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June, 2014
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Upcoming Clinics and Symposiums
Bill C-571 defeated
Capri sponsors 2014 AEF Wild Rose Trail Ride
Alberta Vaulters Earn WEG Qualifying Scores
EC Hires New CEO
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National Horse Day
June 8, 2014
Officially starting this year, the first Saturday of June will be marked as Canada's National Horse Day. This day will be a unique opportunity where everyone will be invited to honour, explore and discover the world of horses.  EC and the AEF invite all Albertans to join us as we set aside one day of the year to acknowledge the important contributions made by horses in our nation's heritage and how people of all ages continue to enjoy horses in sport and leisure.


Kids aged 3-16: Don't miss out on the Drawing Contest!  
Submission deadline has been extended to June 18th

Join the AEF at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, Sunday June 8, to celebrate the horse and our ranching heritage as part of Horse Day 2014 celebrations. Don't miss out on the Bar U Chuckwagon Cook-Off and sample the competitors' version of beef stew and biscuits, cooked over an open camp fire, just like they did 100 years ago.


Continuing Education
Clinics and symposiums

AEF Combined Driving Judge and TD Clinic-

July 3-6 2014:

We are still accepting Registrations for this event.
Register/Find out more

AEF Dressage Symposium
June 7-8, 2014
Space is filling up quickly for this great dressage event! If you have not yet done so, send in your Auditor Registration form
(Please note that participants registering after June 2 must plan to bring their own lunch, as the deadline for the caterers has passed)

Upcoming NCCP Courses: 

  • Equestrian Theory Course - June 21/22, 2014
  • Competition Coach Workshop - Sept 27/28, 2014
  • Equestrian Theory Course - Nov 15/16, 2014

For more information or to register please contact

Bill C-571 defeated
Act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act.
Bill C-571, Act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act (slaughter of equines for human consumption) was defeated May 14, 2014, in a vote of 155 to 102.  The controversial bill was introduced by Alex Atamanenko MP (BC Southern Interior).  Through his act, Atamanenko hoped to implement changed to the horsemeat industry in the interests of food safety.  READ MORE...
AEF Wild Rose Trail Ride Sponsor - Capri Insurance
The AEF is pleased to parter with Capri Insurance for the 3rd annual AEF Wild Rose Trail Ride.  

The Wild Rose Trail Ride is an annual fundraising event created by the AEF to raise funds to support therapeutic riding organisations in Alberta

The 2014 Wild Rose Trail Ride will be held at the Red Lodge Guest Ranch in Bowden on September 14.  READ MORE

Further details and registration forms will be available on the AEF website shortly.  
Flood rehabilitation program repairs backcountry trails
The Government of Alberta is investing $10 million to repair trails damaged in last summer's floods.

The trails, located on public land, suffered erosion and sustained damages to bridges and other amenities when debris-choked rivers and creeks spilled their banks.


"Trails are important for Albertans and tourists to access our backcountry.  It is critical that families have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and our great province."

- Robin Campbell, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development


The Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program will be completed by March 2017. The program restores priority trails and trails systems along the eastern slopes for motorized and non-motorized recreational users. Some trails may be re-established in more ecologically appropriate and sustainable areas, so they are better suited to withstand future flood events.


The program takes a collaborative approach with partner organizations helping to inventory, prioritize, and rehabilitate backcountry trails. Read more....

McLean Creek crossing damaged by flood debris
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Odysseo travels to Edmonton after rave reviews in Calgary!

Premiers in Edmonton on July 9th, 2014.

Odysseo premiered in Calgary on April 23rd and has been selling out ever since. The support from the Alberta equestrian community has been phenomenal and Odysseo is ready to showcase their four-legged stars in the City of Champions.

If you did see Cavalia, then you will not want to miss out on Odysseo! The reviews from the Equestrian Community have been glowing:  


"The show itself was mesmerizing. Both parts of my background as a horse trainer and dance choreographer were satisfied." 
- Jordanna C. (Fraser) Stangeland, Calgary Stampede


"The show was fantastic. Odysseo is truly an equine and entertainment spectacular."

- Ian Allison, Spruce Meadows


"We really enjoyed the show and the whole experience. We cannot say enough about how amazing those animals and performers are."

- Jim Stevens, Senior Pro Rodeo


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Alberta Vaulters Earn WEG Qualifying Scores 
Sisters Angelique and Jeanine van der Sluijs of Olds AB, and Team Alberta's Northern Lights Squad members have made history.
They have qualified as the first ever Canadian Vaulting Squad and Pas de Deux team eligible to represent Canada at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Jeanine and Angelique qualified in the Freestyle Pas de Deux at the Pacific Cup CVI 3* held in Hollister, CA USA. Jeanine also qualified for the women's CVI3* Individual Division. Read more...
Photo Angelique and Jeanine van der Sujils at the Pacific Cup  Photo Credit Diane Boyd
Photo: Angelique and Jeanine van der Sluijs at the Pacific Cup. Photo Credit: Diane Boyd
The second set of qualifying scores were earned at the CVI Chilliwack held May 23-24 in Chilliwack, BC, Canada's only international vaulting competition. Jeanine and Angelique improved their previously earned Freestyle Pas de Deux qualifying score, and Jeanine also improved her SVI3* Individual Division score.

Team Alberta's Northern Lights Squad members: Todd Griffiths, Jeanine van der Sluijs, Shianne Hofer, Angelique van der Sluijs, Brooke Boyd and Dallyn Shields qualified in SCI3*Squad for their performance at the Chilliwack CVI. Read more... 
EC Hires New CEO

EC CEO- Eva Havaris
Ottawa ON, May 23, 2014 --- On behalf of the Equine Canada Board of Directors, it is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Eva Havaris as the new CEO effective June 9, 2014.  READ MORE


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