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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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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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Import Restrictions Lifted for Horses from Texas entering Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has removed import restrictions on horses from Texas entering Canada that were put in place due to a 2014 outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the state.

The restrictions on the imports of horses from Colorado are still in effect. It is recommended that horse owners avoid going to this state.

Current import requirements for horses entering Canada may be found using the CFIA Automated Import Reference System (AIRS). To determine specific import requirements for each horse, specific parameters that refer to each horse’s circumstances will need to be entered and customized import requirements will be provided.

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

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

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Animal Health Week Sept 28-Oct 4, 2014

Animal_Health_WeekThe Canadian Veterinary Medical Association is highlighting antimicrobial stewardship during Animal Health Week from September 28 to October 4, 2014. It is an opportunity to promote veterinarians as responsible stewards of the important medications that keep animals and humans healthy.

Using the campaign slogan Our Role, Our Responsibility, we will encourage animal owners to trust in their veterinarian, use antibiotics safely and keep their pets healthy.

Animal owners should know that veterinarians are responsible stewards of the important medications that keep animals and humans healthy. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but their use must be appropriate in order to preserve the effectiveness of these drugs. Not all illnesses require an antibiotic prescription – testing may be required in order for a veterinarian to determine whether or not an antibiotic is required. Antibiotics should be administered exactly as prescribed by a veterinarian. Healthy animals can better fight off potential illnesses. A healthy lifestyle includes regular veterinary visits, vaccinations, parasite prevention, exercise and good nutrition.

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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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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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BMO Alberta Equestrian Federation MasterCard offer

400 Bonus AIR MILES reward miles. That’s enough for 4 movie tickets, popcorn & more!

BMO-Alberta-Equestrian-webApply for a BMO®† Alberta Equestrian Federation AIR MILES® MasterCard®* by August 31, 2014 and earn 400 Bonus AIR MILES reward miles after your first card purchase.That’s enough for 4 movie tickets, popcorn & more! Plus, every time you use your card to make a purchase, a payment is made to AEF from BMO Bank of Montreal to support the growth of equestrian sport, recreation and industry in Alberta, at no additional cost to you.



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