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Featured Upcoming Event

Driving Symposium 

Date: August 27 - 28, 2016

Carry the card that shows you support Alberta Equestrian Federation!

Advertise Your Business or Club in the upcoming Fall issue of Alberta Bits!

Click here for this reduced rate advertising opportunity to reach 20,000 members!

Fall advertising booking deadline is September 9th.
View our media package for details. 
AEF Member Forums and Classifieds
Featured Business Members

Full service equine facility; boarding, training, breeding and sales. 

Conveniently located between Sundre and Olds.

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.
Find more business members and great deals on our business directory.

As the official insurance provider for the AEF and all its members, Capri Insurance extends its thoughts to those who have been affected by the Fort McMurray Fire.

Capri Insurance remains at your service as always. 

Enquiries regarding coverage under your AEF membership can be directed to 1-800-670-1877 (Equine Department). 
Alberta Equestrian Federation gratefully acknowledges financial support of the Government of Alberta through Alberta Sport Connection.

Fort McMurray Wildfire - Survey

The AEF is seeking your feedback if you and/or your horse(s) were directly affected by the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires. AEF is collecting information on the reactions and outcomes so industry may develop emergency preparedness plans for threatening future events that may affect the welfare of horses in Alberta. 

Please click here to complete the survey that closes August 11, 2016 and be entered into a draw to win 1 or 2 Greenhawk gift cards! 

For more information on how you can help shape Alberta's equine emergency management click here.
Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

NCCP Equestrian Theory Workshop
September 10 - 11, 2016 Edmonton, AB

NCCP Competition Coach Workshop
October 1 - 2, 2016 Edmonton, AB

EC/NCCP English Instructor/Competition Coach Evaluations
October 22 - 23, 2016 Sherwood Park, AB

Please click here or 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! 
AEF Driving Symposium (last chance to register)
August 27 - 28, 2016 - Olds College, AB
Registration Deadline: August 10, 2016

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

Please click here or contact our Competitions Coordinator at for more information.

Funding, Scholarships & Bursaries
AEF Scholarship Recipients

We are excited to announce the AEF Scholarship recipients: Ashley Hennig, Sarah Tymchak and Brooklyn Collard.

Congratulations! We are excited to see what the future holds for these very deserving students.

Visit our individual funding page to view all available funding opportunities to current AEF members. 
Ashley Hennig
Sarah Tymchak
Brooklyn Collard
Individual and Club Funding

Next deadline for individual and club funding applications is September 30, 2016! Don't delay, apply today.

View available individual funding
Industry & Agriculture
Bromont World Equestrian Games Cancelled 

After weeks of turmoil, the international governing body for equestrian sports (FEI) confirmed Friday that Bromont, Que., will no longer be hosting the World Equestrian Games in 2018.
"This is a very sad moment for equestrian sport, and possibly even for our reputation as a province or a country to hold major events," said Richard Mongeau, executive director of Cheval Quebec, a non-profit organization with 20,000 members in the province.
Read more on the recent cancellation of the Bromont World Equestrian Games by clicking here
Live Outside the Box 2016 - June Winner

We are excited to announce that the June Live Outside The Box winner of a free pair of Muck Boots from Muck Boots Canada, McNiven Ranch Supply, is Tiana Winkler!

Congratulations Tiana!

Sign up today for this exciting and active youth program.
Ride and Drive 2,000 milestone - Hailey Willow-Harper

Congratulations to AEF member Hailey for reaching the 2,000 Ride and Drive milestone with her horse Hurricane! 

Keep up the great work!

Visit the Ride and Drive page to learn how to join this great equine reward program. 

Did you Know... 

It has been a busy stormy summer so far.  

While statistics aren't available for the number of horses killed annually by lightning, windstorms or wild animals, it does happen. Adding on Members Named Perils (MNP) insurance to your membership for the low cost of $22 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, some of which are fire, lightning, transportation accident, attack by a dog or wild animal, windstorm, drowning, and there's more. Losses are restricted to one claim per member year. 
MNP can be added to your existing membership. 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! 

Recreation & Trails
Wild Rose Trail Ride - Cancelled

It is with regret that the AEF made the decision to cancel the annual fundraising Wild Rose Trail Ride that was to be held at Running Reins Ranch on Sunday, September 4, 2016. This is due to various factors and considerations including lack of interest, current registrations, low sponsorship, budget and the current economic situation in Alberta. 

We sincerely appreciate the efforts of those that wanted to support this fundraising initiative and thus, therapeutic riding groups in Alberta. 

Thank you for your support of this event over the past years and we hope to be able to offer more fundraising opportunities in the future. 

McGillivray Trail Temporary Closure

The Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program with Alberta Environment and Parks will be temporarily closing the McGillivray Trail due to construction. It is asked that the public stay out of the area until the work is completed.
Please click here to view the map. The trail will be closed between the intersection of Spoon and Vicary to just north of the entrance to the Bible Camp.

Help Create a Stronger Case for Equine Interests on Alberta's Crown Land

The Alberta Government is re-writing the rules for the use of crown land and it is essential that our voice be clearly heard. The Alberta Minister of the Environment has expressed an interest in supporting more non-motorized recreation, but our case is weakened by the absence of data on the economic and social value our activities provide. This puts us at a disadvantage as compared to other interest groups.
With the help of AEF the Outdoor Council of Canada is conducting research into the social and economic value non-motorized outdoor activity provides to Alberta. We need your help to find out just how much our activities provide to the Alberta economy, so we are asking you to take 15 minutes of your time to fill in an online survey. (All answers are strictly confidential and are stored on a secure server at the University of Calgary).
Take the Survey
Monthly Feature
New Online Store! 

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new online store! Please take a minute to view some of our featured products. 

Visit the AEF Online Store

Featured Business Member Product: Flashpoint Thermography

Established to service central Canada's high performance equine athletes by enhancing and maximizing the performance of the horse through preventative maintenance imaging.  Owner Toby Lukiwski, sought out thermography through Equitherm in the UK after attending the AHT program at Olds College and spending five seasons in Alberta's thoroughbred racing industry.

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