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Brand new: A New Rider's Guidebook

Tips for first-time horseback riders and parents. 

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Featured Upcoming Event

Royal West

Date: October 20 - 30, 2016
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  • 1 Air Mile reward for every $15 spent!
  • Get 500 Air Miles bonus miles when you sign up! Available for a limited time.

New products!
Start your holiday shopping now!
Advertise your Business or Club in the upcoming Winter issue of Alberta Bits!

Winter advertising booking deadline is November 4th
View our media package for details. 
Featured Business Members

Blazing Hearts Ranch is a modern premium equestrian facility only minutes south of Calgary and east of Okotoks. It offers a safe, clean environment where it proudly provides excellent boarding, care, training and riding instruction for all level of horses and riders.

Our focus is to provide a top of the line facility where horse and rider can work towards their goals in comfort and safety. Lessons and horse training include working with young horses, problem horses and putting finishing touches on for the show ring. Riders of all ages at all levels can be accommodated.

Daryle has spent the last 30 years sharing his knowledge of horses with others. Clinics, private and group lessons are held throughout western Canada. 
Clinics available include Colt Starting, Advanced Colt Starting, Horsemanship and Reining. 

Find more AEF Business Members and their great deals on our business directory.


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

2016 - 2017 Extended AEF Membership Now Available

For NEW or lapsed AEF members, our 2016 - 2017 Extended Individual and Family Memberships are now available! Extended memberships cover you till December 31, 2017. Renew online or call the AEF office at 1-877-463-6233 or 403-253-4411. 

Click here to purchase an extended membership. 
Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

Jump Alberta Symposium - Coaching PD Hours
November 19 - 20, 2016
Location: Rocky Mountain Show Jumping

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
This clinic is open to all individuals interested in General Performance and Western disciplines; whether or not you wish to obtain your provincial certification as a Judge or Technical Delegate. It will provide an excellent Professional Development opportunity for Certified Instructors/Coaches (updating hours); and an educational experience for Parents and Competitors.

Date: November 5 - 6, 2016 - Olds College, Olds, AB
Registration deadline: October 15, 2016

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

Funding, Scholarships & Bursaries
Pay It Back

A new funding program that will help provide financial support to Wild Rose Show organizers. Organizers have the opportunity to apply for funding every year to help offset the costs of officials' fees spent, associated with holding a competition. 

Deadline: November 1, 2016
Member Referral Program

Know someone who isn't an AEF member? All categories of members have an opportunity to get their membership for FREE!

Refer brand new AEF members for a credit of $5.00 per new member. Credits go towards the cost of the next  year's basic membership. 

To receive referral credits, the new member must submit your AEF membership number and your name as it appears in your profile..

Equestrian Canada Rule Changes
The 2017 Equestrian Canada (EC) rule change proposals are now available for review. 

Don't miss out on your opportunity to review the changes and submit your comments on the proposed changes. 

Click here
to view the 2017 EC Rule Changes.
Get Your Barn Ready for Winter with Equine Guelph's New Barn Fire Prevention Tool

Equine Guelph has launched the new Barn Fire Prevention online tool as a resource for horse owners. Responding to the high incidence of barn fires in Ontario last winter, Equine Guelph has developed a tool that is easy to use and provides horse owners with interactive assessments for their individual facilities.

Click here to continue reading this article.
Top Seasonal Tips
Article by Equine Guelph
Submitted by Cheryl Yingst-Bartel
1. Storage solutions - The arrival of wet weather poses the question; where to put all the hay and bedding you would like to stockpile for the winter? A separate building is ideal for fire safety reasons. Various solutions are discussed in Equine Guelph's online course Management of the Equine Environment.

2. Patrolling for parasites - Consult your vet regarding deworming. Tapeworm burdens are typically highest in the fall after horses have spent all summer grazing.

3. Encourage drinking - Drinking tends to decrease with the onset of colder weather which can lead to dehydration and colic. Heating water is one way to create incentive for horses to consume more H2O. Equine Guelph thanks System Fencing for this article on
heated water options.

4. Fuel the furnace - Increasing fibre is the key to provide fuel for horses to keep warm as temperatures drop. Fall is the time to make necessary adjustments to hay rations. More fall feeding considerations...

Year of the Horse Book Signing at Chapters Shawnessy
Lyrical, dynamic, and a galloping good read! In bookstores now, and at Amazon and Nimbus.

Date: October 30, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Chapters Shawnessy, 212 16061 MacLeod Trail SE Calgary, AB
EIA National Program Working Group

Click here to view an update from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on the National EIA program redesign working group.
Did you Know... 

A common question posed to Capri Insurance when a member suffers an injury: "Does my AEF membership include income replacement? 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 membership at any time. Simply log in and select "add insurance" 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.

Live Outside The Box Winners! 
Congratulations to Madeline Watkins (July) and Summer Charette (August) on being our Live Outside The Box Muck Boots recipients! 

Keep up the fantastic work buckaroos! 

Special thanks to our monthly draw sponser Muck Boot Canada - McNiven Ranch Supply ltd. 

Click here to learn more about this great program! 
Madeline Watkins
Summer Charette
Recreation & Trails
Trail Closure Update for Crowsnest Pass Area

McGillivray Creek trail remains closed. The project is coming along very well and the contractor has completed the work. However, the trail crew are still back there and will be building / installing three bridges. Also, due to the rain we have received, it is best for people to stay off of this trail until it is more dry. We completed extensive work up McGillivray and the trail tread is still settling.  It is currently scheduled to be closed until October 31, 2016.

For more information click here.
Monthly Features
Feature Store Item: New Under ArmourŪ 1/4 zip pullover

The Under ArmourŪ 1/4 Zip Pullover will be a great addition to your Equestrian wear or a great gift. It features:
  • Soft and durable circular knit construction with brushed interior to keep you cozy
  • Lightweight
  • Signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat to keep you dry and light
  • Reflective 1/4 zip for visibility
  • Contrast fabric overlays on sleeves and collar
  • Rolled forward shoulder seams for unrivaled comfort
  • UA logo on left sleeve
  • AEF website on left hip
  • 100% Polyester

Click here to purchase your pullover today or to view our online selection.

Business Member Spotlight: The Visions West Studio

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