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2014 EC/NCCP Coaching Awards

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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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YOUR AEF BENEFITS ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE

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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EQUINE CANADA/NCCP NATIONAL COACHING AWARDS

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 http://www.equinecanada.ca/endurance/SelectionCriteria.

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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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Proposed 2015 Equine Canada Rule Changes Now Available for Review and Comment

The 2015 rule change proposals are now posted on the Equine Canada website for public comment.

The National Rules Committee and the respective discipline rules committees will consider pertinent public comments and modify/correct/withdraw any rule change proposals requiring attention prior to October 15, 2014.

Finalized rule changes will be posted on the Equine Canada website by December 1, 2014, to be effective January 1, 2015.

To send comments or questions regarding Equine Canada rules process, please contact the competitions department at rules@equinecanada.ca.

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Canadian Jumping Team Named for World Equestrian Games

Jump Canada is pleased to announce the jumping athletes who will represent Canada at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, FRA August 23 – September 7, 2014.

Named to the Team in alphabetical order are

Rider / Home Town / Horse / Owner

Yann Candele / Caledon, ON / Showgirl / Watermark Group
Tiffany Foster / Schomberg, ON / Verdi III / Artisan Farms, LLC
Eric Lamaze / Schomberg, ON / Zigali P S / Artisan Farms, LLC
Ian Millar / Perth, ON / Dixson / Susan and Ariel Grange
Chris Sorensen / Caledon, ON / Bobby / Chris Sorensen and Britland Hughes

Leading and supporting the Team into Normandy are chef d’équipe, Mark Laskin, veterinarian, Dr. Sylvie Surprenant, team manager, Karen Hendry-Ouellette and stable manager, Darren Roberts.

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NAJYRC Update

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David Ziegler and Peninsula Top Man. Photo Credit — Cealy Tetley

 

Dressage:

Canadian dressage riders continued their winning ways on day two at the 2014 North American Junior Young Rider Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.  Beiseker, AB resident and Young Rider, David Ziegler who collected the Individual Silver medal for his performance with Peninsula Top Man, scoring 68.289%.  Junior Rider, Rakeya Moussa aboard Merlin Nemorensis, placed 22nd in the Individual Championship with a score of 63.053%.

 

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Katelyn Cooper of Calgary, AB and Casino Royale posted a clear round in a time of 75.92 seconds, which put the pair in 24th place. Photo Credit: http://www.stockimageservices.com

Jumpers:
Calgarian Junior Team, Meagan Beunder and Katelyn Cooper are preparing for the Nations’ Cup following their findividual Phase One Qualifier.  Cooper adn Casino Royal posted a clear round in 75.92 seconds, giving her a score of4.98 putting the pair in 24th place.  Beunder, riding RRC Black Magic owned by 9447000 Alberta Ltd is sitting in 33rd place with a time of 71.90 with 12 faults giving a converted score of 8.97.

 

 

Currently leading CH-Y** Division is David Ziegler of Beiseker, AB riding his second horse of the competition, Critical Decision, with a score of 46.3. Photo credit: Cealy Tetley

Currently leading CH-Y** Division is David Ziegler of Beiseker, AB riding his second horse of the competition, Critical Decision, with a score of 46.3.
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Eventing:

Canadian Eventers are in the lead following dressage rounds, including David Ziegler who is currently leading the CH-Y** division riding his second horse of the competition, Critical Decision to a score of 46.3.

Read the full NAJYRC Daily Wrap Up for July 17 2014 from EC


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Canadian Reining Committee Announces World Equestrian Games Team

June 17, 2014 – Equine Canada and the Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) is pleased to announce the Canadian Reining Team for the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Normandy, FRA, 23 August – 7 September, 2014.

The declared riders in alphabetical order are:

Rider    Home Town   
Lisa Coulter
Josiane Gauthier
Matthew Hudson
Cody Sapergia
Princeton, BC
Lucama, NC
Marieville, QC
Lermoos, AUT

 

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