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August 2015 ENews
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Date: September 19 - 27, 2015
Find events & competitions in your area

AEF Club and Business members post their own events on our calendar, just another great benefit of membership!

Carry the card that shows you support Alberta Equestrian Federation!
Muck Boots is proud to Sponsor LOTB 
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Advertise Your Business in Alberta Bits!

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AEF Member Forums and Classifieds
Featured Business Members

 Hi-Hog Farm & Ranch Equipment Ltd

Hi-Hog has been manufacturing Equine Stalls in Calgary since 1974. We carry a complete line of gates, panels, corrals and pens which we sell through Federated 
Co-op Ag Centres and Independent dealers in Alberta. Our product line is manufactured in Alberta using hi-tensile North American steel.

Building outdoor riding arenas.
AEF Programs

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

Coming This Fall To A Community Near You... 


The Alberta Equestrian Federation, in association with Capri Insurance, are proud to reveal the first in a series of our Regional Presentations. Developed with our members in mind, these events will provide an opportunity for the AEF to reveal what we are really about, who we are, all that we have to offer our members and much more. We encourage participation and invite everyone, not just AEF members, to come out. This is your chance to learn as well as provide input, ideas or feedback to your organization! 

The first release of these events will be on October 15th in Lethbridge, October 16th in Edmonton and October 17th in Grande Prairie. Location information will follow.

Feel free to contact Vanessa Morriss, Recreation & Industry Coordinator at

CAPRI Insurance Survey


Please take a moment and complete our survey in partnership with Capri Insurance Services. This survey  will assist us in identifying things we can do to improve the overall value of your relationship with us.  

Everyone who participates will be entered into a draw to win a $150 gift certificate from Greenhawk

Advertise In the upcoming Fall Alberta Bits Issue! 

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Deadline for the Advertising opportunities in the fall issue of Alberta Bits is September 11, 2015. 
Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

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

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

NCCP Equestrian Theory Course 
October 24 - 25, 2015 - Whitemud Equine Learning Centre, Edmonton, 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 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!  

Pan Am Gold For Canadian Show Jumping Team



The Canadian Show Jumping Team of Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC, Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, and Ian Millar of Perth, ON, won the gold medal at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games on July 23 at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Caledon, ON. 


Click here to read more.   

Officials Clinics


Manitoba Horse Council is offering an Equine Canada General Performance Western Judge Clinic on October 17 -18, 2015. Please click here for details. 


Saskatchewan Horse Federation is offering an Equine Canada Hunter/Jumper Judge Clinic on November 28 - 29, 2015. Please click here for details.


Funding, Scholarships & Bursaries
We Want To Help You With Your Post-Secondary Tuition!

If you are entering or enrolled in Animal Health Technologies at a Canadian accredited post-secondary institution, you are eligible for the AEF Bill desBarres Industry Scholarship.

Application deadline is September 30, 2015.
For more information on this scholarship and for the application please click here.

We wish all applicants the best of luck!

Industry & Agriculture
Progress In Pain Recognition 
By Jackie Bellamy-Zions, from the July 2015 Equine Guelph, Equine ENews

Hiding pain is one of the top survival skills of the horse.  An important part of horse ownership is learning to recognize the signs a horse may be in discomfort rather than dismissing certain subtle cues as just bad behavior.  Dr. Brianne Henderson recently gave a well-received lecture to a room full of horse owners in Hillsburgh, ON.  The attendees were interested in ensuring the welfare of their equine companions by honing their skills for detecting pain.

Equine Infectious Anemia
By Kathleen Winfield, for Alberta Horse Industry

You might have noticed that equine competitions and events are now beginning to request a negative result Coggins test as part of their requirements for entry into the competition or event.  If you frequently travel across international borders with equines you already know that a negative Coggins is required: but do you know why?  So - what is a Coggins test and what is it testing for?  

Click here for more information. 
What Is The ALERT Line?
AFAC Alert Line

ALERT is a call line for reporting livestock care concerns.
ALERT is available for self-reporting to assist those who may be experiencing problems in caring for their livestock.
ALERT is available to farm staff or farm visitors if they have concerns regarding livestock care and welfare.
ALERT strives to assist before animals are in distress.

Continue reading about the ALERT line on our blog.

Extended Memberships Available September 1, 2015

Are you a brand new member joining the AEF? Or do you still need to renew for 2015? 
The Extended AEF Membership will be available to you starting September 1st. This membership will provide coverage to you for the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016! An extended Basic Individual Membership is $80, or extended basic Family Membership is $170. 
If you are a new member, remember to mention the name and AEF number of the person who referred you to the AEF. The referring member will receive a $5 credit toward their 2016 AEF membership fees.
Optional Accidental Death & Dismemberment (Optional AD&D) - $30

Summer time is a great time to be out enjoying or getting to know our equine partners, but with increased use or inexperience comes the risk of increased injury. A basic membership with the AEF already includes a $30,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment policy (AD&D). An optional insurance available to our members (under age 75) is the optional AD&D including Fracture and Accidental Dental. This optional insurance provides an ADDITIONAL $50,000 in coverage and INCLUDES limited benefits for fracture and accidental dental arising from a horse related accident. The fracture and dental coverage pays up to a maximum of $5,000 each (maximum of $2,500 for fracture if a helmet is not worn at the time of the accident - so remember to wear those helmets!). $30 - a small price to pay for some great coverage!
Optional AD&D 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! 

If you are signing up for a new membership or renewing your existing membership you can also add this optional insurance during your membership purchase. 
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 the equine department at Capri Insurance a call directly at 1-800-670-1877.
Congratulations to Sierra Paterson - June's LOTB Muck Boot Winner!

We are excited to announce that Sierra Paterson is the Live Outside The Box Muck Boot winner for June! 

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

The AEF is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our members, Sonja Burton. She will be truly missed and our hearts go out to her family and friends during their time of sorrow. 

Recreation & Trails
Sharing The Roads in Alberta

Will you and your horse be heading to the open road this season? Maybe you'll be herding cattle or driving your new buggy to the neighbour's. Perhaps you'll be taking part in a charity event or just enjoying a ride down the road. Whatever your purpose may be, are you prepared? Do you know how to safely share the road with other vehicles?

The Alberta Equestrian Federation has developed a booklet to inform equestrians about the rules and regulations for riding on Alberta's public roadways.

Monthly Features
Featured Store Item

On the road this summer - take along this audio CD for over 70 minutes of horse specialist, Nettie Barr, sharing her thoughts on horsemanship and horse behaviour. Available through the AEF Online Store or pick up your copy at the AEF Office in Calgary. 
Additional Information
Equine Canada's Proposed By-laws & Articles of Continuance

Get engaged in the EC proposed By-laws and Articles of Continuance. Click here to read the proposed By-laws, Articles of Continuance and to register to vote. 
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