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Team Canada Gears Up for Games: Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 are Officially Open

Canadian flags waved proudly on August 23 during the Opening Ceremonies of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, FRA-where François Hollande,President of France, officially pronounced the Games open for 15 days of thrilling competition.

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Endurance Team member, Leanna Marchant from Calgary, AB, and Canadian Reining Team member Josiane Gauthier of Lucama, BC proudly lead the Canadian contingent during the opening ceremony parade of nations. Photo – Cealy Tetley

More than 70 Canadians took to the d’Ornano Stadium during the parade of nations, which showcased riders from all 74 countries who will be competing at the Games in the eight FEI disciplines of Dressage, Driving, Eventing, Endurance, Jumping, Reining, Para-Equestrian, and Vaulting.

More than 20,000 spectators were in attendance at the d’Ornano Stadium to welcome the athletes during the parade of nations. Canadian Reining Team member Josiane Gauthier of Lucama, BC, and Endurance Team member Leanna Marchant from Calgary, AB, proudly led the Canadian contingent around the d’Ornano Stadium. At the completion of country introductions, Canadian Olympian and Dressage Team member, Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, was honoured with the role of flag bearer for Canada.
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Ex police horse to compete with AB vaulters at WEG


Credit: Arjen-van-der-Spek

Credit: Arjen-van-der-Spek

A 19-year-old retired Scottish police horse, ILPH Islay will compete for Canada with Albertan sisters, Jeanine and Angelique van der Sluijs.

In a heart-warming story, Islay seems to have found his stride after some initial struggles.  As a police horse, he found loud noises scary and would not stand still at football matches, so in 2002 he was retired from the Strathclyde Police Mounted Branch and surrendered to the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) now World Horse Welfare .  Islay underwent an extensive rehab program there when it was identified he had some hind end lameness and suffered from back spasms.  Getting a clean bill of health a year later he was then loaned to Liz Mackay who introduced him to the sport of Vaulting.  He hasn’t looked back!  He has competed successfully, lunged by Liz,  in many international vaulting competitions and championships, most recently with the van der Sluijs sisters in Aachen, Germany.

Follow the training progress of Jeanine, Angelique and the other AB vaulters representing Canada at the World Equestrian Games on their blog: Alberta Vaulters: the road to WEG

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Equine Canada launches mobile app for WEG

ECappQRcodeDownload the official Equine Canada app and follow the Canadian Equestrian Team as they compete at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, the 2015 Pan American Games and other major international competitions. Created to provide all the Canadian Equestrian Team fans an exclusive experience during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, the app is available from the Apple Store, Google Play and Blackberry World. The app includes competition schedules, daily news updates, results, team bios and more. Stay connected with this exclusive app for CET fans around the world.

Follow this link, use this QR code or type Equine Canada in your app store to get connected now.
CONTEST! When you download the app, use the ‘Fan Photo‘ to take a picture wearing an official CET helmet. Post the picture to Twitter using the hashtag #CETWEG and @Equine_Canada for your chance to win CET apparel and an FEI TV annual subscription. The contestant with the most favourites and retweets at the end of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday August 23, 2014 will win the FEI TV subscription. The contestant with the most favourites and retweets at the end of the Closing Ceremony on Sunday September 7, 2014 will win a CET apparel prize pack! Equine Canada will announce winners  on Twitter.



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Canadian Jumping Team Named for World Equestrian Games

Jump Canada is pleased to announce the jumping athletes who will represent Canada at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, FRA August 23 – September 7, 2014.

Named to the Team in alphabetical order are

Rider / Home Town / Horse / Owner

Yann Candele / Caledon, ON / Showgirl / Watermark Group
Tiffany Foster / Schomberg, ON / Verdi III / Artisan Farms, LLC
Eric Lamaze / Schomberg, ON / Zigali P S / Artisan Farms, LLC
Ian Millar / Perth, ON / Dixson / Susan and Ariel Grange
Chris Sorensen / Caledon, ON / Bobby / Chris Sorensen and Britland Hughes

Leading and supporting the Team into Normandy are chef d’équipe, Mark Laskin, veterinarian, Dr. Sylvie Surprenant, team manager, Karen Hendry-Ouellette and stable manager, Darren Roberts.

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3rd annual AEF Wild Rose Trail Ride fundraiser- Sept 14, 2014

The AEF Wild Rose Trail ride is an annual event undertaken to raise funds to support non-profit therapeutic riding associations. Proceeds from the ride will be shared between the recipient non-profit groups which are selected from current AEF member clubs.

This year the AEF is pleased to be fundraising for the following organisations:

Join us and sponsor, Capri Insurance, on September 14, at the Red Lodge Guest Ranch in Bowden, AB.  Haul in your own horse, or rent one from the ranch.  Enjoy a country brunch buffet followed by your choice of a 2 or 3-hour relaxing ride through beautiful countryside.

Join us and help support these great organisations

To register visit our webpage

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Horses Test Positive for Vesicular Stomatitis in Weld County, Colorado – July 17, 2014

Horses have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Weld County, Colorado on July 17, 2014. Vesicular Stomatitis is a reportable disease as per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), meaning that horse owners must immediately report the presence of any horse suspected of being affected by the disease. The disease causes blister-like lesions to be formed on the inside of the mouth, nose and hooves, alongside flu like symptoms and anorexia.

The affected horses in Colorado have no history of travel. The facility was quarantined following the diagnosis. Cases have also been identified in the state of Texas in 2014. No cases have been suspected in Canada. Continue reading