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August 29, 2013
Issue No. 15
In This Issue
AEF Mastercard offer
Members Priority Program
CIEC Update: Horses needed
Flood Relief Auction
Upcoming Clinics
LOTB Draw winner
2013 Wild Rose Trail Ride
War Horse
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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AEF Member Photo 
Photo credit: Raelyn Danyluk

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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AEF Mastercard
Every purchase made supports the AEF

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 use your BMO Alberta Equestrian Federation MasterCard to make purchases, YOU ARE helping to support the equine industry in Alberta! Every time you make a purchase with the card, a percentage of the dollar value of the transaction goes directly to AEF. By you having this card, you are helping to fund programming for all members from the young and the young at heart! When received, your contribution through this program will support Education, Recreation, Sport development, Industry, Health and Welfare. The Alberta Equestrian Federation programs make a significant difference in the lives of horses and riders across the province of Alberta ranging from the beloved backyard pony to the high performance athlete. There are many ways of investing in the health and well-being of all equines through the Alberta Equestrian Federation.

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.

or call 1-800-263-2263 to switch your BMO MasterCard to a BMO Alberta Equestrian Federation MasterCard today. 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.

Did you Forget to Renew Your Membership for 2013?

The AEF extended membership will be available beginning Spetember 1, 2013, and will provide membership and insurance coverage for 16 months, from Sept 1 to the end of 2014.  To renew your membership you can log into our website and complete it online. Or visit our website to complete an 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. 




NEW Online Store products!

English Rider 1-2English Learn to Ride 1-2 Handbook $30

English RIder 3-4-5


English Learn to Ride 3-4-5 Handbook $30


Equine Canada Learn to Drive Handbook $25


Bling Lanyards $15.00


Ride & Drive Program
Ride and Drive

The AEF 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, and pen, 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  

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!


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 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 


Member Priority Program (MPP) business members
Your membership working for you!  Save $ with participating retailers: visit our MPP webpage for the full list of MPP partners
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Clinics for all breeds (connect, center & balance your ride), lessons for all abilities, including special abilities.  Specialize in gated horse training and clinics, Canadian dealer for Orthoflex saddles, Equine Education. 

10% discount on horse clinics for AEF members.




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Edmonton's original western store, Welsh's has been providing quality tack, saddles, boots, hats and more for over 100 years.

10% off regular priced goods, excluding saddles, with proof of AEF membership



CIEC Update- be part of the action!
Countdown to 2013 CIEC - 16 Days!


 Lease Horses Still Needed!


We are still looking to fill the final spots for horses to lease to out-of-province teams.  Still needed are:

Jumpers - 4 Horses

Dressage - 2 Horses

This is a great opportunity to showcase your horse and or your breeding program!!  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.  





Dressage: Annie Coward, Samantha Mills, Mary-Anne Eeuwes, and Carol Hall, Coach Doreen Horsey

Jumping: Chantelle Moore, Jessie Prpich, Ashley Boone, and Michelle Gulick, Coach: Trish Mrakawa

Reining: Margaret Besuijen, Alexandra Hibberd, Nicole Flood and Janice Hepburn, Coach: Wendy Nelson 


View the press release

View rider bios on the CIEC website  under each discipline menu


Venue Update!


The Reining venue has been changed.  We are pleased to announce that all disciplines will now be hosted at the same location - Rocky Mountain Show Jumping!


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. 


The AEF soon will be holding a fundraiser auction for a pair of tickets for the upcoming, Tony Award winning War Horse Production in both Calgary and Edmonton!  More details available soon!!  Tickets will go to the highest bidder with bids being accepted by phone or via fax/email submission of a bid form.  The highest bid will be updated via AEF Facebook  page and Twitter

Proceeds from this flood-relief auction will be used towards purchasing items for the Siksika Elders Equine Therapy Center, including replacement therapy saddles,  which was destroyed in the recent Southern Alberta floods.

The center, the therapy saddles, many cribs, playpens, etc. for kids while the parents are doing the therapy work, were all destroyed in the flood, along with the facility's outdoor arena, round pen and wheelchair ramps, concession stand, and a power plant for evening work.  


The Siksika Elders Equine Therapy Center is operated by Thomas Many Guns, who had been a very active (and winning) cowboy on the rodeo circuit, until an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.  He teamed up with Debra who has limited mobility, as well.  The center is equine-focused, with a variety of breeds, genders and ages and they work with clients of all ages.  

War horse tIckets kindly donated by Broadway Across Canada and the National Theatre of Great Britain and Bob Boyett present War Horse 
Upcoming Clinics/Courses - Mark your calendars



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

WhenSaturday October 26 and Sunday October 27, 2013

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

Where: Ironhill Equestrian Centre, Priddis, AB ( )


Registration deadline: October 11, 2013 (registration form will be available shortly) 

Cost: TBA


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


For more information, please contact Sophie, AEF Competitions Coordinator at  



Upcoming NCCP Courses for Fall!



The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is excited to be able to offer the following courses this fall:




NCCP Equestrian Theory Course - Fall 

Maximum 20 spots. First come first serve basis.

  • October 5/6, 2013 Grande Prairie - Really need registration for this or we will have to cancel!
  • November 2/3, 2013 Calgary/Okotoks
NOTE: This course is very strongly recommended prior to Coach Evaluation, and prior to Instructor Evaluation, and for already certified coaches for updating hours 


Includes the following modules:

  • Equestrian Teaching and Learning
  • Planning an Equestrian Lesson
  • Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance
  • Making Ethical Decisions


NCCP Competition Coach Workshop - Fall

Maximum 20 spots. First come first serve basis.

  • October 19/20, 2013 Edmonton

This workshop is open to Instructors/Coaches/ and Candidates of both of these. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that Competition Coach/Competition Coach Specialist Candidates consider attending this course. Already certified coaches may also choose to attend to broaden their expertise, and gain coaching update hours.  Excellent course for those looking at Competition Coach or Competition Coach Specialist certification.


Includes the following modules:

  • Managing an Equestrian Sport Program
  • Training Mental Skills for Equestrian Sport
  • Designing Equestrian Sport Program 

Please contact the AEF Coaching Administrator at  for details and to register.


2013 Live Outside the Box Bi-Monthly Draw June/July  

Congratulations  Andi Hope-Rapp!


Wild Rose Trail Ride spaces limited - register now to avoid missing out!
Join the AEF and Higher Trails, Sept 22, 2013 for a fun day in support of therapeutic riding at the Rafter Six Ranch in beautiful Kananaskis Country.  Bring your own horse, or rent one from Rafter Six Ranch.


Don't miss out!  Limited spaces are filling up fast!!   


This year participants have the option of participating in either a 

  • 2-hour Beginner/Scenic ride, or 
  • 3-hour Intermediate/Advanced ride

Pre registration is required and space is limited!!!


For more information, to register or make a donation, visit our website

To learn more about Higher Trails, visit: 
Proceeds from the 2013 Wild Rose Trail Ride will benefit:
Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS)   


Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association 


Millarville Therapeutic Riding Association   

War Horse Offer

Calgary - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - September 10 - 15, 2013

Edmonton - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - September 17 - 22, 2013


Broadway Across Canada and War Horse are pleased to offer Alberta Equestrian Federation members, fans & followers a 40% discount on tickets to the limited engagement of performances in Calgary and Edmonton!



A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, WAR HORSE is the winner of FIVE 2011 Tony Awards®.

England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride. 



Behind the Scenes with War Horse (Calgary) - 

Behind the Scenes with War Horse (Edmonton) - 


Price Level 3 - $49 | Price Level 4 - $42 |Up to 40% off single ticket price available to the public*

Offer valid for ALL performances.

Calgary Ticket Link: brand=bac

Edmonton Ticket Link: brand=bac

Offer Code:HORSE


You will see "GOT AN OFFER CODE?" Click on that box and enter the code. It will bring up all the eligible available seating.

*Discount of up to 40% on single ticket price, depending on performance and location. Standard service handling fees apply.  Fees not subject to the discount.  Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets.  ALL SALES FINAL. No exchanges or refund.  Other restrictions may apply. Subject to availability

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.