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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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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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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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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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