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May 2015 ENews
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Date: June 6, 2015
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AEF Club and Business members post their own events on our calendar, just another great benefit of membership!

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Featured Business Members
Expertise for the Equestrian"  Fully equipped tack shop for the hobbyist to high performer.  Qualified saddle fitters available for onsite fittings.

Willow Grove Stables

Offering boarding, training, sales, coach development, riding lessons, camps and showing

$25 discount on all CAMP programs. 

AEF Programs

Alberta Equestrian Federation gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Alberta through Alberta Sport Connection.

Meet Alfie, the New AEF Mascot!

The AEF mascot was introduced during this year's Mane Event

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest to name the AEF's brand new mascot! 

The winning name is Alfie submitted by Sherry of Calgary, AB. Congratulations! 

Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships Media Release


Equine Canada (EC) will host the fifth Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON from September 25-27, 2015.  This team event offers athletes the opportunity to test their skills against their peers from across Canada. Each province or territory can send one discipline team for Dressage, Jumping and Reining for both Junior and Senior riders to compete. 


 "This is the fifth year of the competition and we are looking forward to begin the process of searching and building a great team of Alberta members to participate this year in Ottawa, ON." says Sonia Dantu, executive director of the AEF.  


Click here to read the full media release.

Coaching & Education
Coaching - Save the Date: Fall HP Modules

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Coach & Official Grant Application Deadline: May 15th

Coaches and Officials play a key role in sports. That's why the Alberta Sport Connection offers grants for coaches and officials. These grants advance coaching and officiating development in Alberta, and support the Alberta Sport Plan and Canadian Sport Policy.

Submit your entry for the Alberta Sport Connection Coach and Official Grant Initiatives by visiting the Alberta Sport Connection website.

Competitions & Clinics

6 Reasons To Sanction Your Show With The AEF:


1) Risk Management - An AEF individual membership includes $5,000,000.00 Personal Liability Insurance coverage, to protect against most lawsuits for Bodily Injury or Property damage arising out of the ownership or use of a horse, or arising out of participation in most equine related activities. 

2) Certified officials - AEF certifies and promotes recognized officials for AEF sanctioned events; lists of officials can be found on the AEF website. EC officials can also be used, some restrictions may apply.

3) Competition/Event promotion - Sanctioned competitions are posted on the AEF Calendar of Events. The listing includes your contact information, the level of competition, as well as a link to the club website and/or the Show Prize List. The AEF Calendar of Events is one of the most visited pages at our website!

For the last three remaining reasons click here.


Funding & Grants
4th Annual Wild Rose Trail Ride Fundraiser

In partnership with Capri Insurance the AEF is pleased to announce that our 4th annual Wild Rose Trail Fundraiser will once again be held at Red Lodge Guest Ranch in Bowden on Saturday September 5, 2015. Reserve your spot today by completing and submitting the Wild Rose Trail Ride Registration Form to Ashley at or register online.

If you are unable to make it please consider making a donation to support non-profit therapeutic riding associations.

Industry & Agriculture
Mane Event Recap!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth during the Mane Event on April 24 - 26, 2015! Our team had a blast visiting with current members, talking to new members and providing information on AEF, and hanging out with Miss Rodeo Canada. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year's event on April 22 - 26, 2016!

If you had your photo taken with Miss Rodeo Canada during the Mane Event, visit our Facebook page to see your photo op!
Biosecurity Guidelines for Organizers and Competitors 

An outbreak of an infectious disease during or subsequent to an equine event has the potential to significantly impact the horse industry through loss of horse health and potentially life, loss of performance ability of individual horses, cancellation of events during disease outbreaks, increased veterinary costs, clean up costs and emotional stress. 


Download the guidelines here


Will You Be Participating In An Upcoming Parade?
Are you and your friends planning on participating in an upcoming parade? Participating non-commercially in parades such as the Ponoka Stampede or Calgary Stampede can be fun and exciting!

Contact the AEF office if you need confirmation of your 2015 membership or need to renew prior to your shining moment. We encourage you to pass information to your friends and/or family members who are planning on participating but don't yet have an AEF membership!  Remember to have them mention your name and AEF Number to obtain a referral credit. 
Register NOW for our Live Outside The Box Youth Program
Do you have an AEF member in your household between the ages of 7-15? We want to reward our young members who are spending less time in front of the TV and computer screens and more time outside with their horse! Visit Live Outside The Box to learn about this great program. Lots of awesome prizes to be won! 

Recreation & Trails
Become A Trail Supporter
Just a few dollars from each AEF member each year can make a huge difference in building and improving Alberta's equestrian trails.  If you like to explore new trails, or plan to in the future, help make Alberta the best place on earth to ride by making a contribution to the AEF Trail Supporter Fund.


The Trail Supporter Fund provides funding to AEF member clubs to assist them in trail projects like building and improving trails and horse-camping sites.  For a generous individual contribution of $35 or more, you will receive a Leave No Trace Canada handy reference card, for $60 or more you will receive a 32-page Leave No Trace Horse Use Skills & Ethics booklet and for a contribution of $100 or more, you will receive both items and recognition on our Trail Supporter Donor Wall.

 Download an AEF Trail Supporter contribution form or log on to your AEF account to contribute online.

Did You Know?  It costs approximately $3000 for every 1 km to build new trails!

Ride And Drive - Accomplishments 

Sisters Veronica (March 2015 issue) and Jacelyn Pedersen have both reached the 1000 hour mark in our Ride and Drive Program.  Looks like this is a family affair for these young ladies as they enjoy their horse time both in and out of the saddles.  Keep up the good work girls!


Please join the AEF in congratulating Jacelyn and Veronica Pedersen on reaching 1000 hours in the saddle!  This is a huge accomplishment and surely the 2000 hour mark is in their future!


Be sure to check future issues as you or someone you know may be our next featured Ride and Drive member! 


Monthly Features
Featured Store Item

The P'tit Trot program is designed for children 5 years of age and up, their parents and/or coaches. It is a program devoted solely to the initiation of equitation and to the horse world so that young children can discover the pleasures of english or western equitation and understand how to care for horses. 

For more information on the P'tit Trot books please visit our online store.

Check out the AEF store for more articles of clothing, books, DVDs, and merchandise. 
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Refer a NEW AEF Member and receive a $5.00 credit toward your membership fees (up to a maximum of 3 referrals per calendar year for a total of $15.00 per individual or family)!  Simply ENSURE the NEW member indicates both your name and AEF Number on their membership application form or through online renewal.  


Referral credits have no cash value and can  be applied to AEF membership only.