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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!

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Established to service central Canada's high-performance equine athletes by enhancing and maximizing the performance of the horse through preventative maintenance conditioning.

We are now focusing on training a "Better Way" and featuring regular clinics with Isla Adderson from ForTheHorse using the Philippe Karl School of Legerete training method. Everyone is having great success using this method of Masters. We also do specialized boarding treating each horse as an individual addressing specialized nutritional needs and working with a variety of alternative health professionals as well as the best of Veterinarians! Please visit our website or call for more information.
AEF Programs

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


Veterinary Work Experience Program 2016.  Application Deadline - April 15, 2016

Planning Update 
Find A Stable or List you Stable for FREE on the AEF Stable Directory!

Our brand new Stable/Facility directory allows you to search for stables/facilities based on city, disciplines and services offered. Find a Stable/Facility that meets your requirements.

If you are a stable/facility you can still join our free listing by completing the Stable/Facility Form!

Thank You for Striding with Us 

The AEF Board and Staff would like to extend a warm thank you to all of our members who joined us for our first annual Stride With Us at Horse In Hand Ranch on March 12, 2016. 

After the huge success of Stride With Us, our team is excited to start planning next year's event. 
Casino Volunteers Needed August 6 - 7, 2016!

Casinos are a vital way for the Alberta Equestrian Federation to raise funds that help to operate and deliver strong and viable member programs and services to the Alberta equine community.  You are invited to volunteer with us on August 6 & 7, 2016 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary and we hope you will consider!   

For more information click here.
Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

NCCP Equestrian Theory Course
May 28 - 29, 2016 - Okotoks, AB
Registration Application available on our website
Registration Deadline: May 16, 2106

NCCP Equestrian Theory Workshop
September 10 - 11, 2016 - Edmonton, AB
Registration Application available on our website.
Registration Deadline: August 29, 2016

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

NCCP Coaching Awards

The Equine Canada/NCCP National Coaching Awards recognize Coaches and Instructors from all disciplines and contexts who exemplify the coaching and teaching practices of the National Coaching Certification Program. Nominees are recognized for their contribution to the sport as an instructor and coach, whether their students are active in competitive sport, or recreational sport participants. 

Equine Canada has extended the deadline to April 12, 2016. 

Competitions & Clinics
Upcoming Clinics 

Sanction your shows this year with the AEF Wild Rose Program and reap the benefits! 
AEF Driving Symposium 
August 27 - 28, 2016 - Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds, AB
Registration Available Soon

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

Please contact our Competitions Coordinator at for more information.

Funding, Scholarships & Bursaries
Scholarship Applications are Now Available! 

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. Bill desBarres has graciously matched the $500 annual scolarship amount for a total of $1,000. Deadline - May 31, 2016. 
Funding Deadlines 

As a benefit of membership, members can apply for funds. 
  • Deadline: April 30, 2016
Therapeutic Clubs! Apply to be a recipient. The Wild Rose Trail Ride is an annual fundraising event held to raise money for AEF non-profit and charitable organizations offering therapeutic riding programs in Alberta.
  • Deadline: June 30, 2016
The Trail Supporter Fund was established to provide support for 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.
  • Deadline: May 15, 2016
Industry & Agriculture
We Can't Wait To See You At The Mane Event! 

Purchase your advance tickets before April 18th for an early bird ticket rate! 

The AEF team can't wait to meet you at the upcoming Mane Event Equine Education and Trade Show from April 21 - 24, 2016 in Red Deer, AB. 

We will be having a special guest appearance by Miss Rodeo Canada at the AEF booth #8 on Saturday April 23, 2016.  Be sure to stop by to get your free autograph and picture with Miss Rodeo Canada! 

Skin Matters

Along with the irritation of those little flying pests, our equine partners occasionally develop skin irritations that are not "bug" related. A wet spring and hot, dry summer can cause horses who haven't had issues in the past to develop some, and those with pre-existing conditions may have theirs aggravated. One of these conditions is scratches (also called mud fever, pastern dermatitis, greasy heels, cracked heels and dew poisoning).

Symptoms include: Painful papules on the pastern and fetlock which can become pus-filled. 
Causes: Most often occurs when the horse's lower limbs are moist for a prolonged period of time. 

When in doubt, check with your veterinarian.


Insurance - Member Named Perils
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! Along with the change in the weather 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 fire, lightning, windstorms or wild animals, it does happen. Adding on the Members Named Perils (MNP) insurance provides coverage to a maximum of $10,000 for any horse(s) you own in the event they were to die from one of the perils named in the policy. Losses are restricted to one claim per member 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 call the AEF office at 1-877-463-6233 or 403-253-4411.

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 give Capri Insurance Equine Department 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
Annual Wild Rose Trail Ride

You are invited to join us for the 5th annual Wild Rose Trail Ride fundraiser

Enjoy a breathtaking 2 or 4 -hour trail ride at Running Reins Ranch and help raise funds to support an AEF non-profit Therapeutic Riding Club. 

Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Please help us support this cause and enjoy a wonderful day with family, acquaintances and new friends! 

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Featured Store Item 

Breezy Tall - great for those trips to the barn, horse shows or just walking about. Keep your feet comfortable and dry. 

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