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July 4th, 2014
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In This Issue
International Helmet Awareness Day
WEG fundraiser
NEW Trail Guide, and Instructor certification
LOTB Draw Winner: Aliera Chernoff
Canada to host 2015 Pan-Am Endurance Championship
In Memorium
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It is all in the name - a place with and for horses to be enjoyed by their owners or by people who just love horses. Digger's Place (DP) offers several programs to assist with reaching the goals of owners/lovers of our Equine Members.  DP is here to assist.  Therapy programs for both Children and Elders alike.

AEF member discount: 10% + off programs, clinics and camp rates.

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International Helmet Awareness Day

On July 12, 2014, get educated and take the time to check out some of the new, lightweight helmet styles for all disciplines. Find participating retailers offering one-time special discounts on helmet purchases only on International Helmet Awareness Day! Keep your noggin safe!

Retailers: Register to participate in the one-day promotion


Here's some good stats to keep in mind from the Equestrian Medical Safety Association:

  • A fall from two feet can cause permanent brain damage. A horse elevates a rider eight feet or more above ground.
  • A human skull can be shattered by an impact of 4-6 miles per hour. Horses can gallop at 30-40 miles per hour.

Helmet brands that have committed involvement in International Helmet Awareness Day 2014 to date include: Antares-Sellier, Champion, Charles Owen, Devon Aire, Gatehouse, GPA, International Riding Helmets (IRH), KEP Italia, LAS Helmets, One K, Ovation, Samshield, Tipperary, Troxel and Uvex.

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Endurance rider fundraising to compete at WEG in Normandy, FRA
Leanna Marchant of Calgary, AB and her equine partner of 10 years, Samsons Fire have been named to the Canadian Endurance Team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France! 

Sadly, representing Canada on an international level does not always come with an all expenses paid golden ticket, instead, it often involves a huge financial commitment. Leanna has started a crowdfunding page to help with the high costs involved in representing her country and sport on an international level. 

Please check it out, help spread the word, and contribute if you can. 
Best of luck, Leanna and Sam, we're proud of you!
Canada's First Nationally Certified Trail Riding and Tourism Instructors, Guides and Evaluators
Congratulations to the first class of certified trail Instructors, Evaluators and Guides, including 8 Albertans: Neil Maclaine, Undine Maclaine, Tracy Klettl, Timothy Mearns, and Ruth Ratcliffe! 
Photo credit: Equine Canada
The new Canadian Trail Riding and Tourism Certification Program kick started their series of national certification evaluations in New Brunswick at the Broadleaf Guest Ranch held June 11-13. Eighteen people from eight provinces took part in this ground-breaking event for trail riding in Canada and are now certified as professionals in the trail riding industry.
Ways to compensate your employees  
Kevin Haughton

There are many ways to structure total compensation packages for your employees. Many employers only think about wages or salaries and vacation days. However, one of the best solutions, a group benefit plan is often overlooked. 


Generous employee benefits programs can help you to entice high quality workers, retain valuable employees and improve labor relations. In addition, good benefit plans can actually assist your employees in being more productive and effective.  In fact, many employees would rather have an employee benefit program instead of increased wages or additional vacation days.


Money put towards an employee benefits plan is received by your employees as a tax free benefit. If you put that same amount of money into a cash bonus, they only receive about 65-70% of the amount after taxes and deductions. Benefit plans are one of the best tools available to employers as a way to flow through additional compensation in a tax free manner. Not to mention that every penny you spend on the program is a 100% tax write- off for your company at the end of the year. 


AEF business members will receive a complementary review, audit and marketing of their current program, value $500.00!


Congratulations, Aliera Chernoff!
Live Outside the Box April/May bi-monthly draw winner

Aliera is the proud new owner of a pair of brand new Muck Boots!


Live Outside the Box participants who submit their hours each month are automatically entered in the bi-monthly draws.  Get your hours in - you could be the next winner! 

Canada Awarded 2015 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships
Cayuse Creek Ranch in Millbrook, ON, will host the 2015 Pan American Endurance Championships, a 120km long race.
In Memorium
Photo credit: Thunderbird
Canadian equestrian industry icons, Jump Canada Hall of Fame inductees and owners of Thunderbird Show Park in BC, George Tidball, passed away on June 3rd at the age of 83 followed almost 3 weeks later by wife Dianne Tidball, who passed away on June 21 at 81 years of age.  More... 
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