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July 12, 2013
Issue No. 13
In This Issue
AEF Mastercard offer
Trail Closures
Register now for the Wild Rose Trail Ride
ALberta BIts Fall Advertising special
Western Dressage Clinic
CIEC Update: Volunteers needed
LOTB bi-monthly draw
Pest control
Liquid Ivermectin
Want To Learn To Ride English/Western?
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
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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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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. 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.

Muck Boots™
Special pricing available on select styles of Muck Boots.  Visit our online store for styles and prices. 

GST+ S&H included in pricing

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.
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. 




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 the 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  


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

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


Alberta trails damaged by flooding

As Albertans recover from the devastating impact of the recent flooding, the Trans Canada Trail extends its deepest condolences to everyone who was affected.


Many segments of Trail in central and southern Alberta are currently closed due to this flooding. Please get in touch with your local Trail association for more information before heading out.


It is hoped that once the water recedes, the majority of Trail restoration will be focused on cleanup. 


Our thoughts are with the many Trail volunteers who have helped create the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta and who will now lead the charge in restoring their wonderful community trails. 
NOTE: Please visit for up to date info on park closures or alerts resulting from flood activity
Wild Rose Trail Ride - registrations accepted now!
Join the AEF and Higher Trails, Sep 22, 2013 for a great day in support of a great cause at the Rafter Six Ranch in beautiful Kananaskis Country

Wild Rose Trail Ride is a fundraising endeavor with proceeds supporting 3 Albertan therapeutic riding associations:


Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association



To participate as a rider or make a donation, visit the Wild Rose Trail Ride webpage 
To learn more about Higher Trails, visit: 
Items still needed for Flood Relief
Fence posts needed

Higher Trails is in need of approximately 80 fence posts as part of their flood relief efforts. Please message the AEF on Facebook or call the office at 877-463-6233 if you are able to supply any posts.
From Equi-Health Canada:
We learned today that the Disabled Elders Lodge Therapeutic Riding Centre has lost everything. They are looking primarily for English Saddles and any other items. We will gather and distribute - drop off location continues to be Country Living near Okotoks. Thank you! 
Cash Donations
The AEF is offering the ability for individuals wishing to make a cash donation to equine flood relief efforts to do so through our secure online donation page.  Working together with our partners, Higher Trails, Equi-Health Canada and the Canadian Standardbred Network, we will ensure the money is used to purchase larger items that are still needed to continue to provide assistance to equines and their owners who have been affected by the recent flooding. 
Alberta Bits Fall Advertising Special!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to have your flyer/insert reach over 17,000 individual and over 200 business and club members across Alberta!


The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is offering a special advertising opportunity for our Fall Issue of Alberta Bits.

This issue is our membership renewal issue, it's polybagged and includes important information for members; it also has the highest distribution!


Alberta Bits is the Alberta Equestrian Federation's official member magazine, serving the entire equestrian community of horses and riders of all ages, interests and

involvement, as the voice of equine Alberta. In it, stories, features and articles on the AEF's entire equine community, ranging from important issues of safety and programs, to providing information on horse ownership and training for newcomers to riding, promotion of active youth and riding, and highlights of competitions are featured.



Consider us as a vehicle for your marketing and promotional programming and let us become a trusted source for horse industry news in Alberta. 


As a non-profit organization, advertising dollars are used to create this quality readership magazine and help improve the AEF's services and communication to our membership.


The deadlines are quickly approaching, don't hesitate, contact us today, this issue is set to be mailed by the end of September! We look forward to hearing from you. 


Fall Advertising Special


2013 Rate Card/Insertion Order


Upcoming Clinics - Mark your calendars



What: Western Dressage Clinic with theory sessions and practical riding sessions

When: weekend of October 26th 2013(precise dates to be announced)

Who: with clinician Cliff Swanson (USEF judge) from Colorado (

Where: Calgary area (TBA)


This clinic is offered to any AEF member:  judges, coaches, riders and anyone interested in learning more about this new and upcoming discipline!


More info to come...



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


Volunteers Needed!


  There are still opportunities available to volunteer at the 2013 CIEC.  Download the Volunteer Application


 Lease Horses are needed for out-of-province teams for the CIEC competition, Sep 13-15, 2013:  

This is a great opportunity to showcase your horse!!  If you have any questions about leasing your horse, please contact Sophie Beaufils at for more details.


For more information on the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships visit the CIEC website.  


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.

View the Sponsor package or 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.



Congratulations Kyla Lightfoot!

2013 Live Outside the Box bi-monthly draw winner for April/May

What's eating your horse? 

Keep pests out of your barn!

Those annoying bugs are out!  You have protected your horse  against West Nile with a vaccine but there are more pest concerns.  Use of fly sprays, masks and sheets can protect against a variety of annoying insects.  Keeping horses inside during the peak periods of dusk and dawn can also help keep disease carrying pests from feasting on your horse.  Learn more about pest control.

 submitted by Equine Guelph


Generic Liquid Ivermectin produced in Alberta offers significant savings to the horse industry


Airdrie, AB, (July 4, 2013) - Collaboration between Alberta Agriculture, Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Alberta Veterinary Labs, and Horse Industry Association of Alberta has led to the formulation of a generic liquid Ivermectin dewormer, called "Ivermectin Liquid for Horses". In May 2013, the product was registered by the Veterinary Drugs Directorate for use in horses. The process took in excess of three years to comp lete the research and trials.

The generic product is manufactured in Calgary and is currently available through veterinary clinics and over the counter at local feed and tack stores. It is available in three different forms: a 15 mL syringe, 60 mL bulk bottle, and a 120 mL bulk bottle. It is administered orally, either directly into the mouth with a syringe or top dressed on grain and fed to the horse. "Since it is a water-based product, horses will eat it when added to sweet feed. This is great news for horses that have been a problem to deworm," states Merle Olson of Alberta Veterinary Labs.

Horse owners can look forward to significant savings. Treatment with a brand name dewormer imported into Canada costs horse owners between $15-$30 dollars. Ivermectin Liquid for Horses will be available for a quarter of the cost, at around $5 for an average 500 kg horse.

"Until recently a manufacturing plant of large volume, sterile and non-sterile, veterinary pharmaceuticals did not exist in Canada, creating a situation where these products had to be imported from other countries outside of Canada," states Olson. "The lack of domestic manufacturing lead to artificially inflated pharmaceutical prices for Alberta livestock producers, but also the loss of jobs and revenue generation here in Alberta."

"It is expected that the costs of deworming horses will also decrease as it did when these same people came out with the similar cattle product over eighteen months ago," says Les Burwash Manager of Horse Programs with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. "This is a good news story about a local pharmaceutical manufacturing company's success and the horse industry having its first product licensed for use in all horses, including those entering the food chain."

The withdrawal time for the Ivermectin Liquid for Horses is 14 days. It is the only drug for horses in North America that has a withdrawal time.

"We are very thankful for the funding provided by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, which enabled the success of this product to be produced by Alberta Veterinary Labs; it will benefit all horse owners," says Robyn Moore, Manager of Horse Industry Association of Alberta.

For more information contact:

Robyn Moore, Manager, Horse Industry Association of Alberta, Phone: 403-420-5949

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



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.