), Etherington Creek (to allow repairs to the Etherington Campground, Group Campground and Day Use/Staging Areas),
  • Kananaskis River (to protect the Nakiska snowmaking intakes and pump house, and Kananaskis Country Golf Course), and
  • Evan Thomas Creek (to protect the Mount Kidd RV Park and Kananaskis Country Golf Course)
  • Trail crews are working on high-priority repair work. Nine trail projects are completed, 23 are planned for completion in 2014, and 43 are planned for completion over the next two years.
  • Planning and detailed design is underway on priority campgrounds, group camps, day-use areas, trails, bridges, underground infrastructure and water treatment plants.
  • More than 700 volunteers and 50 corporations have expressed an interest in assisting with flood recovery efforts, from trail work to program support.

The majority of the investment to restore parks infrastructure damaged by the June 2013 flood is expected to be reimbursed through the federal government’s Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.

Information on flood recovery work underway in Kananaskis Country will be available during Parks Day on July 20 in Bow Valley Provincial Park.

Work progresses on Kananaskis Country flood recovery |

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David Ziegler and Peninsula Top Man. Photo Credit — Cealy Tetley



Canadian dressage riders continued their winning ways on day two at the 2014 North American Junior Young Rider Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.  Beiseker, AB resident and Young Rider, David Ziegler who collected the Individual Silver medal for his performance with Peninsula Top Man, scoring 68.289%.  Junior Rider, Rakeya Moussa aboard Merlin Nemorensis, placed 22nd in the Individual Championship with a score of 63.053%.


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Katelyn Cooper of Calgary, AB and Casino Royale posted a clear round in a time of 75.92 seconds, which put the pair in 24th place. Photo Credit:

Calgarian Junior Team, Meagan Beunder and Katelyn Cooper are preparing for the Nations’ Cup following their findividual Phase One Qualifier.  Cooper adn Casino Royal posted a clear round in 75.92 seconds, giving her a score of4.98 putting the pair in 24th place.  Beunder, riding RRC Black Magic owned by 9447000 Alberta Ltd is sitting in 33rd place with a time of 71.90 with 12 faults giving a converted score of 8.97.



Currently leading CH-Y** Division is David Ziegler of Beiseker, AB riding his second horse of the competition, Critical Decision, with a score of 46.3. Photo credit: Cealy Tetley

Currently leading CH-Y** Division is David Ziegler of Beiseker, AB riding his second horse of the competition, Critical Decision, with a score of 46.3.
Photo credit: Cealy Tetley


Canadian Eventers are in the lead following dressage rounds, including David Ziegler who is currently leading the CH-Y** division riding his second horse of the competition, Critical Decision to a score of 46.3.

Read the full NAJYRC Daily Wrap Up for July 17 2014 from EC

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Canadian Reining Committee Announces World Equestrian Games Team

June 17, 2014 – Equine Canada and the Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) is pleased to announce the Canadian Reining Team for the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Normandy, FRA, 23 August – 7 September, 2014.

The declared riders in alphabetical order are:

Rider    Home Town   
Lisa Coulter
Josiane Gauthier
Matthew Hudson
Cody Sapergia
Princeton, BC
Lucama, NC
Marieville, QC
Lermoos, AUT


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Equine Canada Announces Para-Dressage Team for 2014 World Equestrian Games

June 11, 2014 – Equine Canada is pleased to announce the Canadian Para-Dressage Team members who will be representing Canada at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Normandy, FRA August 23–September 7, 2014.

The selected Canadian Para-Dressage Team members, in alphabetical order, are Robyn Andrews(NL), Lauren Barwick (BC), Ashley Gowanlock (BC) and Roberta Sheffield (GB).

The WEG Para-Dressage competition will take place August 25–29, 2014. Complete details about WEG may be found

View the full release from Equine Canada

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Alberta’s David Ziegler named to the Canadian Eventing Team for NAJYRC

Congratulations to David Zeiger of Beiseker,AB and Critical Decision who have been announced by the Canadian Eventing Committee to  represent Canada on Team Alberta in the Young Rider Two Star Championships at the 2014 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships July 15-20th in Lexington, Kentucky.

David will be supported by Team Alberta chef d’equipe – Kathleen Ziegler and Coach Missy Ransehousen.

David will also be representing Canada on the BC/AB/MB Young Rider Dressage Team

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VaultCanada names Canadian Vaulting Team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games

The Vaulting Team that will represent Canada at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy is almost completely made up of Albertans!  Additionally is will be the first time Canada has ever sent a Squad or Pas de Deux competitors to WEG.

Named as individuals in alphabetical order are:
Vaulter / Home Town
Alisa Schmidt / Chilliwack, BC
Jeanine van der Sluijs / Olds, AB

Named as a Pas de Deux in alphabetical order are:
Vaulter / Home Town
Brooke Boyd / Olds, AB and Todd Griffiths / Aetna, AB
Angelique van der Sluijs / Olds, AB and Jeanine van der Sluijs / Olds, AB

Named as a Squad in alphabetical order are:
Vaulter / Home Town
Brooke Boyd / Olds, AB
Todd Griffiths / Aetna, AB
Shianne Hofer / Olds, AB
Haigen Pavan / Olds, AB
Dallyn Shields / Didsbury, AB
Angelique van der Sluijs / Olds, AB
Jeanine van der Sluijs / Olds, AB

Joining the competitors are chef d’equipe: Becky Marland, Team Coach: Hannah Marland, both of Rocky Mountain House, AB and Team Manager: Wendy Gayfer

“I am proud to say that Canada, for the first time, is able to send a Squad and two Pas de Deux as well as two Individual athletes to WEG this year,” said vaulting chef d’equipe, Becky Marland. “It is an exciting progression for vaulting in Canada, and we will see even more growth in the coming years leading up to WEG 2018.”

Read the full release from Equine Canada

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BMO Alberta Equestrian Federation MasterCard offer

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