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December 13, 2013
Issue No. 30
In This Issue
Business Membership - ad savings
AEF Online Forums
Alberta Bits advertising discounts
LOTB Silent Auction
EC/NCCP Coaching Awards
AEF Board Call for Nominations
Upcoming clinics
Dressage Canada Auction
Equine Guelph online course
AEF 35th Anniversary
Quick Links
AEF Online Store
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

Loni Zaharko and Reece getting into the Christmas spirit!

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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Avoid bad driving conditions, and over-crowded malls - shop the AEF online store!


  • MERINO Sheepskin lining and front side trim
  • non-slip mesh layers in the seating area
  • large pockets with High Resilience foam shims
  • "open channel" design to reduce pressure..
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Horse Savvy 2014 day planner and equine care health record


Makes a great stocking stuffer!  Order yours today or drop by the AEF office. Available while quantities last!


Horse Savvy 2014 planner

 $30.00 (includes GST and FREE SHIPPING)

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




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
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Calgary, AB   T2X 1S3
Fax:  403-252-5260 


MERRY CHRISTMAS, from the AEF staff!!!

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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?  Visit our new forum and classifieds and get connected to equine Alberta

This is a great opportunity to promote your business or service!  Please contact to become a member and get access today

AEF Business Membership-new benefits!
Save 20%-40% on Alberta Bits advertising rates!

AEF business members now receive exclusive discounts on advertising in Alberta Bits magazine the quarterly AEF members' magazine.  Alberta Bits is distributed to our 16000+ membership.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to promote your product or services.

Regular Business members receive a 20% discount off regular rates, while our Member Priority Business Members receive a 40% discount.  In addition to these great savings opportunities, AEF business membership offers many other benefits.  

For full membership details please visit our website, or contact with any questions.
Silent Auction benefiting LOTB
AEF is looking for donations for the silent auction to be held at our AGM, March 23, 2014
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All monetary donations and proceeds from the Silent Auction will support our popular youth "Live Outside the Box" Program 
Send completed donation form to or fax to 403-252-5260 by March 19, 2014.
More about the AEF Live Outside the Box Youth Program
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 from April 1st until September 30th of each year and win great prizes. You don't even have to own a horse to participate! 
 Thank you for your support!
2013 EC/NCCP Coaching Awards!! 
Nominate Your Coach today!!


 If you are aware of a deserving coach, one that goes the extra mile, is fabulous in your eyes, or special in their own little way, nominate them today for the EC/NCCP Coaching Awards. "Coach" is defined in terms of the new NCCP description and should not be confused with "trainer" or "elite athlete" although your nominee could be all of those! The coach does not have to be competitive as there are a number of different categories available for nomination including para/therapeutic coaches! Coaches being nominated must hold a valid and current Equine Canada certification.


Categories for Nomination includes the following:


  • Para/therapeutic coach or instructor
  • Instructor/Instructor of Beginners
    • English
    • Western
    • Saddle Seat
    • Drive
  • Coach 1 / Competition Coach
    • English
    • Western
  • Coach 2 / Coach Specialist
    • Western
    • English
  • Coach 3 / High Performance Coach


For more information on these awards please contact 

or visit the following link: 


Call for Nominations to the AEF Board
The AEF is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. 

Elections to fill the seats of Executive Committee and Director(s) at Large will be held at the AEF Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 11 am - 1 pm in the Marseille Room at the Sheraton in Red Deer, Alberta.


Upcoming clinics

  • Equine Canada National Stewards Clinic - Winnipeg, MB - Feb 8 (details to come)

Dressage Stewards

  • February 9th, 2014 - Equine Canada National Convention, Winnipeg, Manitoba - Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Clinician: Linda Miller FEI Level 2 Dressage Steward

Dressage Judges


  • June 7th - 8th, 2014 - Cornerstone Spring Into Dressage CDI3*, Palgrave, Ontario Clinician: Cara Whitham, FEI 5* Dressage Judge
  • July 26th - 27th, 2014 - Canada Cup Dressage Show, Maple Ridge, British Columbia Clinician: Brenda Minor, FEI 4* Dressage Judge


These clinics may be used for certification, promotion and updating to maintain current certification requirements as outlined in the Equine Canada Rules for Dressage.


Clinics are also open to individuals interested in possibly pursuing official certification or to anyone interested in gaining additional information about the sport of dressage or the role of officials at competitions.


Registration details will be circulated when finalized. 

Get Coached by Canada's Dressage Stars
Bidding is Officially Open for  Dressage Canada's Auction of Promises
Dressage Canada is pleased to announce the official launch of the 2013 Auction of Promises, giving dressage enthusiasts the opportunity to bid on a package of two lessons from some of Canada's most renowned dressage riders.

Proceeds from the auction will go toward the Dressage Canada High Performance Program to support its goals in providing development opportunities to Canadian athletes vying to qualify for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, 2015 Pan American Games, and 2016 Olympic Games.


Equine Guelph January online course
The Equine Industry: Are We Making Progress for the Future or Just Following the Footsteps of the Past?

For most horse owners, the approach of a new year encourages us to reflect back on how things were done in the past, by examining what worked and what didn't, in order to make positive changes for the future.

This January, Equine Guelph will be providing students with the opportunity to re-examine their knowledge regarding equine welfare with its online course, The Equine Industry. Allowing those to learn from the comfort of their own home, this 12-week course, is designed to assist dedicated horse owners in furthering their knowledge about the horse industry as it relates to horse welfare and the future of this industry. This course provides students with the flexible learning opportunity no matter what their levels of involvement within the equine industry.

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


We ran articles in the first 3 editions of Alberta Bits with valuable information about the history of the AEF. The winter 2013 edition (mailing Dec 17th) 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)!


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 16,000 individual members as well as over 200 member equine clubs, businesses 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.