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December, 2014
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In This Issue
Casino Volunteers
AEF Bursaries
AB Sports Hall of Fame Awards
Horse Shooting
AB Equestrians in the News
AEF Member Discounts
LOTB Winners
Feeding Horses in Winter
NEW Incentive program
Recreation survey
Alberta Sport Connection Awards
NEW nominate a member
Import restrictions lifted
AEF still needs your votes!
New AEF bylaws
Quick Links
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Do you have a horse lover on your Christmas list?   Be sure to check out our new clothing and other great items on our online store!   

NEW- Ladies' 100% microfleece jacket-offering warmth without bulk
AEF T-shirt. Crew and V-neck styles available 
Day planner and equine health care record
Events Calendar

AEF Club and Business members - include your events! 
Contact us for details.

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Alberta Equestrian Federation
#100 251 Midpark Blvd SE
Calgary, AB  T2X 1S3
The AEF office will be closed for the holidays from Dec 22-Jan 2 inclusive
Don't forget to renew your 2015 AEF membership before January 1st so you get full use of your membership right away!
NOTE: If you require an Equine Canada Sport Licence, you must
purchase your required AEF membership prior to renewing/purchasing your Sport Licence online. Failure to do so will prevent your sport licence renewal/purchase.
Back-Up Volunteers needed for the AEF Casino
Dec 28 & 29, 2014

Do you live in or around Calgary? Back-up volunteers are still needed for the AEF Casino for both day and evening shifts!


Back up (on call) volunteers are required for both days and for all positions.  They are only contacted prior to, or during the Casino in the event that another scheduled volunteer is unable to fulfill their shift.  Back up volunteers are not required to be at the casino unless they have been contacted to fill a cancellation, but they should live within an hours drive of Calgary as they may be required with short notice.


Please help us with this fundraising initiative and have some fun.  Complete a casino volunteer application today!

Charlene Baker & English Rider Bursaries

The AEF is pleased to be able to offer candidates participating in the English and Western Learn to Ride programs the opportunity to be selected as the recipient of one of our bursaries.


English Rider Bursary: Awarded to the applicant with the highest score on the Level 8 Learn to Ride Test. Completed applications must be submitted to be considered. $500 awarded annually.


Charlene Baker Bursary: Granted to the applicant with the highest score on the Level 4 Western Learn to Ride test. Completed applications must be submitted to be considered. $500 awarded annually.


For more details on how to become involved in the English/Western Learn to Ride programs please contact

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame call for nominations
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is accepting nominations for the 2015 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame induction. Nominations for this prestigious honour will be accepted until January 31, 2015.  Visit the website for details


Brooks RCMP Investigate Horse Shooting
Brooks RCMP are requesting public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the shooting of a horse that is suspected to have occurred between November 15, 2014 and November 19, 2014 at Range Road 145 and Township Road 182 near Brooks. 
Congratulations! AB Equestrians in the News:

David Ziegler
Shortlisted for the 2014 FEI Longines Rising Star Award, David Ziegler became the first rider in 40 years to medal in two disciplines (Dressage and Eventing) at the North American Young Rider Championships earlier this year. READ MORE>>

Kathy Irvine
Endurance rider, Kathy Irvine of Blackfoot, AB is one of two Canadians to receive an invitation to compete in His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's 8th annual Endurance Cup being held, Jan 10, 2015 in Dubai.  READ MORE >>


Kathryn Beunder, Samantha Starratt, Justine Tainsh 
These young athletes, all of Calgary, AB, have been selected as recipients of $2000.00 Jump Canada Bursaries. The Jump Canada Bursary Program provides financial support to worthy athletes based on the strength of applications received.  Some additional factors in the decision are: grades, academic curriculum, future educational plans, as well as notable competition results, goals within the equine industry and financial need.  
AEF Member Discounts
AEF Members save at these retailers (and more!):
New name, same great products!  

Strathcona Animal Bedding is now Strathcona Ventures!


Providing quality products and services for commercial and private barns arenas and event centres, and veterinary clinics including: 

EquiCrown compression bandages, WHOA Dust, Equimats, NAG Bags, Kentucky Komfort Platinum pine shavings, MDFP Shavings, AEGIS, SIROCCO Stall Freshener 


5% discount on product purchases for AEF members. 
(*excluding PolyRing Feeders/NAG BAGS.  Cannot be combined with event or horse show specials.)



Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals

Complete customer satisfaction has made Omega Alpha Canada's best-selling line of herbal health products.


Watch for your exclusive member coupon in the Winter issue of Alberta Bits magazine

Live Outside the Box Winners-2014
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The Live Outside the Box Program encourages youth aged 7-15 years adopt a healthy lifestyle, and avoid screen time - (tvs, computers etc.)  Participants track their active hours to receive great rewards in 3 different categories.  


This year's winners received:

1st place - Vivitar Pro Sport Camera - with helmet mount

2nd place - Fujifilm Digital Camera

3rd place - Apple iPod Shuffle


VIEW the 2014 Winners>>


We would like to thank Muck Boots Canada - McNiven Ranch Supply Ltd. for their sponsorship of the 2014 Live Outside the Box Program.  

Best Practices For Feeding Horses In Winter
from HorseCollaborative
Zdenko Zivkovic, Flickr

Winter can be a tricky time of year for feeding horses, especially if you have older horses or horses that lose weight easily. Feeding the right diet during winter will help keep your horses healthy and in good body condition. Here are seven tips on how you can do it:

New Incentive Program for Coaches/ Facilities

This new 2015 incentive program is geared towards certified coaches and facility's/stables to encourage more rider level testing within the province of Alberta through the English and Western Learn to Ride Programs. The program will include (1) one $1,000 financial incentive for a facility/stable, and (1) one $500 financial incentive for current certified coaches per year for a total of $1,500 / calendar year. Coaches and Facilities/Stables interested in receiving this incentive, will be eligible by completing an application at the end of each year. READ MORE>>


For more information on the English/Western Learn to Ride Programs or available coaches/facilities for rider testing, please contact
Recreational Survey
Equine Canada is conducting a short survey to gather information on the recreational riding community's interest in educational and certification programs.
Alberta Sport Recognition Awards
Nominate someone today!

The Alberta Sport Connection recognizes and honours the significant contributions of individuals/teams who devote their time and effort to the development of sport. These are lifetime awards and are presented with the highest honours. The 2014 Athlete /Team of the Year, Coach Developer, Coaching, Officiating and Volunteer Recognition Awards will be presented at the Alberta Sport Leadership Conference - Awards Banquet in Banff on Friday, April 24, 2015. 


Nominate someone today! For more info visit: Alberta Sport Recognition Awards

Alberta Bits member profile
Nominate an individual to be featured in Alberta Bits!
Beginning in 2015, in each issue of Alberta Bits magazine, the AEF will profile a member who has stood out; made a difference in their community or to the horse industry; or just plain worked hard and achieved a goal.

Help us highlight these individuals in our new Member Profile feature.  Learn More>>  
Import Restrictions Lifted

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recently lifted import restrictions on horses from Texas.  The restrictions were put in place following an outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in the state, earlier this year. READ MORE>>
Vote for the AEF!

The AEF is participating in a grant contest held by ADP for the chance to win $10,000.  One contestant will be chosen per month from Nov - Apr based on accumulating the most amount of votes.
Votes may be cast once per day, so please vote and keep voting!

Vote for us!  Thank You! 
Bylaw Update
AEF Members voted in favour of the proposed bylaw changes at the Special General Meeting, held on Nov 8, 2014.

Wishing you, your families and equines a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We look forward to connecting with you in 2015!

l-r: Sonia Dantu, Rita Bernard, Allison Blackmore, Sophie Beaufils, Norma Cnudde, Erin Lundteigen.


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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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