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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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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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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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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!!!):

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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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2015 Proclaimed the Year of Sport in Canada

On October 16, the Harper Government proclaimed 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada. This is an historic and wonderful announcement that underscores and celebrates the key role that sport plays in Canada.

The Year of Sport is a proactive pan-Canadian initiative implemented to celebrate sport in Canada and the role it plays in enhancing the lives of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. During the year, sport events and other celebratory activities will highlight how sport benefits Canadians. Please pass the word along and use this occasion to profile and promote sport.


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Canadian Show Jumping Team Clinches BMO Nations Cup Title at Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows Masters 2014The Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Ben Asselin, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar clinched victory in the $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup held Saturday, September 13, at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary, AB. The win marked the second victory for Canada in the event’s history, having previously won in 2006.  The BMO Nations’ Cup has been held at Spruce Meadows since 1977.

Calgary’s own Ben Asselin posted double clear rounds in his $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup debut to lead Canada to victory riding Makavoy, an 11-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Hors la Loi II x Ahorn) owned by Attaché Stables. Continue reading

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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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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