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Date: September 5, 2015
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AEF Programs

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

The Importance of Water 

Water is the single most important nutrient in the management of horses. Equines will limit their water intake to the point of dehydration if the quality of drinking water is compromised. They may also limit their intake of water from a new source, such as when moved to a new location. 


Learn more about the importance of water here.

Expand Your Horse Community!

What if you had the opportunity to meet equine enthusiasts from around your area in a casual setting with refreshments, valuable information, resources, door prizes and giveaways? Keep your eyes peeled for more information on our upcoming Regional Presentations in your area! For more information, contact Vanessat at
Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

Willow Grove Learn to Teach Camp
July 27-30, 2015 - Willow Grove Stables, De Winton, AB
August 24 -27, 2015 - Willow Grove Stables, De Winton, AB

English Instructor of Beginners/Competition Coach Evaluations
July 30-31, 2015 - Willow Grove Stables, De Winton, AB
August 27-28, 2015 - Willow Grove Stables, De Winton, AB

Western Instructor of Beginners Evaluation
August 4, 2015 - WNE Reining and Performance Horses, Cochrane AB

AHTA Leslie Law Clinic
August 4-7, 2015 - Alhambra, AB

Save the Date: Manage an Equestrian Sport Program
November 28-29, 2015 - Calgary, AB

Please contact Erin Lundteigen at for more information and registration. 

See Instructor and Coaches Calendar for all upcoming events.

Competitions & Clinics

Thank you to our Team Alberta CIEC Partners, Capri Insurance and Jump Alberta!  


It would not be possible to send team Alberta to the 2015 CIEC in Ottawa, Ontario, without the support from our amazing partners. AEF and the entire Alberta CIEC Team would like to extend a warm thank you to Capri Insurance and Jump Alberta for supporting the 2015 CIEC!  


4th Annual Wild Rose Trail Ride

The AEF is hosting the 4th Annual Wild Rose Trail Ride (WRTR) at Red Lodge Guest Ranch in Bowden, AB on September 5, 2015. This annual fundraising event is organized to raise funds and awareness to support local non-profit therapeutic riding association. 

Across the province, the therapeutic associations' great work in helping adults and children enjoy the beneficial relationship with horses in a safe and positive environment makes them 'unsung' heroes in Alberta. Without a doubt, these associations have provided many positive learning and growth opportunities and also provide an important recreational and mental break.  These associations have strict guidelines in working with vulnerable people.  The well-trained horses with quiet dispositions and dedicated and experienced volunteers ensure a positive and enhancing experience. Each year, three AEF member associations benefit from the funds raised by this event.

We would like you to please consider becoming a  WRTR sponsor, donating what you can in support and/or attend this year's event. For more information, please contact Ashley at 1-877-463-6233 or

Thank you in advance to those who contribute to this great cause and event. 

Industry & Agriculture
Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue 

Alberta Farm Animal Care held the first Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue course in Alberta on June 25th - 26th. AEF's Recreation and Industry Coordinator attended the course to get the inside scoop! Learn about the course here to help determine if you should attend the next TLAER. 
Gayle Ecker Receives Equine Industry Vision Award

Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, was named the recipient of the 14th annual Equine Industry Vision Award. Zoetis, in partnership with American Horse Publications (AHP), presented the award to Ecker at the AHP Seminar in San Antonio, Texas. 

The Equine Industry Vision Award is the first major award to showcase innovation across the equine industry. 

Read the full article here to learn more about Gayle and her dedication to the Equine industry.

Did You Know AEF Offers Members Named Perils

Summer is here! Along with summer comes the risk of storms as well as increased wild animal activity.

While statistics aren't available for the number of horses killed annually by lightning, windstorms or wild animals, it does happen. Adding on the Members Named Perils (MNP) insurance does provide coverage for any horse(s) you own in the event they were to die from one of the perils named in the policy, some of which are fire, lightning, transportation accident, attack by a dog or wild animal, windstorm, drowning, and there's more. MNP provides coverage to a maximum of $10,000 and can be applied regardless of the number of horses owned. Losses are restricted to one claim per year. 
MNP can be added to your existing membership at any time. Simply log in and select "Add Insurance, Ride and Drive or Donations to Existing Alberta Equestrian Federation Membership" or give us a call at the office (1-877-463-6233 or 403-253-4411). We would be happy to help you! 
For more information on this coverage or any of the other optional coverages which can be added to your AEF Membership at any time, check out our Optional Insurance page or the Capri Summary of Insurance, or give Capri Insurance a call directly at 1-800-670-1877.
With Deepest Sympathy

The AEF would like to extend our deepest sympathies on the passing of one of our members, Sandra Hodgins. Sandra passed away on her birthday, June 18 after a brave battle. She was a vivacious, kind and lovely lady who always had a ready smile and was a huge supporter of the dressage community. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during their time of sorrow.
Congratulations to Nessa Ingram - May's LOTB Muck Boot Winner!

We are excited to announce that Nessa Ingram is the Live Outside The Box Muck Boot winner for May! 

Dust off those boots, get outside and have fun with your horse! Register today for  your chance to be the next LOTB winner.

Recreation & Trails
Trail Etiquette

It's that time of year again, to pack up the trailer and horse(s) and hit the open trails!  Hikers, cyclists and horseback riders are sharing the trails more and more each day, and some hazards can arise when these various outdoor enthusiasts are out on the same trails.  If everyone practices good trail etiquette and shows consideration to others, a better outdoor experience can be shared by all.

Continue reading our trail ride etiquette tips here
Ride and Drive

You spend hours every week in the saddle and/or behind the breeching, and did you know that you can earn rewards from AEF for doing just that?! Register today for our Ride and Drive program to start accumulating hours and collecting rewards! 

Visit our Ride and Drive Program for more information and/or to register!


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Specially designed for the AEF! Proceeds from the sales of these shirts helps to support our youth programs, such as Live Outside the Box. Available through the AEF Online Store or pick up your size at the AEF Office in Calgary. 
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