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June 5, 2013
Issue No. 11
In This Issue
Higher Trails partners with AEF for Wild Rose Trail Ride
CIEC Update: Volunteers needed
Casino Volunteers
Ride & Drive 2000 hours milestone!
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Want To Learn To Ride English/Western?
2013 Dressage Canada Judging Clinic
AEF 35th Anniversary
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Coaching Clinics/Updates
Event/Competition Calendar
Contact Board of Directors
Office Staff
Make a Donation
Sponsorship Opportunities
AEF Business & Bylaws
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2013 AEF Wild Rose Trail Ride

Higher Trails and the Alberta Equestrian Federation  will be hosting the 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  the membership application and return with payment to our office.
AEF Member Photo
 Janet Heikoop and Mittaro
AEF Member: Janet Heikoop and Mittaro

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!

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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. 




Go ahead get muddy!
Blow out specials on select Muck Boots available from AEF Online Store
(subject to size availability)
making room for new styles - get yours before they are gone.     
Women's Tatton Muck Boot
Women's Tatton Muck Boot

Price now reduced to $80.00 + GST(Women's Tatton)






Women's Chelsea Muck Boot
Women's Chelsea Muck Boot
Price now reduced to $70.00 + GST (Women's Chelsea)







  • 100% Waterproof CR Foam Bootie Construction
  • Breathable Airmesh Lining
  • Removable 6mm Nitracel™ EVA Sock Liner
  • Lightweight
  • Hands Free Easy On/Off
  • Easy Clean Up


All Muck Boots™ are 100% waterproof, keeping feet warm, dry and protected in harsh weather and messy working conditions.


A variety of styles and colours to choose from. 


Alberta Backcountry Equestrian

Everything you need to know to explore the backcountry on horseback is in Pam Asheton's Alberta Back Country Equestrian One-Day Trail Guide. Jam-packed with interpretive notes on wildlife, plants, geology, local history and even horse language, this book tells you where to go, how to get there and what to do to have a successful one-day ride. Every trail, trailhead and campground has been personally researched (and photographed) from the equestrian's point of view, with a focus on safety. In addition to detailed trail information and maps, there are also tips from outfitters with years of experience.

 $26.95 + 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
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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: 

P'tit Trot webpage 
or to order: go to our online store

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 


Higher Trails partners with AEF for Wild Rose Trail ride
Higher Trails has stepped forward to be the sponsor for the 2013 Wild Rose Trail Ride.   Thank you, Higher Trails!

The Wild Rose Trail Ride raises funds for therapeutic riding associations in Alberta.   It raises awareness of the benefits of horseback riding, including therapeutic riding. It promotes equine community development and equine-assisted wellness, which made it a good fit for a partnership between Higher Trails and the AEF.


To participate as a rider on September 22 or make a donation, visit the Wild Rose Trail Ride webpage


To learn more about Higher Trails, visit: 



CIEC Update
Countdown to 2013 CIEC - be part of the action!CIEC


We need volunteers for the CIEC.
If you are interested in helping out at this event, please complete the CIEC Volunteer application 



Leased Horses are needed for the CIEC competition:   

If you have any questions about leasing your horse, please contact Sophie Beaufils at for more details.


Sponsor opportunities

Are you a potential partner with an interest in a high-profile, inter-disciplinary event?  This competition has a wide reach into the community at the grassroots level. There are significant opportunities for high visibility at this unique national event.

Contact the AEF at 403-253-4411 or 1-877-463-6233 to discuss a sponsor partnership that will fit with your brand and business goals.



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 complimentary 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 


Ride & Drive 2000 hours milestone!
Ride and Drive Congratulations to Meaghan Black for reaching the 2000 hour milestone and completing the AEF Ride and Drive program!! 
For information on how you can earn great rewards for riding and/or driving your horse (vaulting counts too!) visit our Ride and Drive webpage.
Horse needed for Stampede Indian Princess
Do you have a horse that would be suitable for Grand entry and Parades?
The Calgary Stampede Indian Events Committee is seeking a suitable horse for Indian Princesss, Amber Big Plume, to use on the following dates:
  • June 15, 2013 - Longview AB
  • July 1, 2013 - Canmore & Banff AB
  • July 3 - July 14 - CALGARY STAMPEDE, Calgary AB
  • July 25, 2013 - Medicine Hat AB
  • August 5, 2013 - Nanton, AB
  • August 17, 2013 - Pincher Creek AB
  • August 20, 2013 - Lethbridge, AB
  • September 2, 2013 - Cochrane AB

If you have an available horse that would be suitable for use in Grand Entry and Parades by the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, and want to see your equine friend featured in a parade or other events listed above please contact Tammy Kneller at for full details of their requirements.


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



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 
AEF Member Satisfaction Survey
 Click here to complete the brief 2013 AEF Member Satisfaction Survey.
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.