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Manage A Sports Program - Equestrian Specific - Specific Emphasis on Equine Nutrition for the Performance Horse and Insurance for Equestrian Coaches

Date: November 28 - 29, 2015
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Featured Business Members

At Alberta Carriage Supply, we participate in a number of driving events and use horse drawn farm implements, wagons and sleighs. This led to inevitable repairs being required as a result of breakdowns, and every day wear and tear. As we found no easy access to parts and repairs, we took several courses from practicing wheelwrights and the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon. We maintain a complete inventory of carriage and wagon parts, harness and provide a full repair service. Our practical experience in driving gives us a good understanding of how things should work, and what happens when they don't.

Provides safe & reliable equine transportation services for leading equestrian facilities in the Calgary area and are hired by internationally recognized trainers and riders to handle their regular and specialized equine transportation requirements.

We operate primarily in the Southern Alberta area and provide horse show and charter service to all points in Western Canada and the USA.

We are commercially licensed, insured and authorized to operate in Canada and the USA. We utilize late model safety inspected trucks and trailers.
AEF Programs

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

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AEF Employment Opportunity - Competitions Coordinator 

Are you interested in working within a supportive team environment where you feel appreciated and share a passion for horses? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

The Alberta Equestrian Federation is searching for a dedicated and passionate candidate to fill a maternity leave position of Competitions Coordinator. 

The successful candidate will assist the AEF to benefit members by helping to grow and develop competitions in Alberta, meet the needs of equine competitors, show organizers and Officials!
If this sounds like a challenging ride for you, giddy up and apply today to join our team of dedicated staff.

Please click here to view the job posting and share with anyone you think might be interested.
We Want to Share Your Equine Photos and Comments!

Send us a picture of yourself, your kids, or your friends enjoying some quality time with your equine companions to and we'll publish it in the next issue of Alberta Bits, the official magazine of the Alberta Equestrian Federation!

Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

Jump Alberta Symposium - Coach PD Points
November 20 - 22, 2015 - Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, AB
HP Manage an Equestrian Sport Program
Registration Now Open! November 28-29, 2015 - Blazing Hearts Ranch, Aldersyde, AB

NCCP Equestrian Theory Course
January 30 - 31, 2016 - Okotoks, AB

Please contact our Coaching Coordinator at for more information and registration. 

See Instructor and Coaches Calendar for all upcoming events.

Competitions & Clinics
Course Designer Clinic - March 19 - 20, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the AEF will be hosting an Equine Canada Course Designer Clinic in Calgary, Alberta this winter. The clinic will be open to all current AEF members and anyone interested in learning more about the aspects of Course Designing. This course is also beneficial to:
  • Course Designers needing to update their status or candidates interested in becoming a certified course designer;
  • Coaches wanting to learn more about how course designers are challenging competitors;
  • Athletes who are interested in learning how and why competitions courses are designed a particular way.
Event Details: 
Date: March 19 - 20, 2016
Location: Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, AB
Clinician: Peter Grant (EC Senior Hunter/Jumper Course Designer & FEI Level 3 Course Designer)

Stay tuned for more information and registration for this upcoming clinic! 

CIEC 2015 Team Alberta Results

The entire AEF team would like to congratulate the 2015 CIEC Team Alberta for participating and competing so well on leased horses! A special congratulations to the Alberta reiner team who took home the Silver medal for their discipline!

Becky Farrell, dressage rider, received an 8th place ribbon; Jada Wagner, jumper rider received a 6th and a 10th place ribbons. Reiner rider Alexandra Hibberd received an 8th place ribbon and her sister Sarah Hibberd received 2nd and 4th place ribbons. Krystal Hansen received a 6th and 9th place ribbons and finally Maxine Whiteside received a 1st place ribbon in the final reining class of the event.

All riders did extremely well, especially since they only had two days to school with their leased horses for the competition!

New Wild Rose Show Incentives for 2016

The AEF is introducing two new incentives in 2016 to encourage safe and ethical competitions in Alberta.

Pay it Back - Wild Rose Officials Funding
Designed to offset a portion of the costs associated with hiring an official. Applications will be accepted in November and officials' fees incurred during 2016 will be considered. Show organizers have the opportunity to apply, once per calendar year. 
Wild Rose Member Referral
For every five brand new members that join the AEF due to the show organizer's efforts, the AEF will provide a $25 voucher redeemable on their next Wild Rose Show sanctioning application. 
Vouchers have no cash value but also do not expire! Referrals may be accumulated over several events and used the following year.

Learn more about sanctioned competitions here.

Funding, Scholarships & Bursaries
AEF Scholarships

Are you attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in an equine related area of study? AEF has multiple scholarships to help you reach your aspirations. 

Applications for the 2016 AEF Educational Scholarship and 2016 Bill desBarres Industry Scholarship are now available. Application deadline is May 31, 2016.

Visit our website to learn about all the scholarships available. 

Industry & Agriculture
Changes to the Animal Health Legislation
Alberta's Chief Provincial Veterinarian would like to again remind livestock owners about changes to the Animal Health Act and regulations, which came into effect on June 30, 2014.

Alberta's animal health legislation was updated to ensure it continues to meet the evolving needs of livestock owners and the agriculture industry, and to make sure the legislation continues to effectively protect animal and public health. For example, some of the changes clarify policies and requirements, recognize modern practices, or allow for more flexibility and options for the livestock industry.

Ideas and information provided by Alberta's agriculture industry were instrumental in building and updating the legislation - making it stronger and more valuable, and recognizing the cutting-edge industry that exists today.

Click here for more information on the changes to Animal  Health Legislation. 

Regional Presentations 


The AEF team hit the road in October, traveling to Lethbridge, Edmonton and Grande Prairie, to meet with current and prospective members to discuss the various resources and programs available through the AEF membership. Mike King from Capri Insurance joined us for our Regional Presentations to answer questions regarding the great insurance coverage provided with the basis AEF membership, as well as the varied insurance options. 

Congratulations to the AEF members who walked away from our presentation with one of the great door prizes, and thank you to everyone who visited with our team! 

We hope to meet many more of our great community members at future AEF events. 

Blainville Equestrian Park To Close


The city of Blainville, which owns the Blainville Equestrian Park in Quebec, has announced that it plans to "end equestrian competitions on its territory and to convert the park into installations reserved to soccer and football."

Click here to learn more about this set closure.

Time to Renew  

If you were a member in 2014 and/or 2015 you have received your personalized 2016 Membership renewal form with your Fall edition of Alberta Bits which was mailed out to you in mid-October. DON'T WAIT - renew your membership now to avoid a lapse in your membership and the insurance provided through your membership. 

If you currently have a 2015 AEF annual membership it will expire December 31, 2015. You can also renew your 2016 membership online or download the membership application form to submit to the office. 

Remember - if you need a 2015 membership before the end of the year, our extended 2015-2016 membership with an expiry date of December 31, 2016 is available to new members or lapsed members.   This extended membership is available until December 31.   

Congratulations to Nikolai Zayika -September's LOTB Muck Boot Winner!

We are excited to announce that Nikolai Zayika is the Live Outside The Box Muck Boot winner for August! 

Stay tuned for 2016 LOTB registration!

Live Outside The Box Grand Prize Winners
The hours have been counted and we are excited to announce our Live Outside The Box (LOTB) grand prize winners! 

Highest Number of Hours of Horse Time
1st - Raina Irons / 2nd Sienna Gullickson / 3rd Tyne Alliban

Lowest Number of Hours of Screen Time
1st - Emma Busson / 2nd Megan Gubbins / 3rd Kate Gubbins

Highest Number of Hours of Outdoor Activities
1st - Teagan Brink / 2nd Zoey Losey / 3rd Zephyrin Losey

We are so excited to announce that our LOTB Alberta Buckaroo's logged a total of 11,161 hours of horse time and 10,018 hours of outdoor activity time between April 1 - Sept 31st!

AEF Optional Membership Insurance - Travel Insurance

Will you be travelling out of the province or country? Be sure to check out the Optional Travel Insurance available for purchase with your AEF Membership. 

Trips up to 90 days in duration and does not exclude your participation in most equine related activities. The travel policy must be purchased PRIOR to leaving Alberta and can be purchased online or by giving the AEF office a call. Check it out!

Recreation & Trails
A Reward Program for Recreational Riders
Log Your Hours and get Rewards!

The Alberta Equestrian Federation is proud to offer this program to help promote active living within Alberta.  We always enjoy hearing our riders' and drivers' wonderful stories about how they achieved their Ride and Drive Hour Levels.  Those who complete the 1000 hour and 2000 hour levels are featured in our monthly e-news, posted on the Ride and Drive webpage and featured in Alberta Bits magazine.  Sign up today and become part of the Ride and Drive Community; earn rewards for the time you were going to spend in the saddle or behind the breeching anyway! 

Monthly Features
Featured Store Item

Christmas is just around the corner. Don't be disappointed, get your favorite equestrian their very own copy of the very popular Horse Savvy Daytimer or one of the other great items available from our online store. This daytimer is available for purchase through your membership renewal as well.

$30 includes shipping, handling and GST!

Available through the AEF Online Store or pick up your copy at the AEF Office in Calgary. 
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