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January 10, 2014
Issue No. 31
In This Issue
Membership Renewal Reminder and Referral Program
Business Membership - ad savings
AEF BMO MC Image Finalists
Alberta Bits Correction
Alberta Bits advertising discounts
Coaching Award Nominees
AEF Board Call for Nominations
LOTB Silent Auction
Upcoming clinics
EC AGM Announcement
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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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AEF Member Photo

Wendy Nelson and That Chics Flashy (AKA Clover)

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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Keep your feet cosy and warm this winter!


Muck Boots Women's Arctic Adventure

Casual All Purpose Winter Boot  

Comfort Range:  -30C to 20C  

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Muck Boots are available in the AEF online store in a variety of Men's, Women's and Children's styles and sizes.


$152.50 (includes GST) with FREE SHIPPING


Muck Boots Women's Arctic Adventure (shown in Hot Pink)

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


Have you renewed your membership?
AEF Individual, Family and Club memberships expired Dec 31. Stay covered, renew your AEF membership today!

AEF offers several different membership types.  Click on the links below for more info and benefit details:

If you prefer to pay membership fees with a cheque, please print the above electronic form and mail it to our office.

Membership Referral Program: Save on your membership fees

Refer a NEW AEF Member and receive a $5.00 credit toward your membership fees (up to a maximum of 3 referrals per calendar year for a total of $15.00 per individual or family)!  Simply ENSURE the NEW member indicates both your name and AEF Number on their membership application form or through online renewal.  


Member Priority Business Members
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Dedicated to promoting and supporting the equine world through horse people, clubs, associations, shows and events as well as any other horse play activity.  Official voice for numerous horse clubs and associations. 




EquineLUX English saddle pads are designed to provide efficient sweat absorption and evaporation, improved saddle fit, and protection for the horse's back.

Shop for EquineLUX saddle pads in the AEF online store.  Available at special member prices!


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AEF BMO MasterCard Image Finalists
Vote for your favorite on our Facebook Page
 Submitted by Cheryl Nygaard Submitted by Cheryl Yingst-Bartel Submitted by Robert Fisher Submitted by Jade Anderson
Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for the re-design of the AEF BMO MasterCard!  We received may great photos, and the decision was difficult, but the above photos have been selected as the finalists! Congratulations to Cheryl Nygaard, Cheryl Yingst-Bartel, Robert Fisher, and Jade Anderson. 

Please visit the AEF Facebook page to vote for your favorite!  
Voting is open until Thursday, Jan 16.
to learn more about the AEF BMO MasterCard please visit 
Alberta Bits correction

Sarah and Nala
Sarah and Nala
The photo accompanying "It's your Alberta" column in the Winter 13 issue, page 4,  was incorrectly attributed. The photographer is Robyn Kuhn. Alberta Bits apologizes for the mistake.


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.
Coaching Award Nominations Are In!
Congratulations to those coaches nominated for the EC/NCCP 2013 Coaching Awards!


To see whom was nominated please click here.


Nominations were reviewed by the AEF awards committee, and presented to Equine Canada for final selection. Award recipients will be announced at the 2014 EC Convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba this February!



Notice of AEF AGM and 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.  Special room rates available for attendees: $119.00+tax, please reference 'AEF group rate' when booking.  Limited rooms available, please book early.


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!
Upcoming clinics

  • EC Dressage Stewards Clinic - Winnipeg, MB - Feb 9, 2014.  Equine Canada National Convention, Radisson Hotel.  Clinician: Linda Miller FEI Level 2 Dressage Steward (registration details to be announced)
  • FEI Event Veterinarian Course - Ottawa, ON - Feb 21-22, 2014 at the Equine Canada head office. Directed by Dr. Yves Rossier and Dr. Gerit Matthesen. Please click here for more details




For a list of other upcoming NCCP courses be sure to check our calendar of events or the following link: 


The NCCP Equestrian Theory Course is an excellent course for equine enthusiasts wanting to learn more about the following modules:

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

Please note that this course is strongly recommended for those intending to pursue future certification as an instructor or coach.


Notice of Equine Canada 2014 Annual General Meeting

Please be advised the Annual General Meeting of the Equine Canada Membership will be held Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB at 8:30 AM CST.


Attendance at this meeting is open to all members in good standing with Equine Canada.


For additional details on the meeting and eligibility to vote, please click here


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.