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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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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

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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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The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is finished. Here’s how the final version reflects your feedback.

Government expands conservation areas, protects watersheds and native grasslands in southern Alberta

Alberta Environment and Parks

SSRP bannerThe SSRPhas been a long time in the making. Over three phases of consultation we heard from 7,500 Albertans and received 2,000 online workbooks and written submissions.

The views and ideas we heard were diverse to say the least (you can check out all the summaries of the consultation sessions here). But there were also some concerns and ideas that we heard in almost every community we visited. We’ve made changes based on those comments.

Today, we’re happy to announce that the SSRP has been finalized. Here are some of the changes we’ve made to reflect your feedback: SSRP sign Taber 2013

  • More land for the Castle Wildland Provincial Park (now 54,588 hectares) and Pekisko Heritage Rangeland (34,356 hectares)
  • A formal commitment to work with our stakeholders to explore conservation opportunities in the Twin River and Onefour Heritage Rangeland Natural Areas of the grasslands
  • Improved connectivity for wildlife habitats, both within…

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Work progresses on Kananaskis Country flood recovery |

Restoring flood-damaged parks infrastructure in Kananaskis Country will boost tourism and enhance outdoor recreation.

Kananaskis Country sustained the most extensive damage in its 36-year history from the June 2013 flood. The Alberta government committed $60 million to restore 41 damaged campgrounds, 51 day-use areas and over 160 kilometres of recreation trails with more than 65 trail bridges.

Primary projects include:

  • King Creek (to protect the Pocaterra Housing Subdivision), Etherington Creek (to allow repairs to the Etherington Campground, Group Campground and Day Use/Staging Areas),
  • Kananaskis River (to protect the Nakiska snowmaking intakes and pump house, and Kananaskis Country Golf Course), and
  • Evan Thomas Creek (to protect the Mount Kidd RV Park and Kananaskis Country Golf Course)
  • Trail crews are working on high-priority repair work. Nine trail projects are completed, 23 are planned for completion in 2014, and 43 are planned for completion over the next two years.
  • Planning and detailed design is underway on priority campgrounds, group camps, day-use areas, trails, bridges, underground infrastructure and water treatment plants.
  • More than 700 volunteers and 50 corporations have expressed an interest in assisting with flood recovery efforts, from trail work to program support.

The majority of the investment to restore parks infrastructure damaged by the June 2013 flood is expected to be reimbursed through the federal government’s Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.

Information on flood recovery work underway in Kananaskis Country will be available during Parks Day on July 20 in Bow Valley Provincial Park.

Work progresses on Kananaskis Country flood recovery |

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Announcing the First Nationally-Certified Trail Riding and Tourism Instructors, Guides and Evaluators

Congratulations to the first class of certified trail Instructors, Evaluators and Guides, including 8 Albertans: Neil Maclaine, Undine Maclaine, Tracy Klettl, Timothy Mearns, and Ruth Ratcliffe!

Photo Credit: Equine Canada

Photo Credit: Equine Canada

The new Canadian Trail Riding and Tourism Certification Program kick started their series of national certification evaluations in New Brunswick at the Broadleaf Guest Ranch held June 11-13. Eighteen people from eight provinces took part in this ground-breaking event for trail riding in Canada and are now certified as professionals in the trail riding industry. Equine Canada is pleased to announce the following list of recently certified trail riding guides and trail evaluators.

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RIDERS4HELMETS Announces International Helmet Awareness Day 2014

International Helmet Awareness Day- July 12, 2014! Get educated and take the time to check out some of the new, lightweight helmet styles for all disciplines.  Look for participating retailers at: to find one offering  one-time special discounts on helmet purchases only on International Helmet Awareness Day! Keep your noggin safe !

Here’s some good stats to keep in mind from the Equestrian Medical Safety Association:

  • A fall from two feet can cause permanent brain damage. A horse elevates a rider eight feet or more above ground.
  • A human skull can be shattered by an impact of 4 to 6miles per hour. Horses can gallop at 30 to 40 miles per hour.

Retailers! get involved in the event by registering at

Helmet brands that have committed involvement in International Helmet Awareness Day 2014 to date include: Antares-Sellier, Champion, Charles Owen, Devon Aire, Gatehouse, GPA, International Riding Helmets (IRH), KEP Italia, LAS Helmets, One K, Ovation, Samshield, Tipperary, Troxel and Uvex.

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Equine Canada’s First Certification Event for Equestrian Tourism Professionals

2123D6BanffLakeLouiseTourismEquine Canada’s first national evaluation to certify professional Trail Leaders, Trail Riding Instructors, Guides and Evaluators will be held at Broadleaf Guest Ranch in New Brunswick, from June 11-13. Twenty-two people from eight different provinces will be travelling east hoping to be the first certified professionals of the Trail Riding and Tourism Certification program.The Trail Riding and Tourism Certification Program was developed to support and enhance the trail riding and equestrian tourism industry in Canada. With clear industry standards, professional trail leaders, trail riding instructors and trail guides will ensure that all Canadians and visiting tourists have the opportunity to safely enjoy and explore the country on horseback.

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