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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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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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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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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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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