AEF Website Banner
May 3, 2013
Issue No. 9
In This Issue
Casino Volunteers
Biosecurity Update
AEF Combined Driving Officials' Cllinic
2013 Dressage Canada Judging Clinic
Want To Learn To Ride English/Western?
NCCP/EC Theory Courses
AEF 35th Anniversary
Quick Links
Coaching Clinics/Updates
Event/Competition Calendar
Contact Board of Directors
Office Staff
Make a Donation
Sponsorship Opportunities
AEF Business & Bylaws
Our Website

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for contests, info and updates!

Click these links:


Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter



2013 AEF Wild Rose Trail Ride

The Alberta Equestrian Federation will be hosting our 2nd annual Wild Rose Trail Ride this year on Sunday, September 22 2013 at Rafter Six Ranch.
Keep a look out for more info and registration form!
Have You Renewed Your Membership for 2013?

To renew your membership you can log into our website and complete it online. Or complete  this form and return with payment to our office.
AEF Member Photo
AEF Member: Don Fossum and Berry Ridge Bruno and Freckles

The AEF is always looking for photos of its members and their equine partners. Send us your photo and it might get featured in an upcoming publication!

Send to:
Refer a Member

If you are a new member and have been referred by an existing AEF Member, remember to include their Name (as it appears on their membership card)  AND their AEF Membership Number on your membership application so the referring member can receive a $5 credit toward their 2014 Membership Fees. 




New to the AEF Online Store

Equine Hydro-T
Hydrotherapeutic Massage Nozzle

The Hydra-T™ connects to your hose to provide pulsating water for equine therapy and bathing and is excellent for:

  • Sore joints, tendons and muscles
  • Decreases swelling and inflammation
  • Increases blood flow
  • Enhances healing of open wounds
  • Is Non-painful
  • Great for bathing our Equine Athletes

For a happy horse, order yours today!

$27.00 + GST + S&H



Visit the AEF Online Store  
Nobody's Horses

Nobody's Horses is a coffee table book by Calgary based nature and wildlife photographer, Gilles Korent.  Through his stunning photographs and written word, Korent takes the reader on a journey into the life of some of Alberta's remaining "wild horses".   The emphasis of this book shows the beauty of these magnificent animals; while, at the same time, portraying the horses' resilience to survival in the harsh environment of their habitat, the Eastern Slopes of the Canadian Rockies.

 $35.95 + GST+ S&H 

Ride & Drive Program
Ride and Drive

The Ride and Drive Program is a great program to keep equestrians motivated and staying active! Simply register for the program and receive your very own Ride and Drive Log book, pen, welcome certificate and letter and start logging the hours you spend in the saddle or driving your horse to win some great prizes! The hours you log never expire as long as you keep your Ride and Drive subscription active. There is no age restriction for this program - It is for the young and the young at heart!    


You can now submit your hours online by completing and emailing your form on the Ride and Drive website. 

For more details, to register and to find out what great prizes you can earn please visit our website at:   


Live Outside The Box
LOTB Banner


Are you 7-15 year old or do you know an AEF member who is 7-15 years old and Want a chance to win a Camcorder, a digital camera or an ipod!?

Dust off those boots, get outside and have some fun with a horse. You could win some great prizes for doing just that. We want you to spend less time in front of the TV and computer and spend more time outside being active. Less Screen Time and More Horse Time = Great Prizes! It's that easy!

This creative program has stirred up a lot of interest and enthusiasm over the years. AEF members from all over Alberta aged 7-15 are leaving the TV and computer behind and getting out and spending more time with their horse. Not surprisingly we receive a lot of support from parents too! Young members keep track of how they are spending their time this year from April 1st until September 30th of each year and win great prizes. You don't even have to own a horse to participate! If you are 7-15 years old and want to Live Outside the Box!


Click here for more information

Click here to download the 2013 registration form  




AEF Trail Supporter Program

The Alberta Equestrian Trail Supporter Program provides recreational riders the opportunity to support a funding initiative which addresses local, regional and provincial needs. By joining the Trail Supporter Program, you can help. The annual trail supporter fee is $35.00. These funds are used for trail development to provide facilities such as high lines, toilets, fire rings, signage, wells for stock watering, trail bridges, etc.



P'tit Trot

P'tit Trot is a riding book designed for children 5 years of age and over.
It is also a teaching program which allows children to learn the basics of English and Western riding with a horse or a pony, and to understand its world.
Generously illustrated and divided into four levels, P'tit Trot's amusing comments and the presence of fun characters makes initiation to riding simple. Everything has been done to help children discover on their own the ABC's of riding and basic care of horses and ponies.
However, the child can simultaneously explore riding at an equestrian centre, under the supervision of a qualified professional. An instructor will help the student learn all the notions presented in each chapter of the book. The instructor validates the knowledge acquired by presenting the child with a diploma for each level completed: bronze horseshoe; silver horseshoe; gold horseshoe; platinum horseshoe.

For more Information, visit  the P'tit Trot Website  

AEF/BMO Affinity Mastercard

Does it really matter which credit card you use?


Yes, it really does matter which credit card you use, and here's why.


When you choose the Alberta Equestrian Federation MasterCardŽ* from BMOŽ Bank of Montreal, every purchase you make helps support the growth of equestrian sport, recreation and industry in Alberta, with no additional cost to you.


Whether you're looking for great value in a card or are interested in higher levels of rewards, the BMO Alberta Equestrian Federation MasterCard offers you both.


If you don't have a BMO Alberta Equestrian Federation MasterCard yet, we invite you to review the card features online at If you already have one, Thank You for your support!


Make the choice that matters. Please help support the Alberta Equestrian Federation by applying today and selecting the card that makes sense for you.

Alberta Equestrian Federation
Suite 100, 251 Midpark Blvd SE
Calgary, AB   T2X 1S3
Fax:  403-252-5260  


AEF Member Satisfaction Survey


AEF Casino Volunteers Needed
Looking for a fun, exciting volunteer opportunity?
Volunteer for the AEF Casino this summer on Tues July 16 & Wed July 17, 2013!

You are invited to volunteer and we hope you will consider! If you are interested, here's what you need to know:The Alberta Equestrian Federation

  • All volunteers must be over the age of 18 and pass a criminal record check 
  • There are many past experienced volunteers and casino staff available to ensure you are comfortable and enjoy this experience
  • The dining room and deli are available for volunteers and costs are covered; if volunteers require special food, we notify the casino ahead of time
  • AEF Key Casino positions have been filled (GM, Banker, etc)
  • We are in need of additional volunteers in the Calgary area that are willing to be 1) Cashiers, 2) Chip Runners, 3) Count Room and 4) to be on call in the event someone is unable to attend at the last minute.
  • Please complete, sign and date an AEF Casino volunteer worker application; send to our office via fax or email.
  • Be sure to indicate which position you are interested in working and the times preferred (shifts are from either 10:30 am - 7:30 pm or 6:00 pm - close), count room is 10 pm until closing.
  • Volunteers are accepted on a first come, first serve basis upon available shifts

If you would like to volunteer for both days, please write this on your application (any volunteer working both days, must work the same position, e.g. you cannot work as a cashier one day and chip runner the next).

The AEF will pay for hotel and meals (volunteers will need to make their own accommodation arrangements). Best Western on MacLeod Trail 3630 MacLeod Trail S. 403-287-3900 is offering a special rate for AEF Casino Volunteers and includes a complementary hot/cold breakfast, free parking, free internet and a fitness centre. When you make your booking, mention you will be volunteering at Elbow River Casino for the Alberta Equestrian Federation. If you choose not to book with the Best Western, there are multiple hotels along MacLeod Trail as well as downtown Calgary. Elbow River Casino address is 218 18 Avenue SE Calgary, if you wish to do a map search of the address and see what other options are available to them.


We will confirm your participation at the AEF Casino and provide you with a schedule, expense form and other details you will need prior to the Casino. We will confirm as soon as possible.

The AEF uses Casino funding to help fund our programs and allows to us to provide and deliver services to members, we do hope you will consider volunteering to help support the AEF and our members.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Norma Cnudde at


Click here to download and complete the Casino Volunteer form 


Biosecurity Update
Confirmed Case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy in Wellington County


The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) has been notified of a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1), in Wellington County. A blood sample from a horse with severe neurological signs tested positive for EHV-1 neuropathogenic pathotypein early April. The horse was euthanized. After discussion with the veterinarian, the stable manager voluntarily placed the premises under a self-imposed quarantine to reduce the risk of viral spread. To date, there have been no further reports of equine illness on the farm.  


In 2012, there was one laboratory-confirmed case of EHM in Ontario.


EHV-1 infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion, neonatal foal death, and/or neurological disease. EHV-1 is not a federally reportable disease. It is immediately notifiable by laboratories under the reporting regulation of the provincial Animal Health Act.


Because infected horses may show no clinical signs, but still shed the virus, the temperature of suspect animals should be monitored twice daily for 14-21 days and any abnormalities discussed with a veterinarian. Neurological signs include loss of muscle coordination, lethargy, inability to urinate, reduced tail tone and/or head tilt. It is important that a veterinarian assess suspect cases of EHM, since it can be difficult to distinguish between this and other serious diseases, such as rabies, that can affect the nervous system in horses.



Equine Infectious Anemia - Test Horses for Viral Disease Before Purchasing
A News Line from Alberta Farm Animal Care with comments by Dr. Duane Landals of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.


Although reported incidences of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) are low, horse owners and potential buyers of horses should consider having the animals tested for the viral disease. That's the recommendation of Duane Landals, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association... (full story) 



Be Aware.  Animal Care is Everyone's Responsibility.

Call the ALERT Line (1-800-506-2273) to report livestock care concerns.



AEF Combined Driving Officials' Clinic

When: Sunday, May 26 2013, during the ''Tournament of Dandelions'' show

Where: Murray Farm, New Sarepta, AB

Who: Clinicians Doug Orr (EC ''Senior'' & ADS ''Registered'' Combined Driving Technical Delegate) and Lorraine Hill (EC ''Senior'' Combined Driving Judge and EC ''Medium'' Dressage Judge)

Registration deadline: May 10 2013

Cost: $90.00 (includes GST, documents, coffee and lunch)  



This clinic is offered to  any AEF member who is interested in the discipline of Combined Driving.

Clinic topics will include:

  • Role of Officials
  • Interpreting and applying rules for Combined Driving
  • Judging Dressage and cones
  • Courses and obstacles
  • Event scoring
  • Event Scheduling
  • Briefing volunteers


Click here for registration form  


For questions regarding this clinic please contact the AEF Competitions Coordinator at 


2013 Dressage Canada Judging Clinic

Date: June 29-30 2013
Location: Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, AB
Introduction: Clinician: Cara Whitham - FEI 5 * Dressage Judge (CAN)
This clinic is sanctioned by Equine Canada and Dressage Canada and can be used for Dressage Judge updating and promotion from records to Senior. Auditors are welcome. Note: This clinic will be presented in English only.



Auditors - $100.00/day - Registration and payment due by June 1st, 2013

Officials - $250.00 for DC Members if received BEFORE June 1st, 2013

Officials - $300.00 DC Members if received AFTER June 1st, 2013

For NON DC Members add an additional $25.00 to above fees

Contact Christine Peters, (613) 248-3433, for more information.

Click here for registration form 
Want To Learn To Ride English/Western!?

The English Learn to Ride 1-8 and Western Learn to Ride 1-4 programs are excellent programs that allow individuals to learn to ride these disciplines with an EC certified coach. Riders can be recreational riders or with the intention of becoming competitive riders as well!

The programs are level based programs and start with the basics and gradually build up to more advanced levels.This purpose of these programs is to produce well-rounded horse people, who are able to care for and ride their horses in a correct, safe manner.

The programs offer a structured way to track and promote progress and growth within each rider, and provide materials to study from such as rider level manuals, and stable management books (available for purchase through the AEF office)

The Learn to Ride programs are Equine Canada programs, and are nationally recognized throughout the country.

With the completion of each level, the rider receives an Equine Canada Rider certificate of completion as well as a rider badge.

These programs are flexible and do not have a time limit on them. They are designed to be able to help the rider progress at their own pace.


GET RIDING TODAY!! Contact one of our Equine Canada certified Western or English coaches and enroll in the Learn to Ride program of your choice!!

Click here for more details about these programs.


Click here for a list of certified English coaches. 


Click here for a list of certified Western coaches.


For questions regarding these programs please contact the AEF Coaching Administrator at



NCCP/EC Equestrian Theory Courses
2013 Registration is now open
We are now taking registration for the fall course in Grande Prairie! Registration for
our north and south NCCP/EC Equestrian Theory Courses for summer is still open, with registration for one more fall course in the Calgary area soon to come!


The NCCP/EC Equestrian Theory Course is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Instructor/Coach candidates, and is also a great way for already certified coaches to gain hour for hour coaching update hours.


If you are wanting to brush up your Lesson Planning Skills, or even your mentoring for Lesson Planning Skills then this is the course for you! Maybe you want to learn more about Making Ethical Decisions in your environment, or touch base on Equestrian Teaching and Learning? This course offers all of these great topics as well as Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance.


This course is not discipline specific so everyone is welcome regardless if they are  a coach, want to be or are not at all!


The course is a 2 day classroom based course, delivered by our highly skilled Learning Facilitators. Participants receive NCCP credit for attending, a certificate for completion of the course, and get to take some great manuals home to always have for reference!


Our next offerings of this course will be:

Contact our Coaching Administrator for more information: or 403-253-4411 ext. 3 


AEF Celebrates our 35th Anniversary
2013 marks the 35th year that AEF has been in operation
To help celebrate this marvelous achievement we will be running a contest open to all members.


We will be running articles in all four editions of Alberta Bits with valuable information about the history of the AEF. The winter 2013 edition will have a list of 35 questions pertaining to the information from the articles ran throughout the year. Answer all 35 questions correctly and you will be entered to be one of 35 people to win their individual 2014 AEF Membership (value of $50)!

So keep your eye out for our historical articles and save all the editions of 2013 Alberta Bits so you can answer the questions in the Winter magazine.


Note: No registration is necessary.  


About Us

The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is a member driven, nonprofit Provincial organization responsible for organizing, coordinating, sanctioning and administering equine sport and recreation in Alberta since 1978. 


Membership is in excess of 13,000 individual members as well as over 200 member equine Provincial organizations and industry partners. The AEF is the only Equestrian Body recognized by Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation. As such, we are the only body to directly receive funding and to have a voice within the Alberta Government on behalf of all equestrians in Alberta.


The Voice of Equine Alberta.  The premier source for education, information and support for Alberta's entire equine community.


To assist in creating a positive environment for the enjoyment of equines through leadership and a proactive approach we promote, facilitate, and coordinate equestrian related activities in Alberta.