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September, 2014
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2014-2015 Extended membership Available
Coaching/Officials clinics
LOTB Draw winner
AEF Casino
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Hannah Carlson and LJ Lookin Classic aka "Ally"
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Alberta Equestrian Federation
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Calgary, AB  T2X 1S3
Welcome to the AEF September Enews!  

Looking for a fun activity this month?  Join us for the 3rd annual Wild Rose Trail Ride, September 14 at the Red Lodge Guest Ranch in Bowden to help us raise funds for this year's selected therapeutic riding groups:
  • Foothills Therapeutic Riding Association, 
  • Rundle Riders Therapeutic Riding Association
  • Uplift Therapeutic Riding Association

No horse? No Problem!  Rental horses are still available!

Bringing your own horse? Why not share the cost.  The AEF forums are a great place to find people who are offering trailer space or looking to catch a ride.


Learn more and register to participate by visiting our website  

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2014-2015 Extended Membership Now Available

Have you forgotten to renew your 2014 Individual/Family AEF Membership, or are you wishing to be a new member?   Now's a great time to sign up.  The 2014-2015 Extended Membership is now available for new or lapsed members.  Purchase/Renew online  or download the form


The Total Compensation Discussion.

As companies change and grow, so too should their compensation for their employees. When most people think about compensation, the ideas of hourly rate or annual salary are what come to mind. As an employer however, total compensation means much more.


Compensation packages also include components like vacation days, paid time off, sickness policies and group benefits to cover health and dental expenses.


If the idea of compensation remains in the salary/hourly rate area, then opportunities can be missed to ensure you are attracting and retaining the best staff for your business. Employees are savvier these days. They know that a raise of $1000, only means about $700 in their pocket after taxes and deductions. However, if you were to instead put $1000 into a group benefit plan, your employee receives every dollar of that, tax free. Group benefit programs are a great way to ensure that the entire increase you provide your employees, flows through to them in the most complete tax efficient manner possible.


Another benefit of a group benefit program is that you as the employer, are able to write off every single penny you invest in the program as a business expense at the end of the year.


So when considering changes or increases to your employee's compensation packages, be sure that you consider the benefits, you and your staff receive with the implementation of a group benefit program.


If you would like a complementary review of your current program, or if you would like to discuss options and costs of a new program, please feel free to contact us for information at any time. 




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Upcoming Officials/Coaching clinics


General Performance Judges' Clinic

AEF will host an Equine Canada General Performance Judges' Clinic Nov. 1-2, 2014 at Olds College (Olds , AB). Come and join us whether you are a judge looking for certification, updating or if you just want to learn more about General Performance judging. EC Senior GP judge Lorraine Gilchrist will deliver a two day course for any interested AEF member. 

Registration Form


EC National Steward Clinic

November 1, 2014 in Shawinigan, QC.

More info here


NCCP Competition Coach Workshop


Calgary, Alberta

This is an in classroom course. It is an excellent course for instructor/coach candidates seeking future certification, as well as a refresher for exisiting coaches. It is a build on the NCCP Equestrian Theory Course.

This course will cover the following modules:

  • Designing an Equestrian Sport Program
  • Managing an Equestrian Sport Program
  • Training Basic Mental Skills

Registration Form

 Intended for ages 17 years of age and up.

NCCP Equestrian Theory Course

November 15/16, 2014 

Calgary, Alberta

This is an in classroom course. It is an excellent course for instructor/coach candidates seeking future certification, as well as a refresher for exisiting coaches.

This course will cover the following modules:

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

Registration Form

 Intended for ages 15 years of age and up.


Interested in Becoming  a Certified Western or English Instructor/Coach?

The AEF will be running evaluations this fall for both disciplines! Please contact if you are interested!


AEF Western Instructor of Beginner (IOB) / Competition Coach (CC) Evaluation

October 18/19, 2014

Olds College, Olds, AB


AEF English Instructor of Beginner (IOB) Evaluation

November 22/23, 2014

WELCA, Edmonton, AB

LOTB draw winner

Congratulations to the Live Outside the Box June/July Bi-Monthly draw recipient - Sienna Gullickson!

Sienna will be receiving her very own pair of Muck Boots!

Special Thanks to Muck Boots, for their sponsorship of the Live Outside the Box Program this year!

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AEF Casino

Sunday, Dec 28 and Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at Calgary Casino, 1420 Meridian Road NE, Calgary.

Casinos are a vital way for the AEF to raise funds that help operate and deliver strong and viable member programs and services to the Alberta equine community.  You are invited to volunteer and we hope you will consider!  Volunteer for the AEF Casino this holiday season and have some fun!


Learn more about positions needed

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sonia Dantu or Norma Cnudde

Share this message with your members, friends, and family - encourage them out for a fun time!  Note: Volunteers DO NOT have to be an AEF member.


To volunteer, please complete, sign and date the AEF Casino volunteer application and return it to our office via fax, email or regular mail. The AEF will provide detailed information for accommodations and will confirm your participation in the Casino no later than November 21, 2014.  Thank you for the consideration and support!


Your AEF Team

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

the AEF gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Alberta through Alberta Sport Connection

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