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November, 2014
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AEF Fundraising contest
2015-Year of Sport
The AEF is Hiring!
What's Your Horse's Colic Risk?
Upcoming Clinics
Benefits of Late-Season Hay
Member Savings Opportunities
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Nobody's Horses....The Wild ponies of Alberta

This beautiful coffee table book by nature and wildlife photographer, Gilles Korent would make a wonderful addition to your coffee table.  $37.75

 Christmas is coming.  Wrap up this beautiful book for someone who loves horses! 
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Alberta Equestrian Federation
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Calgary, AB  T2X 1S3

Welcome to the AEF November Enews. (How did we get here already?)

Check out the AEF online store for some great books, clothing and other merchandise.  A great way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping for the horse-lover on your list, without all the running around.
Door prizes, snacks and coffee will be available.  Please join us at 10:30am Sat. Nov 8th at the Airdrie Ag Centre to vote on new AEF bylaws, share your voice! View map

Your AEF Membership expires Dec 31

AEF membership referral program

Receive $5 off your membership fee for referring new AEF members!  Max 3 referrals ($15) per person each year.
Help send Team AB to the CIEC!!
We need your votes!

The AEF is participating in the ADP Grant Contest for a chance to win $10,000 to help us send a team of Alberta athletes and coaches to the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) in 2015! 

The contest winner will be determined based on the number of votes an organization receives. 


Please show your support and help us win this contest by voting on our profile page - and keep voting daily! (Votes can be cast once every 24 hours)  The contest winner will be selected based on the organization accumulating the most votes.


2015 the Year of Sport in Canada

Governor General of Canada, David Johnston has declared that next year will be "The Year of Sport in Canada", due to the number of major international sport events taking place here. Johnston referred to the Pan Am Games, the FIFA Women's World Cup, and the IIHF World Hockey Junior Championships all taking place in Canada next year. Johnston anticipates "a truly memorable sporting year."


We're Hiring!

It's not how fast you go, it's about enjoying the ride!


The AEF is excited to announce that we are adding to our team and invite you to apply!


A new position of 'Recreation and Industry Coordinator' has been created to help the AEF with continued growth, expansion and to meet the needs of members in Alberta!


Does this sound like a challenging ride for you?  If so, giddy up and apply today.  Closing date is November 14.


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Does your exercise program change with the onset of fall and winter?  Sudden changes in diet and routine are among the top colic risk factors.


As horses shift from a high moisture diet (grass) to a low moisture diet (hay), the risk of colic is increased.  Don't believe the absence of hot weather is a reason to make less trips to the water troughs or water buckets; horses will be seeking water to aid in the digestion of that dry hay.


Visit Equine Guelph's Colic Risk Rater to determine your horses level of risk and learn more about preventative measures you can take. 

Please help us fundraise, click on the graphic above for more information.

Upcoming Clinics:

Equine Canada Jumper Judge's Clinic 


When: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Where: Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB

Who: with EC Senior and FEI Jumper judges Kim Morrison and Tom Michiel

Cost: $100

Registration Deadline: January 1, 2015


View the Agenda and Registration Form   

Jump Alberta Symposium - Strategic Planning for the Competition Year


When: Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Where: Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, AB

Cost: $65 - ($55 if registered by Nov 13)


View the Symposium Agenda and Registration Form  

Benefits of Late-Season Hay for Horses
Kentucky Equine Research
The hay man has a variety of hays available, including the yellow or brown, less leafy fall hays. Although they might not be as physically attractive and green as the hay harvested earlier in the summer, there are many benefits to late-cut hays. Continue reading...

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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