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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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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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2015 Pan Am Games – One week to go! Be part of the action

We’re at T-minus seven days and counting until general ticket sales for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games begins. Starting Monday, December 8 at 1 p.m. (ET), tickets will be on sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

That’s just seven more sleeps until your chance to buy the hottest tickets to see the best athletes in the Americas and Caribbean compete in 36 sports, including up to 18 Olympic Games qualifiers! Continue reading

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Call for Nominations – Join the AEF Team!

The AEF is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors.  Elections will be held at the AEF Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10:30 am at the Airdrie Agriculture Centre, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie, Alberta, in the Theatre.

Interested in joining the AEF team?  Please complete a Nomination Form

For more information on becoming an AEF board member, please contact Sonia Dantu, AEF Executive Director at

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AEF seeking nominations for Alberta Sport Recognition Awards

The Alberta Sport Connection recognizes and honours the significant contributions of individuals/teams who devote their time and effort to the development of sport. These are lifetime awards and are presented with the highest honours. The 2014 Athlete /Team of the Year, Coach Developer, Coaching, Officiating and Volunteer Recognition Awards will be presented at the Alberta Sport Leadership Conference – Awards Banquet in Banff on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Help the AEF nominate outstanding individuals within the sport of Equestrian today!

Alberta Sport Recognition Award Criteria

AEF Nomination Form

Note: The AEF has created a simplified nomination form to facilitate the nomination process.  Submit the AEF Nomination form above to and the AEF will work directly with nominees to gather the in-depth info required to complete the nomination. We look forward to receiving your nominations!

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2014 Live Outside the Box Program winners

The Alberta Equestrian Federation is so pleased to announce the prize winners of the 2014 Live Outside the Box Program, (remember you are all winners for participating too!!!):

LOTB-1st placeLOTB-2nd placeLOTB-3rd place

1st Place Prize – Vivitar Pro Sport Camera
2nd Place Prize –  Digital Camera
3rd Place Prize – Ipod Shuffle

Awarded to the top 3 in each of the categories: Highest Horse Time, Lowest Screen Time, Highest Hours of Outdoor Activities

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AEF Special General Meeting- Nov 8th, 2014

An AEF Special General meeting will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, Nov 8th in the Theatre Room of the Airdrie Agricultural Center (view map)  to vote on proposed bylaw changes.  The AEF bylaws have undergone a full revision and members are encouraged to attend and vote their acceptance or rejection of the new bylaws that have been proposed.  The AEF is a member-driven organisation and we rely on getting input from our members so that we may best serve our members’ interests.

Some of the major changes/amendments that are proposed would include (but are not limited to):

  • the ability for members to cast votes by electronic means rather than being restricted to voting in-person.
  • introduction of terms for elected AEF board positions
  • slight revision of the board structure

View the meeting agenda

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Margaret Johnston 1943-2014

Margaret_Johnston_1943-2014Margaret Anne Johnston passed away on August 8, 2014 in Didsbury at the age of 70 years. Margaret was born September 1, 1943 to Nels and Jessie Petersen. She was raised on the family farm at Harmattan and attended the Harmattan School and Sundre High School. She graduated in 1961 and went on to the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1964. Margaret married Jack Johnson in 1965 and together they had two children Ivy and Donald. They raised Pinto horses and were active in both the Pinto Horse Association and the Didsbury Light Horse Association. Following her separation she moved to her farm west of Didsbury where she resided for the rest of her life. Margaret had an active nursing career at the Didsbury Hospital for 25 years, after which she had a foot care private practice for another 20 years. She remained active in the Light Horse Association and received an award for 50 years of service in 2013. Margaret was instrumental in the development of the Mountain View Special Riding Association and remained active with it for several years. She was an approved steward for the Canadian Equestrian Federation. She enjoyed showing and trail riding for many years, especially with her favourite gelding “Runner”.


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BMO Alberta Equestrian Federation MasterCard offer

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