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Alberta Animal Health Source Website Goes Live


The Alberta Animal Health Source is the new ABVMA public micro-site. It is intended to serve as an online resource for pet owners, equine enthusiasts, and livestock producers in Alberta and around the world. 

The site will support and enhance the association’s social media presence. ABVMA advisory committee members are encouraged to provide content for the site, which is continually expanding and evolving.

The primary objective of The Alberta Animal Health Source is to provide trusted, reliable, veterinarian-approved information for animal lovers. Featured topics include: Antimicrobial Resistance, Professional Animal Dentistry, Transborder Rescues, Careers in Veterinary Medicine, Equine Infectious Anemia and Wild Horses. 


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Equine Canada Health Advisory: Biosecurity Update on EHM in Ontario

Health Alert

Ottawa, ON, Feb 27, 2015 – Horses have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the state of Arizona. 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.

As a result of the outbreaks in Arizona, the CFIA has issued the following amendments to import and export policies for horses travelling from the United States to Canada, effective immediately until further notice:

  1. A)   the importation of horses from the State of Arizona for all end-uses will be prohibited effective immediately (except for Canadian horses returning from Arizona (please see below), and;
  2. B)   for horses coming from the US, for all end-uses, from all other states, the following requirement applies:

During the previous twenty-one (21) days, the animal(s) in this shipment has/have not been in the states of Arizona.

For Canadian horses returning to Canada only:

Canadian horses will be able to enter Canada after a stay in Arizona with an import permit, testing and the following additional certification:

The animal(s) were inspected by a veterinarian within fifteen (15) days preceding the date of importation;

The animals(s) have not been on a premises where Vesicular Stomatitis (clinical or serology) has occurred during the 60 days immediately preceding exportation to Canada, nor has this disease occurred on any adjoining premises during the same period of time.

The animals must have tested negative to Vesicular Stomatitis using a cELISA test, during the fifteen (15) days prior to the date of importation into Canada.

The alternative option for Canadian horses returning is that they be moved to another state, stay there for at least 21 days and meet the following requirement:

During the previous twenty-one (21) days, the animal(s) in this shipment has/have not been in the states of Arizona.

For Canadian Horses going to and returning from the United States:

Horse owners should be advised of the current outbreak in Arizona, and it should be recommended that they avoid going to this state.

Note: Various US states may also prohibit movement into the state without permit/certification/testing/post-entry testing. The Canadian horse owner should check state requirements before movement.

Update on Colorado VS Outbreak:

The United States has advised the CFIA that the VS outbreak in Colorado has been resolved. In response, the CFIA has lifted all VS-related restrictions that had been applied on Colorado. The CFIA also lifted VS restrictions for the states of Texas and Nebraska. No cases of VS have been suspected in Canada.

Import conditions in AIRS have been adjusted accordingly:

Further information on vesicular stomatitis, including its clinical signs and transmission, can be found in the CFIA Vesicular Stomatitis Fact Sheet.

News release from Equine Canada

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2014 EC/NCCP Coaching Awards


The Alberta Equestrian Federation would like to thank its membership for participating in the 2014 EC/NCCP Coaching Awards!

We have received many nominations for some fantastic Equine Canada/NCCP Certified Instructor/Coaches in our province for the following categories: Coach Developer Award for Program Development, Coach Developer for Program Delivery, Community Coach of the Year, Competition Coach of the Year. The below coaches have been nominated and we would like to wish them all luck!

  • Carola Friesen – Western Coach 1
  • Valerie Mckay – English Coach 1
  • Jenny Horsey-Simpson – English Competition Coach
  • Lisa Wieben – Western Coach 1
  • Rita Condon – English Coach 2
  • Ashley Bishop (Sacha) – English Competition Coach
  • Suzanne Morin – English Coach 1
  • Linda Black – Western Coach 1
  • Sandra Oxtoby – English Competition Coach
  • Trish Mrakawa – English Coach 3
  • Ruth Ratcliffe – Western Coach 2
  • Simone Fortin – English Coach 1
  • Lynda Tennessen – English IOB
  • Barb Richard – Drive Coach 1
  • Stephanie Mah – English Coach 1
  • Sheri Donner-Watson – English Coach 1
  • Karen Jarvie – English Coach 1

Final Award recipients will be announced at the 2015 Equine Canada Convention March 25-29, 2015 in Gatineau Quebec.

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After thoroughly reviewing the Equine Canada (EC) proposed Bylaw changes, the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF), its Board of Directors and a majority of other Provincial Organizations have unanimously decided to vote against these proposed changes.

Why? As of today:

  • As an AEF Member YOU ARE automatically a member of Equine Canada;
  • YOU currently have a right to vote with Equine Canada and elect directors onto the board of Equine Canada; thus ensuring provincial representation at national level;
  • YOU have a right to vote to endorse the Bylaws of Equine Canada;
  • YOU must contribute financially to Equine Canada: 10 % of your AEF Provincial membership fee is sent to Equine Canada.

If the Equine Canada proposed bylaws are passed by the membership in Canada:

  • You will NO LONGER be a member of Equine Canada (only Sport License holders shall vote);
  • You will NO LONGER have the right to vote for provincial representation on the Equine Canada Board or vote to endorse any future Bylaws or changes (nor will the AEF);
  • You will be required to continue contributing financially to Equine Canada: 10% of your AEF provincial membership fee will be sent to Equine Canada.

This proposed article goes against the agreement signed between the provincial and territorial organizations and Equine Canada in 2011.

The AEF, as a Provincial Association (P/TA) member of Equine Canada, and the AEF Board of Directors believes it is our job to be transparent to our membership and explain the proposed changes and the effect it will have on you and your member benefits.

Under the EC proposed Bylaw changes, members will no longer have a voice in the future unless they are a sport license holder; the AEF will carry members’ votes (however the proposed changes include P/TA’s as a minority group).  In other words, members will become second class of both the AEF and EC.

The AEF and its Board of Directors does not have a right to tell members how to vote, but the AEF does have the responsibility to be transparent and ensure members are informed of significant changes that will affect them.

AEF-voteAs a member of the Alberta Equestrian Federation and a member of Equine Canada, you have the right to vote.

The floor is yours, it’s urgent!

The voting period has begun, members have from February 11 to 26, 2015 to cast their vote. Click this link and exercise your right today, before it’s too late.

For questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-877-463-6233 or contact Les Oakes, AEF President.

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About the Awards

The 2014 Equine Canada/NCCP National Coaching Awards recognize Coaches and Instructors from all disciplines and contexts who exemplify the coaching and teaching practices of the National Coaching Certification Program. Nominees are recognized for their contribution to the sport as an instructor and coach, whether their students are active in competitive sport, or are recreational sport participants.

Award Categories

Coach Developer Award for Program Development This award will recognize an outstanding contributor to the promotion, growth and development of Equine Canada’s NCCP programs.
Coach Developer Award for Program Delivery This award will recognize a Learning Facilitator, Evaluator, Master Learning Facilitator or Master Evaluator for their exceptional ability to mentor and develop certified coaches and instructors.
Community Coach of the Year This award will recognize a current and active certified Equine Canada NCCP Instructor or Coach working with entry level athletes. They focus on the complete development of their athletes, are a positive role model, promote the Learn to Ride and Drive programs, has the ability to improve athlete performance and continually strives to improve through professional development opportunities.
Competitive Coach of the Year This award will recognize a current and active certified Equine Canada NCCP Coach working with competitive athletes. They respect everyone involved in competition and demonstrate good sportsmanship, focus on the complete development of their athletes, are a positive role model, has the ability to improve athlete performance, shares knowledge with other coaches and continually strives to improve through professional development opportunities.

Final award recipients will be announced at the Equine Canada Convention, publicly honoured on the Equine Canada website and in other media, and will receive a special recognition award.

To nominate a coach or instructor, complete the nomination form, and return it to your Provincial/Territorial Equestrian Association (Alberta Equestrian Federation in Alberta) by Friday, February 20, 2015.

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Endurance 2015 Team Selection Criteria for NAJYRC and Pan American Endurance Championship Now Available

Equine Canada and Endurance Canada International are pleased to announce that the Canadian team selection criteria are now available for both the 2015 Pan American Endurance Championship and the 2015 North American Junior Young Rider Championship. Visit the EC website for the selection criteria at

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Dressage Canada Introduces the M.H. Lessard Volunteer Awards

The equestrian community lost one of its greatest advocates and passionate volunteer with the recent, untimely passing of Marie-Helen Lessard, lovingly known by her nickname MH.

In recognition of the enormous volunteer contribution and to honour the values of volunteering that the late Marie-Helen Lessard brought to the Canadian equestrian community, in particular to Dressage Canada, the Dressage Canada Board unanimously agreed to re-dedicate our existing annual ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ as the ‘MH Lessard Volunteer of the Year Award’. Continue reading

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Boehringer Ingelheim-Equine Canada Horse Health and Welfare Award is Open for Nominations

Do you know of an individual or organization that has for an extended period of time, contributed directly to the improvement of the health and welfare of horses? Nominate them for the annual Boehringer Ingelheim-Equine Canada Horse Health and Welfare Award.

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Dr. Wayne Burwash named the 2015 Alberta Horse Industry Distinguished Service Award Winner

Distinguished Service AwardOn January 10, 2015, at the 33rd annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference, the Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA) proudly presented the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Wayne Burwash in recognition of his lasting influence and contributions to the equine industry in the province.

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2014 Trail Supporter project report: West Bragg Creek All Season Trail Plan

Merlin View Trail Construction Completed and East Telephone Trail Upgraded in West Bragg Creek

IMG_0296The AEF Trail Supporter Fund contributed $ 5,000 to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA) in 2014 for continued implementation of the West Bragg Creek All Season Trail Plan.  That funding was combined with $ 115,000 in funding from a variety of other contributors to complete 5 km of tread construction on the 6 km Merlin View all season trail loop and to upgrade 6 km of East Telephone trail to sustainable all season and cross country ski use.

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