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November 1, 2013
Issue No. 18
In This Issue
Save on your AEF membership - Referral credits
EquineLUX Saddle Pads
AEF Survey
AEF Online Forums
Alberta Stables Initiative Seminar
LOTB Winners
EC National Awards
EC Saddle Seat High Point Award
Upcoming Clinics
Horse Breeders and Owners
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 
Carissa Filipuzzi and Ruby
Photo Credit:Tanya Plonka

The AEF is always looking for photos of its members and their equine partners safely enjoying time together. 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 and earning rewards for yourself!!

Every time you use your BMO Alberta Equestrian Federation
MasterCard to make a purchase, a payment is made to the Alberta Equestrian Federation from BMO Bank of Montreal at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!


Cardholders benefit too!  There are many reward options available to customize the card to best suit your needs
Just by using this card, you are helping to fund programming for all members from the young and the young at heart! 
Contributions received 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. 

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!

AEF Online Store Products

Start your Christmas Shopping Early


2014 Horse Savvy Daytimers now available.  

$30 includes GST, S&H


  New Muck Boot styles now available

Winter is coming - Check the online store for more styles for Men Women & Children and order yours today - your toes will thank you



Did you Forget to Renew Your Membership for 2013?

The AEF extended membership is now available and will provide membership and insurance coverage from the date of purchase 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. 




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  

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 


EquineLUX English Saddle Pads - Now Available in AEF online Store!!
EquineLUX Offered at a 5% discount and free shipping for AEF members! A variety of Hunter, Jumper, Dressage and Eventing styles to choose from. 

EquineLUX Saddle pads and half pads are manufactured from the best quality natural and synthetic materials such as Merino Sheepskin, 100% cotton fabrics, 3-Dimensional Spacer, poly-fiber filling, non-slip mesh textile and genuine leather.

They offer efficient moisture absorption and evaporation, optimal cushioning and reliable grip in the seating area, functional and aesthetic design, thus representing the next generation of the English saddle pads.

AEF Member Survey
Help shape the direction of possible future AEF projects
The AEF is seeking direction on possible future projects for the upcoming year(s).   This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.  Your input is greatly appreciated!   


AEF Member Online Forums and Classifieds

NEW!! AEF Member Forums
Individuals, clubs and business members of the AEF now have access to post Classified Ads or post events or comments and questions in our Forum threads.

Needing horse transportation? Have a saddle or horse to sell? Looking for a great place to trail ride, or wanting to get a ride group together?  

Alberta Stables Initiative Stables Seminar & Forums 2013
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Farmfair International, Room 107A Northlands, Nov 8th, 2013, 11:00am - 1:30pm


The Alberta Stables Initiative (ASI) is hosting two important forums in the fall of 2013. These will be two part meetings, starting with an information session by industry expert Randy Fedorak, followed by a feedback forum for stable owners.


The forums will be used to openly discuss, with the stable industry, content being created for a Standards of Operation manual. 


There is no cost for these sessions and all stable owners and operators are encouraged to attend. Refreshments and materials will be provided and guests over the age of 16 are welcome. Registration is required. For more info and to register please visit: 


The Alberta Stables Initiative was officially launched in 2009 with the goal of developing a professional association to address the many economic and demographic challenges that stable operators face in Alberta. It is a collaborative project of the Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA), the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and the Horse Industry Section of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD).                  

And the Winner's are... 2013 Live Outside the Box Recipients!
The Alberta Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce the winning recipients of the 2013 Live Outside the Box Program :
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Highest Horse Time Hours
-1st place - Mason Rowat, age 13 Winner of Vivitar Pro Sport Camera (waterproof - with helmet mount ) - Captures and Shares Extreme Video's 
-2nd Place - Nicole Vincent, age 15 Winner Of Fujifilm Finepix AX600 14 mp Digital Camera 
-3rd Place - Emily O'Neill, age 12 Winner of Ipod Shuffle 

Lowest Screen Time Hours
-1st place - Elizabeth Hill, age 10 Winner of Vivitar Pro Sport Camera (waterproof - with helmet mount ) - Captures and Shares Extreme Video's 
-2nd Place - Serene Pelster, age 10 Winner of Fujifilm Finepix AX600 14 mp Digital Camera 
-3rd Place - Lilian Axten, age 14 Winner of Ipod Shuffle 

NEW: Highest Hours of Outdoor Activities
-1st place - Georgi Hope-Rapp, age 8 Winner of Vivitar Pro Sport Camera (waterproof - with helmet mount ) - Captures and Shares Extreme Video's 
-2nd Place - Andi Hope-Rapp, age 11 Winner of Fujifilm Finepix AX600 14 mp Digital Camera
-3rd Place - Kyla Lightfoot, age 10 Winner of Ipod Shuffle 

Congratulations also to the past bi-monthly draw winners of this year's Live Outside the Box Program:
-April/May Bi-monthly draw- Kyla Lightfoot, age 10 Winner of $25 itunes giftcard
-June/July Bi-monthly Draw - Andi Hope-Rapp, age 11 Winner of $25 itunes giftcard

The final bi-monthly draw winner for the August/September Bi-monthly draw is, Elizabeth Hill! Congratulations Elizabeth! 

Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!!! We are very proud of our young equestrians! 

For more information on the Live Outside the Box program, and how to enroll yourself or your students or children, please visit our website at: 

The Live Outside the Box program is a very important program to the AEF, and promotes active living in our youth. It's time to put down the tv remote, shut off those computers and get outside and have some fun!!!

Nominations Now Open for the 2013 Equine Canada National Awards
celebrate the impressive achievements of individuals, equines and organizations who have contributed to the growth and success of our community.

Full award criteria and nomination forms can be found at or by calling 613-287-1515 x 111. Nomination deadline is December 5, 2013  4:00 p.m. EST.

Recipients of these prestigious awards will be honoured at the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala which will be held at the Radisson Winnipeg on Friday, February 7, 2014 as part of the Equine Canada Annual Convention.


Equine Canada Saddle Seat High Point Award

Rules for 2013 (awards presented in 2014)


  • Riders must be Equine Canada Sport License holders in good standing.
  • Riders must be Amateurs
  • Riders must be a Canadian Resident, for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Riders may count their top 5 EC/USEF shows, 2 of which must be EC sanctioned shows. 
  • Riders must have won at least one Championship or Stake Class
  • Riders may ride more than 1 horse
  • Riders may ride more than 1 breed
  • Any class ridden in Saddle Seat attire may be included. English pleasure,  Country pleasure Saddle Seat Equitation etc.
  • Riders applying for this award must send the following information to Terry Johnson, Chair, EC National Saddle Seat Committee   by Dec. 1, 2013: Show name and date, Level of Show (National, Regional, Local), Rider placing, Number of entries in class.
  • Riders may also list Saddle Seat promotional activities, if desired, for consideration in case of a tie.
APPLY NOW!!  Application Deadline: DEC 1, 2013


Upcoming Clinics/Courses - Mark your calendars


EC National Steward & Dressage Stewards Clinic

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At the National Stewards clinic, registrants will be hosted by Neil Ratledge, FEI Jumper Steward, EC Senior General Steward and EC Senior Dressage. Ratledge is also chair of Equine Canada Stewards Committee and has acted as an FEI Steward at International competitions in North America, including Spruce Meadows and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.


At the Dressage Stewards clinic, registrants will be hosted by Linda Miller, FEI Dressage Steward, EC Senior General Steward, EC Senior Dressage Steward and EC Para Senior Steward. Miller has acted as an FEI Steward at International competitions in Canada.


The Clinics will be held at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel November 16-17, 2013.  Registrants will be provided all material on a Flash Drive and must bring a laptop computer.


Current Equine Canada licensed stewards may use this clinic for updating or upgrading purposes. This clinic will be a transition and will be used for Jumper Specific and General Stewarding upgrading or refreshing.  Prospective stewards, coaches and competitors are welcome to attend this clinic, and may list it as part of a future application for EC General Steward status.  EC certified Instructors and Coaches may count this clinic for 6 hours of updating


For more information and registration forms visit:

National Stewards Clinic - November 16, 2013 

 Dressage Stewards Clinic - November 17, 2013 

32nd Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference
January 10-12 2014 in Red Deer, Alberta, at the Sheraton

Presented by the non-profit organization, Horse Industry Association of Alberta, the conference is a must-attend event for horse breeders, owners and riders with topics of interest for every horse enthusiast. 


View the full press release

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.