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Featured Upcoming Event
Equine Photography Workshop 

Date: September 25, 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. 
Featured Business Members

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Hairy Back Ranch is an online store where we promote Solo-Ride™ and HBR apparel. 

Solo-Ride™ is a brand new, portable mounting aid designed to help any rider at any age, get back on their horse anytime, anywhere! 
Find more business members and great deals on our business directory.


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.

New Beginnings! 

Please welcome Sophie Beswick to the AEF team! We are excited for her to join us as the Competitions Coordinator. 

Sophie's love for horses started at a very young age, with a ride on a pony at the local fair, since then she hasn't spent too much time away from the barns. She has well rounded horse knowledge, having competed across multiple disciplines and grooming at International shows. Networking, customer relations and event management have been crucial elements in her career thus far and will continue to be so going forward. She is excited to combine her passion for horses with her commerce education and help grow the Alberta equine industry. 

We wish Lindsay Westren all the best on her journey and are sad to see her go.

2016 - 2017 Extended AEF Membership Now Available

New to the AEF?  Now's a great time to purchase the Extended 2016-2017 AEF Membership.  Take advantage of our great member benefits for the balance of 2016 and all of 2017.  Apply today!

Click here to purchase your extended membership. 

Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

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

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

AEF General Performance Judges Clinic - Coaching PD Hours
November 5 - 6, 2016
Location: TBD

Jump Alberta Symposium - Coaching PD Hours
November 18 - 21, 2016
Location: TBD

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! 

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
Individual and Club Funding

As an individual AEF member and AEF club member you are eligible to apply for funding! The next deadline for the individual and club funding applications is September 30, 2016. 

Don't delay, apply today!

View available individual funding
Industry & Agriculture
CleanFARMS Obsolete Collection Campaign

CleanFARMS, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute, will be running a free obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medication collection program at 6 ag-retail locations n the Peace Region from September 21 - 23 and in the central region (i.e. Red Deer to north of Edmonton) of Alberta at 20 ag-retail locations from October 3 - 7 (exclusive - note the date and locations of each collection point.
Click here to learn more about CleanFARMS.
How To Build Healthy Functional Hooves

Have you ever heard the saying "The horse has five hearts" ? Well, this is very true. Healthy hooves are auxiliary heart pumps assisting in moving blood, oxygen and lymph throughout the horse's body. With every step they expand and flex to meet the earth: absorbing shock and providing traction. They even sweat and respond to changes in the environment. The functional healthy hoof is self cleaning and will expel snowballs and dirt naturally.
All horses have the ability to grow and maintain healthy hooves with help from the owner. Three keys to successfully developing healthy functional hooves are:
  • Correct, regular trimming
  • Maintaining a Natural Environment/ lifestyle
  • Maintaining the Natural Diet
Read the full article by clicking here
Did you Know... 

Have you never wondered if your emergency medical travel insurance will cover you in the event of a horse related accident while out of province or country? Many travel policies exclude horse activities.

The optional AEF travel insurance, available for purchase with your AEF membership, covers you for most equine related accidents. AEF travel provides $1,000,000 in coverage for emergency medical/hospitalization when traveling out of province or country; trips up to 90 dyas in duration, any number of trips per year (coverage is worldwide). This optional insurance is available to members under the age of 65 and must be purchased prior to leaving your province/territory of residence.

Add travel coverage to your existing membership. Simply log in and select add insurance, ride and drive or donations to existing AEF 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 additional optional coverages, check out our optional insurance page, Capri summary of Insurance, or contact Capri Insurance Equine Department at 1-800-670-1877.

Recreation & Trails
McGillivray Creek Trail Temporary Closure

The McGillivray Creek Trail is closed until the end of October as contractors with heavy equipment will be working in the area. The public has been asked to stay out of the area until the work is complete. 

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  • Rugged outsole for traction
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