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Upcoming Event
 EC Course Designer Clinic

Date: March 19 - 20, 2016
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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

Martin Deerline John Deere Tractors

Martin Deerline is a John Deere Dealership with nine locations across North Central Alberta to serve all your equipment needs. 

Discounts up to 28% Off New John Deere equipment for current AEF members.

Vitality Equine offers whole body massage which will benefit your equine partner no mater age, discipline or breed. 
Current AEF members receive 25% off their first massage.
AEF Programs

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

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Call For Directors at Large - AEF Board 

The AEF is searching for candidates for directors at large who support the objectives, goals and activities of the AEF and who would like to be active members of the organization. The AEF is comprised of individual, family, club and business members. The membership is invited to the Annual General Meeting and will elect individuals to fill these vacancies (2) on the board. Members may also place their vote electronically prior to the AGM. For more information and/or to apply please visit the AEF website

Nominations can be made at any time, up to Friday, January 22, 2016 at 4:30pm.
Stride With Us - AEF AGM & Celebration of Members

Members are invited to attend the Alberta Equestrian Federation Society's dynamic AGM on March 12, 2016, 11:00pm - 4:30pm at Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds, AB.  The AGM will run from 1:10pm - 2:20pm. 

There is no fee for members, however registration is mandatory due to maximum occupancy at the facility. 

Sneak peak of the day's events: 
  • Equine nutrition and options for feed;
  • AGM and annual report;
  • Update from Equine Canada CEO, Eva Havaris;
  • Freestyle dressage; 
  • Natural horsemanship;
  • Vaulting with the best (Alberta's 2014 WEG athletes);
  • Light afternoon snacks; 
  • and more... 
Registration is required for this event as space is limited. Current AEF members can register here

Registration will be available open for non members after February 12, 2016 at a fee of $10.
NEW: Free Stable/Facility Listing - Sign up today! 

The AEF is pleased to offer you a free stable/facility listing with no reins attached! 

Due to high demand, the AEF has launch our brand new searchable stable/facility directory on our website. There is no cost associated with this complimentary listing; however, there is an option to upgrade any listing and receive additional benefits.

Access the application package here to participate in this new complimentary initiative! We hope you will consider adding your stable or facility to this listing, which will be made available this month for all equine enthusiasts to access!

Your Opinion Matters - Member Survey & Enter to Win a Pair of Muck Boots! 

Are you maximizing your membership? It is important to us to know what we can do to continue to strengthen the equestrian community in the province. We want to hear from our members about our programs and how we can improve them. The survey only takes five minute and remember to enter your email at the end for a chance to win a pair of Muck Boots - the draw will be made after the survey closes February 10, 2016.

Take our member survey.

2016 Membership Renewals

How do you use your membership? Whether you are a seasoned competitor or simply like to take a weekend trail ride, your AEF membership can come in handy.

2015 AEF memberships have expired! Renew your membership today to avoid a lapse in coverage. 

Renew or purchase a Club Membership.

Renew or purchase a Business Membership

Remember to refer an unlimited number of new members to receive your 2017 membership absolutely free!

Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

NCCP Equestrian Theory Course
January 30 - 31, 2016 - Okotoks, AB
Registration Open - Application
Registration Deadline - January 22, 2016

Provincial Western Coaching Update - Include Rider Testing Training/Coaching Transition
February 13 - 14, 2016 - Olds, AB

Provincial English Coaching Update - Include Rider Testing Training/Coaching Transition
February 13 - 14, 2016 - Olds, AB

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

Competitions & Clinics
Upcoming Clinics 

Sanction your shows this year with the AEF Wild Rose Program and reap the benefits! 

2016 Equine Canada show application forms are now on our website. Find everything you need to sanction your show here.

EC Course Designer Clinic
March 19 - 20, 2016 - Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, AB
Registration Open - Registration
Registration Deadline: March 4, 2016
AEF Driving Symposium 
August 27 - 28, 2016 - Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds, AB

EC General Performance and Western Judges Clinic
November 5 - 6, 2016 - Olds College, Olds, AB

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

Course Designer Clinic - March 19 - 20, 2016      

Save your spot at the Equine Canada Course Designer Clinic at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, AB this March! The clinic will be open to all current AEF members.
This course is 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)
Registration Open - Application
Registration Deadline: March 4, 2016

FEI World Equestrian Games - Bromont 2018 Update      

Bromont is getting ready to welcome the world to the FEI World Equestrian Games from August 11 - 26, 2018. An event that promises to be larger than life, for the whole family and for all to enjoy. Once again, Bromont will display its legendary hospitality, its country setting and the many charming villages of the Eastern Townships with open arms. All this as part of a long tradition of intentional competitions that followed the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, from equestrianism all the way to skiing and mountain biking.

To continue reading to learn how FEI is preparing for the upcoming games in Bromont, please click here

Industry & Agriculture
In Memory of Albert H. Kley

Albert H. Kley was a remarkable equestrian who touched the lives of many of our members, and played a key role in the development of the sport within Alberta.

The AEF Board, Staff and Members extends their most sincere condolences to the friends & family of Albert, regarding his recent passing. He will be greatly missed by all.

For more information please click here.

EC Nominations Open

Equine Canada (EC) is pleased to announce that nominations are officially open for the 2016 EC board of directors. 

Prospective candidates interested in serving on the EC Board of Directors are encouraged to visit the EC website for full application eligibility information, instructions and deadlines. 

Recreation & Trails
Become a Trail Supporter! 

With the help of our valued members and friends, the AEF Trail Supporter fund has received more than $25,000 over the past few years. If you are an avid trail user we encourage you to donate in support of building and improving Alberta's equestrian trails. 

Did you know it costs approximately $3,000/per 1 km to build new trails?!

Eligible projects for funding include: 
  • New trail construction;
  • trail upgrade/improvements/rehabilitation;
  • Bridge and water crossing construction, upgrades or rehabilitation;
  • Signage;
  • Trail surveying and tracking;
  • Horse camp facilities;
  • Trail head modification to accommodate horses and horse trailers. 
If you have a trail project you may apply for funding 
here. Submission deadline is 
May 15, 2016.

Monthly Features
Featured Store Item 

Stay organized this year with the very popular Horse Savvy Day Timer. This day timer is available for purchase through the AEF online store as well as on our membership renewal.

$30 includes shipping, handling and GST!  

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