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Upcoming Event

 The Mane Event Equine Education | Trade Show | Clinics

Date: April 21 - 24, 2016
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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!

Advertise Your Business in Alberta Bits!

View our media package for details. 
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During the spring, summer and fall we enjoy trail riding; whether it be a short day ride or up to two-week long pack trips in the Rocky Mountains. In the winter we pull out the sleighs and enjoy the snowy weather sleigh riding in our local area. We are for all levels of riding experience and can provide everything from the horse to all the tack and gear needed. We are open to suggestions and love catering to custom ideas. Previous adventures include overnight groups, wagon rides, birthdays, ladies' weekends, family weekends at our private campsite and honeymoon pack trips.

Strathcona Ventures represents a new generation of products and services for horse health, comfort and safety.
All products meet the highest level of safety, quality and environmental protection.
AEF Programs

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

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Stride With Us - AGM & Celebration of Members

The AEF team is excited to see the registered AEF members and their guests at Horse in Hand Ranch for Stride With Us in conjunction with our Annual General Meeting on March 12, 2016.

Space is limited, and we have almost reached facility capacity. Please contact for last minute registration or wait list. 
Member Survey Winner - Barb Schumacher

We received a great response to the AEF member survey, and appreciate those individals who took the time out of their day to give us feedback. Our team is reviewing the responses and will be using the feedback received to make the AEF a better organization for our members. 

The winner of the free pair of Muck Boots is Barb Schumacher! Congratulations Barb!  

Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

EC/NCCP English Instructor/Competition Coach Evaluations
April 8 - 10, 2016 - Olds College, Olds, AB
Registration Applications available on our website. 
Registration Deadline: March 18, 2016

EC/NCCP Western Instructor/Competition Coach Evaluations
April 8 - 10, 2016 - Olds College, Olds, AB
Registration Applications available on our website. 
Registration Deadline: March 18, 2016

NCCP Equestrian Theory Course
May 28 - 29, 2016 - Okotoks, AB
Registration available soon.

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! 

EC Course Designer Clinic
March 19 - 20, 2016 - Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, AB
Registration Deadline: March 8, 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. 

Funding, Scholarships & Bursaries
AEF Scholarship Applications

The AEF is proud to help support our members' post-secondary education with two different scholarships

The AEF Educational Scholarship is available to current AEF members who are pursuing an equine-related post-secondary education. Deadline - May 31, 2016.

The Bill desBarres Industry Scholarship is available to current AEF members who are entering or enrolled in Animal Health Technology at a Canadian accredited post-secondary educational institution. Deadline - May 31, 2016. 

Other funding opportunities available for AEF members:

Industry & Agriculture
Save The Date: Mane Event - April 21 - 24, 2016

The Make Event is still seeking riders for a variety of equine clinicians. Click here for the list of clinics and rider application.

The AEF wants to see you at the upcoming Mane Event Equine Education and Trade Show from April 21 - 24, 2016 in Red Deer, AB. 

Special guest appearance by Miss Rodeo Canada at the AEF booth #8 on Saturday April 23, 2016. 

Equine Canada Annual Convention - April 20 - 24, 2016

Whether you want to fully immerse yourself and attend all four days, choose the days you attend "a la carte," or buy tickets solely for the 2016 EC Awards Gala, a variety of registration packages are available to fit all preferences. 

Event highlights include: 
  • Elite speakers and presenters;
  • Daily innovation sessions with industry leaders around the theme of building the future of Equestrian in Canada;
  • EC clinics led by top industry clinicians;
  • Special delegate offers and discounts, plus access to shopping and info at the EC convention Trade Expo;
  • More speakers, clinics, workshops and social events.
Register for the event here

Sign up Today! 

Don't get lost at the starting gait, sign up for your free stable/facility listing today!

Join the AEF and Alberta Stables/Facilities as we create an informative stable/facility listing for potential boarders and/or riders to browse for their criteria at ease. 

Access the application package here to participate in this new complimentary initiative!


Insurance - Weekly Accident Indemnity 
A common question posed to Capri Insurance when a member suffers an injury is: "Does my AEF membership cover me for lost wages? I was unable to work as a result of my accident." Unless the member has purchased the optional Weekly Accident Indemnity insurance the answer is "no". The Weekly Accident Indemnity (WAI) insurance provides income replacement in the event you are unable to work due to an accident, and includes, but is not limited to, injuries resulting from an equine related accident. Cover yourself and your wages, and apply for the WAI today. You must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to purchase this optional insurance. Check it out!

WAI can be added to your existing membership at any time. Simply log in and select "Add Insurance, Ride and Drive or Donations to Existing AEF Membership" or call the AEF office.

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.

Live Outside the Box 2016 Registration Now Available

The 2016 Live Outside the Box (LOTB) registration is now available. Register your 7 - 15 year old equine enthusiast for this free, fun and active program today!

Click here for information on the LOTB program.

Special thanks to our program sponsor, Muck Boots Canada - McNiven Ranch Supply Ltd. for supplying a pair of Muck Boots to each of the lucky monthly winners!
Recreation & Trails
Trail Supporter Funding Application Deadline - 
May 15, 2016 

The AEF Trail Supporter Fund (TSF) was established to provide support for AEF member clubs who have researched and planned a specific project related to the construction and/or maintenance of an equestrian trail, trailhead, or horse camping site in Alberta for public use. Read more.

Click here to download the TSF application form.

Fire Season Starts March 1, 2016

The 2016 wildfire season will officially start on March 1st. An early start to the wildfire season ensures firefighters are recruited, trained and positioned to respond quickly to any wildfires that happen in the early spring. 

Do your part to prevent wildfires this spring. Although it's cold and there is snow on the ground, the mild and dry winter conditions are favorable for holdover fires. A fire left smoldering can burn under the snow all winter long emerging as a wildfire in the spring. 

Click here for more information on the 2016 fire season. 

Monthly Feature
Featured Store Item 

The AEF black OGIO jackets are the perfect for those fresh spring rides outside. 

Available in ladies - XS, S, M, L and XL.

Sizing charts available on the AEF store. 

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