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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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Canadian Endurance Athletes are Prepared to Tackle the Desert in Dubai

Canadian endurance riders, Kathy Irvine of Blackfoot, AB and Jessica Manness of Oakbank, MB, were honoured with an invitation to compete in His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 8th Annual Endurance Cup beginning January 10, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. UAE time. This invitation-only event is an FEI 3* 160km race across the sandy Dubaï desert patterns.

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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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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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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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Canadian Endurance Riders Receive an Honourary Invitation

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Canadian endurance riders, Kathy Irvine of Blackfoot, AB and Jessica Manness of Dugald, MB, have been honoured with an invitation to compete in His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 8th annual Endurance Cup being held January 10, 2015. This invitation-only event will be a FEI 3* 160km race across the Dubaï desert.

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