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Alberta Bits is the Alberta Equestrian Federation’s official member magazine. It serves the entire equestrian community of horses and riders of all ages, interests and involvement, as the Voice of Equine Alberta. T H E A L B E RTA E Q U E S T R I A N F E D E R AT I O N H A S B E E N I N C O R P O R AT E D S I N C E 1 9 7 8 Alberta Bits magazine is mailed four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) to all current AEF members and is made available at the office and special events attended by the AEF. Alberta Bits is distributed throughout Alberta with news and events on behalf of recreational, sport, breeds & industry and educational sectors of the Alberta horse industry. Alberta Bits is distributed to approximately 17,500 members; 9,000 households and businesses, an exclusive list of tack and equine establishments and at events and trade shows annually.

AEF BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT PRESI DENT ELECT PAST PRESIDENT SECRETARY

Les Oakes 403.540.9859 les.oakes@gmail.com Lewis Hand 403.722.4690 lewhand@live.ca Tara Gamble 780.945.7516 tcgamble@xplornet.ca Lauren Parker 403.813.1055 lmparker@shaw.ca Barb Easthom 403.801.4111 beasthom@rubydale.com Trish Mrakawa 403.938.6398 trish@willowgrovestables.com Jay Mills 403.637.2410 jay.mills@albertaequestrian.com Nicolas Brown 780.454.5001 bruchev@gmail.com Dena Squarebriggs 403.760.0512 dmsquare04@hotmail.com Alison Douglas 403.762.8570 thealicat@shaw.ca Don Scott 780.895.7660 dscott@mscnet.ca Jessi Chrapko 403.627.5696 sssmorgans@platinum.ca Robert Simpson 780.619.7779 rmsimps1@ualberta.ca Darcee Gundlock 403.308.7500 djg2@cciwireless.ca

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President’s Message Summer in Alberta is truly a wonderful time of year, especially if you own animals. Our horses go from being fuzzy, and often times underused, to sleek and a major part of our active lives again. As you drive by fields, the current crop of foals are frolicking happily and checking out all that is new and interesting. This year, in most parts of the province, spring came early and the grass was starting to show signs of life by the end of March. What a welcome surprise! Near the end of March, the AEF said farewell to two Directors and welcomed three new Directors to the AEF Board. The AEF thanks past Treasurer, Sabrina Oakes, and long-time Board Member, Kippy Maitland-Smith; we appreciated their dedication over the years and wish them all the best in the future. New directors joining the board are Jessi Chrapko, Darcee Gundlock and Robert Simpson. As we have a new Board of Directors and a new set of Bylaws in place, the focus for the board will be on putting together a more comprehensive Policy and Procedure Manual to help govern the AEF moving forward. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome two new staff members to team AEF. Ashley Miller joins us as Marketing and Communications Coordinator. I am sure you will hear from, or see, Ashley out at events over the next few months and will enjoy her enthusiasm for the role she has acquired. Vanessa Morriss has joined team AEF in a brand new position that we are all very excited about: Recreation and Industry Coordinator. This position has been on the AEF wish list for a number of years; and finally, after three years of solid financial growth, the AEF has been able to add Vanessa to our staff. You may or may not have noticed but we launched a brand new website last month, with very few hiccups. The AEF has received a lot of positive feedback on the new site from users, members and our counterparts across Canada. As with all technology, websites need constant updating and to ensure they are user-friendly; the AEF wanted to create a site that was easier for the user, with the information they were looking for readily available. If you have a few minutes to check out the new site, please do so; we hope you will find the improvements valuable to you as a user. The AEF would like to thank members who took the time to vote on Equine Canada's Proposed Bylaws. The in-person vote of Equine Canada's proposed Articles of Continuance and amended Bylaws under the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) was held at the EC Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 27 during the EC Annual Convention March 24-30, in Gatineau, Que. Members were invited to cast their ballot on the proposed Bylaws. The results of the in-person voting were then tallied with the results of the online vote, which closed Feb. 26, 2015. After the final tally of all votes, the proposed Bylaws were not accepted by the required two-thirds majority. The Board of Directors of Equine Canada has 6

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established a Bylaws Task Force with representation from each of its four Councils (Sport, Provinces, Recreation and Industry). Each Council has put forth one to two representatives to join EC’s President Al Patterson, EC’s CEO Eva Havaris, EC’s Governance Chair, and EC legal counsel with the objective of producing Bylaws and Articles of Continuance that comply with the Federal Government’s new Not-For-Profit Corporation Act (NPCA) and are satisfactory to the EC membership. Whenever you have an organization as diverse and large as Equine Canada, putting together Bylaws is an exercise in compromise; and rarely does everyone agree. This time around, we believe the format for getting a solid set of Bylaws together is much more conducive to a winwin situation. Further information on the Bylaws will be distributed as it becomes available. As you can see, there are exciting things going on within your Federation and we want you to be a part of the growth and evolution of the AEF. Last year, the Board of Directors was tasked with definite goals that lined up with our strategic plan and specifically in regard to membership growth. I am extremely pleased to report that Board Members were more focused on all goals than ever before; this was reflected in another year of positive growth and accomplishments. For 2015, once again Board Members have been asked for focus on AEF strategic and business objectives and goals to come up with new strategies on how we can continue to grow at an even faster rate than in 2014. The AEF strategic and business objects for 2015/2016 include:

Increase membership to 24,000. O B J E C T I V E # 2 : Increase revenue by $100,000. O B J E C T I V E # 3 : Support the equine community to advocate, improve and create programs and benefits for recreational users. O B J E C T I V E # 4 : Expand the Wild Rose competitions and officials programs. O B J E C T I V E # 5 : Foster a strong culture to achieve unified teamwork with board and staff. OBJECTIVE #1:

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Clubs and Businesses, want from the AEF? What would you like us to focus on? My phone number and my email address, along with all other board members and staff are on our website and in this magazine; if you believe any of us can be of any help, please contact us; we look forward to hearing from you. The 4th annual Wild Rose Fundraising Trail Ride will be held at the same location as last year, Red Lodge Guest Ranch, on Saturday September 5, 2015. Registration forms are now available and can be found on our website or by contacting the office. This year, the AEF created an application for beneficiaries that wanted to receive proceeds from the trail ride fundraising efforts. Five applications were received and three beneficiaries have been selected to receive funding. Congratulations to Prentice Creek Equestrian Centre / Thompson Country Pony Club, Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association, and Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society. We do hope that you will join us for this important fundraising initiative in support of therapeutic riding clubs in Alberta! The more people who participate, the more funds we generate, the more we can give out to support therapeutic clubs! Last year’s trail ride was lots of fun and had great food. I look forward to meeting you there. AB

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Executive Director’s Message It’s hard to believe that as I write this, it has been one month since the AEF Annual General Meeting and we are well into 2015! Every year brings its triumphs and challenges. For those that were unable to attend the AEF annual meeting on March 21, 2015 or review the AEF annual report, we want to share the AEF’s triumphs and challenges of last year with you. The AEF would not exist without its members and it is critical to recognize the importance of our communication, accountability and transparency to you. This was the year for strategic change in the AEF. The most important undertaking for the AEF in 2014 was the review and complete overhaul of the bylaws and updating them to an effective governance model. As with any bylaw review, the majority of members (75%) must agree to the changes to ratify them. With the approval of 98% of the members who voted on November 8 through a special meeting, the AEF is now confident that the bylaws gives the Board a means to do its business proactively, in the best interest of the member. With a strategic plan, business plan, policy manual, etc., as guiding documents, the AEF has an excellent business model that is forward looking and allows for the kind of flexibility needed to deal with new issues or concerns. It has also strengthened the board through defined term lengths that make succession an integral part of an evolving organization. The AEF is recognized and receives annual funding from the Alberta Sport Connection (ASC), which in 2014 implemented, “Going the Distance: The Alberta Sport Plan 2014 -2024.” The AEF must ensure that all programming and services are aligned with the plan, as the AEF is the recognized sport body for all equine activity in the province. The AEF will work within this framework and continue to update critical documents such as strategic and business plans to ensure the AEF meets accountability criteria for continued funding. Complicating and challenging the directive from the Alberta government is the requirement to align with some of Equine Canada’s (EC) directives and policies to ensure that the AEF’s position is met and supported by both the provincial and national organizations. With a recent positive change in the leadership of EC, focusing on core programming and internal improvements, EC is reshaping the national office in strategic directions that the AEF can support. In particular, a simplified service agreement is a welcome change. Ongoing meetings with the EC CEO and Provincial/Territorial key staff have also proven to be beneficial to communications and partnerships. Membership numbers rose again in both junior and senior categories. There was excellent growth in Ride and Drive, Live Outside the Box and in the number of certified coaches. Staff reviews every program to evaluate what changes are necessary for an enhanced and supportive experience. The AEF continues to review cutting expenditures where possible, 8

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while also continuing to maintain the lowest membership fee across Canada and providing the same level of excellent customer service. In partnership with Western Horse Review (WHR), Alberta Bits became managed by WHR, a company with exceptional knowledge of Alberta’s horse industry and publishing industry in order to decrease production costs, gain advertising sales and make use of its extensive marketing and distribution system. The AEF has increased exposure to Alberta’s equestrians and horse supporters. A digital version is also available. The AEF has reorganized internal space to provide adequate room for staff and growth in 2015, without increasing the overall size of the office or moving to larger space. This has been completed without additional cost to the membership. The AEF set out to improve the website in 2014. A new layout, easier navigational menu, direct links and overall structure will improve the experience for visitors. Social media, such as Facebook continues to have an important means of connecting with members and providing forums for discussion. The AEF made many successful strategic changes in 2014 with the result of increasing membership, improving the bottom line and fiscal responsibility and working with the Alberta government and Equine Canada to develop a stronger AEF. Every year, there are thousands of volunteers in the AEF committed to improving and supporting all equines. That passion continues to exist and is always part of why the AEF thrives. Thankyou for helping us make the AEF a better organization. AB

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2014 Recipients

The Alberta Equestrian Federation is pleased announce the recipients of the NEW 2014 Pump Up Your Levels Incentive Program! This program is geared towards Equine Canada Certified Instructors / Coaches and facilities / stables, to encourage participation and testing, within the National English and western Learn to Ride Programs. These programs are developed around the Long Term Equestrian Development Model, which is designed to appropriately place and develop well rounded athletes throughout their lifetime within equestrian sport. The National Learn to Ride programs help build rider skills a step at a time, resulting in equestrians who are able to care for and ride in a safe a correct manner. These programs allow riders, coaches and parents to track progress through a series of certificates and badges, and are designed to be flexible so applicants can work at their own pace. Well written manuals and equine stable management books are also available for program studies. Instructors / coaches and facilities / stables

WELCA is a not for profit, community based stable that focuses on introducing people of all ages to the world of horses through lessons, field trips, equine assisted therapy, Little Bits Therapeutic program, pony rides, open houses and clinics. WELCA has 35 horses in the lesson program, providing the disciplines of English and western and therapeutic riding. The facility has six instructors, all active in Equine Canada Rider Level testing and promotion. There are, on average, 150 students per week ranging from ages six to 70+. The instructors are Val McKay (Level 1 coach); Ira Yastrebova (Level 1 coach), Lynda Tennessen (Prov. Instructor); Lisa Doyle (I.O.B. jump specialist); Val Wilson (I.O.B. jump specialist); and Phil Ross (Level 1 coach). Kathy Playdon also comes to WELCA and tests the upper level students upon request. Additionally, there are three junior instructors at the facility working on their Rider Levels and aiming for their I.O.B. certification.

Congratulations to Rebecca Munoz, Equine Canada Certified Instructor of Beginner with Jump – Calgary, AB as the recipient of the $500 Coach Incentive! “Like many equestrians, my love and involvement with horses started at a young age. Raised in Markham, Ontario, I was constantly working, riding, and smiling at the barn. I graduated from the Olds College Equine Science program in 2012. Shortly after moving to Calgary, I was able to break my way into the industry and started my own business, Ride Fit. I currently run a beginner hunter jumper program out of East Acres Equestrian in Cochrane. For the past two years I have also had the privilege of coaching for the Cochrane Pony Club. I strive to deliver a well-rounded, balanced program focusing on progression and positive reinforcement. In addition to my devotion towards horses, I also have a passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. I utilize my knowledge as a fitness instructor specialist to incorporate physical conditioning as an integral part of my student’s development. Although I mainly teach hunter jumper, I have an interest and appreciation for many disciplines, both English and western. This summer I hope to get my young horse involved in some eventing. Moreover, if a horse is involved, I’m having fun.” AB

NOTES & COMMENTS Here is a great picture of my five-year-old daughter Riata and her horse “Burton,” awaiting her turn at a Hunter/Jumper Clear Rounds flower themed fun show held at Eastwood Stables on May 2. So much fun for these aspiring young riders! —Tina Gammie

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BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Dena Squarebriggs, Don Scott, Jay Mills, Lew Hand, Nicolas Brown, Les Oakes. FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Tara Gamble, Jessi Chrapko, Lauren Parker, Darcee Gundlock, Alison Douglas. MISSING: Barb Easthom,

Trish Mrakawa, Robert Simpson.

DIRECTORS CONTINUING TO SERVE THE MEMBERSHIP IN 2015/2016:

Les Oakes, President Lew Hand, President Elect Tara Gamble, Past President Lauren Parker, Secretary Barb Easthom, Treasurer Trish Mrakawa Dena Squarebrigg Alison Douglas Jay Mills Nicolas Brown Don Scott NEW:

Robert Simpson Jessi Chrapko Darcee Gundlock THANK YOU TO OUTGOING DIRECTORS FOR THEIR SERVICE:

Bill desBarres Kippy Maitland-Smith Sabrina Oakes

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE GROUP OF DEDICATED HORSE PEOPLE WHO ARE AT THE HELM OF THE AEF THIS YEAR!

A WARM WELCOME

TO AEF'S NEWEST STAFF MEMBERS ASHLEY MILLER & VANESSA MORRISS

Welcome To The AEF Team, Ashley! Ashley Miller (pictured left, top) attended Grant MacEwan University for Public Relations and has been working in Marketing since 2011. With a background in graphic design, print and web marketing, and search engine optimization, Ashley brings a wealth of marketing experience to the team. From a young age, horses have been a part of Ashley's life which led her to actively participate in the show jumping circuit in Alberta for over 15 years. Over that time she also worked as a horse camp assistant, farm hand, and groom where she gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on horse care and the industry. Ashley is excited to combine her two life passions, marketing and equestrian sport, as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Alberta Equestrian Federation. With Ashley's vast knowledge and passion for both industries, she will prove to be a strong team member in ensuring the Alberta Equestrian Federation continues to grow and evolve. Vanessa Morriss Joins Team AEF! Originally from Northwestern Ontario, Vanessa Morriss (pictured left, bottom) has been an avid equine enthusiast since before she could walk. From sneaking through fences to pet the horses, to running a kilometre or more down her country road to meet up with the neighbour riding so she could catch a ride home, Vanessa’s love of the animal has never wavered. Her first pony, a sassy Shetland named Jenny, tossed her every other day which prompted her first riding helmet, but it only strengthened Vanessa’s desire to improve. As she grew, so did the experiences. With the opening of a community equestrian centre when she was eight-years-old, Vanessa eagerly took on any opportunity to help care for horses. Every day after school and on weekends – whether it was 30-degrees C above or 30-degrees C below, that is where she could be found. With the interest in riding ever increasing in the area, so too, did the equestrian centre and access to more experienced coaches and various competitions. Vanessa was fortunate enough to be aided in her growth as a competitor and coached by Cathy Williams and Patti Carter, AQHA Executive Directors of Shows, who themselves were integral in the development of the Canadian Equestrian Federation (now Equine Canada) Western Rider levels. This set Vanessa on a path of continuous learning and exposure to a variety of equine related activities from trail riding to showing at AQHA shows. Her path then changed course to show jumping and finally, breaking and training of young horses – which has become her passion. Since moving to Alberta in 2004, Vanessa has enjoyed a recreational involvement with her equine friends and has fallen in love with the ease of access to wonderful riding areas in the foothills. She found a new joy in volunteering at the Dare to Dream Horse Rescue. Vanessa is looking forward to finding more great spots to explore with her new mount “Diva,” a fiveyear-old Thoroughbred. Vanessa is excited to take the next stride in her career and join the AEF staff team as Recreation and Industry Coordinator. Her passion, dedication and past work experience will not only benefit the AEF programming but will also bring a new level of service to that sector of AEF membership. The AEF is extremely fortunate to have such a passionate and dedicated staff member join our Team! AB

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The AEF would like to welcome our

newly elected directors! (Listed alphabetically by last name.)

Jessi Chrapko

Darcee Gundlock Robert Simpson

Jessi has been involved in the horse industry all her life, assisting with the family business that breeds, raises, trains and markets Morgan horses throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. She has completed all levels of the Equine 4-H program, including the veterinarian information program, and received a platinum award. She has held many positions in 4-H and was the president several times. Volunteering at the Pincher Creek Ag Grounds to organize community and equine related events that encouraged interest in horses, as well as volunteering her time to offer riding lessons for children and adults (at no cost), giving them the opportunity to be exposed to horses, shows Jessi’s dedication to the equine community. With her relevant experience in 4-H, working with the Ag Society, and her University Degree in Management with a major in Political Science, as well as her volunteering and industry experience, Jessi is a valuable asset to the AEF. As a trainer, coach and judge in different aspects, Jessi has people skills, takes initiative and is comfortable with public speaking and making presentations. Jessi feels that volunteering to share her knowledge and experiences with others is a very important aspect of her life. She is a Triple Certified Gold Trainer (with Chris Irwin): horsemanship, ground and carriage driving; an Equine Canada instructor in both English and western; and a judge with the Canadian Cowboy Challenge. Jessi is a General Performance Judge with AEF, and has passed her exam with Equine Canada as a General Performance Judge. She competes in western, English pleasure, dressage, trail, extreme obstacle, working cow horse and rodeo grand entry. Her other extra-curricular activities include kick boxing and total body workout. In May, she is commencing employment with southwestern Alberta’s municipalities promoting and marketing tourism and events for 15 municipal councils. Darcee’s educational background is business management, chartered accounting major. Her employment background includes non-profit experience, both as a fund raising coordinator and executive director. Darcee has strong organizational and volunteer management skills; she has owned and monitored a livestock discussion group on the internet for the past 15 years. Darcee has been a member/executive member in over 20 equine industry associations over the last 30 years. A lifelong horseman, Darcee has been an open show, cutting, team penning and sorting competitor, and is certified as an EC Western 1 Coach, General Performance Judge and Western Judge. Darcee has a wealth of non-profit and legal knowledge, is a forward thinking visionary who would like to see growth in the AEF, offering more programs to draw more memberships and participation. She brings computer data base and web page design skills, as well as organizational planning, implementation and evaluation; situational analysis; risk assessment and cost/benefit analysis experience to the table. Darcee is a mother of a grown son and an autistic daughter. She has a handful of registered QHs and her current interests are coaching, judging and participating in dressage and extreme trail. Robert is an Audio Visual Technician currently employed at the University of Alberta. He is Vice President of their non-academic staff association. He is also involved with several organizations outside of work. With the Society for Creative Anachronism, he has served on the provincial board and was in charge of marshal activities for the province. He is a founding member of the St. Albert Heavenly Rollers and remains on the board as Head Referee. As well, in high school Robert was involved with both 4-H and Air Cadets. Robert has a sense of community and likes to be involved with the organizations in which, he belongs. He is personable, outgoing and readily communicates with others. As he is new to the AEF, he brings freshness and renewed interest in how it operates. However, he appreciates how important the sense of history is for an organization and its need to maintain original ideals as it changes. Robert was instrumental in building the Society for Creative Anachronism, from the ground up. This involved creating by-laws and policies from scratch, as well as annually reviewing them to ensure they are still pertinent to the organization. He has had some experience at writing and re-writing policies so that they are both effective and written in a logical, common language. Robert was born and raised in a small town in south eastern Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm using horses for both work and recreation. During his university years, he spent a couple of summers working at a riding stable in Jasper. He recently purchased horses again and uses them for recreation and medieval gaming. AB A L B E RT A B I T S | S U M M E R 2 0 1 5

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Charlene Baker Bursary AWARDED TO SAMANTHA HUMPHREYS

In recognition of Charlene's work and dedication to the Equine Canada Western Rider and Equine Canada Western Coaching programs in Alberta, the AEF provides a $500 bursary awarded annually to the rider who has achieved the highest average score of the level 4 test in the Learn to Ride Western Program alongside their completed application and essay. This year the Alberta Equestrian Federation is pleased to present Samantha Humphreys as the 2014 Charlene Baker Bursary recipient. My name is Samantha Humphreys and I am very proud to be receiving the Charlene Baker Scholarship for 2014. I began riding at the age of 12 in south-western Ontario and by age 16, was competing in both western and English disciplines. My first competitive mount took me to two high-point victories in my first year competing and several more in my second year, including top western and English rider in my age division. I focused on a few different disciplines such as jumper (three-foot) and speed events with two other horses in my third year of competition. Over the years I have had numerous knowledgeable and experienced instructors who have all helped me towards my goals to become a western horse trainer and competition coach. In the fall of 2012, I enrolled at Olds College in the Equine Science program, majoring in Western Horsemanship and a second major in Western Coaching. With this scholarship, I plan to take my Instructor of Beginners evaluation in the spring of 2015. The remainder will go to help me promote my new training and coaching business once my education is complete.

English Rider Bursary AWARDED TO KIM HOLT

This $500 annual award is granted to the rider who has achieved the highest score of the level 8 test in the English Learn to Ride Program alongside their completed application and essay. This year the Alberta Equestrian Federation is pleased to present Kim Holt as the 2014 English Rider Bursary Recipient. My name is Kim Holt and I recently achieved my English Rider Level 8 through the AEF program. My journey with horses began when I was 12-yearsold and attended a riding camp. It did not take long for my parents to see my passion and purchase my first horse. For several years, I competed in open shows where I participated in every English and western class I could enter. After a few years, I began to specialize and showed Quarter Horses on the Alberta circuit. We enjoyed breeding, raising and showing our own horses. I now have my own family who have jumped into the horse world with both feet. I am now the proud owner of an OTTB who is showing me how much fun eventing can be. I plan on continuing my studies and working towards my instructor levels. I foresee many incredible years to come, enjoying horses with my family and friends. AB

New Program : In Province Travel Bursaries Upcoming Events: at RMSJ  Judging Clinic/Wine and Cheese May 14—Dale Pederson August 5—Bobbie Reber August 18-Andrea Wells and Medal Rider Prep  Head Trauma/Brain Injury Awareness Clinic Thursday June 18th  Jump Alberta Symposium Nov. 20-24  Year End Awards Gala— Deerfoot Inn & Casino January 9, 2016 Sponsored Teams:  Calgary AB — Team Cup at Spruce Meadows June 24-28  Lexington KY - FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships July 14-19th  Sacramento, Ca —Stoneridge Team Championships September 22-27  Ottawa, Ontario

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The W I L L F O R R I D I N G F O U N D A T I O N

Offering Kids the Will to Grow BY SUZANNE HALE

It was a natural conclusion for Shelley Hilderman: if her developmentallydelayed son Will found his greatest pleasure in time spent with horses, others like him would benefit from the same. Witnessing his joy while he watched his sister ride, Hilderman’s vision for a group that would offer the same enjoyment to others became a reality. As she rounded up support from friends, Hilderman launched the Will For Riding Foundation (WFRF) in 2013. Owing to the dedication of volunteers, the support of the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and shared interests of High Country Equestrian Center owner Teray Wills, WFRF had a promising start, in a five-week-long pilot program for 12 kids earlier this year. Utilizing Hippotherapy, WFRF therapists and their equine partners enhance the lives of disabled kids in countless ways. With a name derived of the Greek word hippos, meaning “horse”, hippotherapy utilizes equine movements to influence the body and mind of its riders; in this case, children with a range of disabilities. According to the Cerebral Palsy Organization, hippotherapy helps in countless ways. “Interacting with the animal can lift a child’s spirits… while also providing physical exercise.” Kids benefit physically, cognitively, and psychologically while learning to match their physical responses to their horse’s movements, and their spirits soar as they learn a new skill: how to properly ride a horse. WFRF owes its early success to its volunteers, many of whom are Alberta Equestrian Federation members. With each rider requiring two side-walkers as well as a leader, securing willing helpers has been a key part of the program’s development. Anticipating 20 students in the next phase, WFRF must secure both volunteers and funding to cover facility and instructor fees and costs of their equine partners. As Hilderman notes, Alberta’s economic downturn is concerning. “In leaner times donations are the first area of cutbacks,” 14

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she says, meaning their volunteer board of directors (composed of members who are riders themselves or have children who ride), will need creative fundraising ideas. While working to maintain lesson affordability, Hilderman regretfully notes that rates may have to go up. “Our goal is to have as many kids as possible benefit from the program,” Shelley says, but the current economic situation may still have a negative impact. Although there are challenges, help from the Alberta Equestrian Federation has been instrumental, including providing educational materials and fund raising ideas. Also managing important details such as insurance, the AEF’s help has lessened the load as the WFRF looks to the future. Participation in AEF fundraising events, such as the Wild Rose Trail Ride, has allowed WFRF an important ally as they work to grow their program. With 30 children on the popular program’s wait list, WFRF anticipates a bright future with the “official” start of classes in May. As Hilderman notes, “Now that we have satisfied ourselves through the pilot that we can provide a high level of instruction in a safe, fun environment, most of our energy will now be focused on doing just that.” That’s a win-win for the horses who enjoy the kids’ companionship, as much as for the kids who find their bliss in the presence of their equine pals. AB LEFT: Will Hilderman when he was three-years-old. Currently, he is nine. Photo by Shelley Hilderman BELOW: Here, Malia rides Sweetie. Photo by D. Dever


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ABOVE: After only one year, the Red Deer and Area Western Style Dressage Association has 30 members. Photo courtesy of Lisa Wieben BELOW RIGHT: Lisa Wieben rode Itsa Tio Snazzy Zip at the World Western Style Dressage World Show in Tulsa, OK, to a fifth place finish. Photo by Jeff Kirkbride

RED DEER & AREA WESTERN STYLE DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION

Diversity Reins BY JENN WEBSTER

Western style dressage is a discipline that is quickly gaining in momentum, especially in various regions of Alberta. The objectives of the sport reward horses that look to be a pleasure to ride and work in harmony with the rider. Horses must display a freedom and regularity in gaits, lightness of the forehand and the engagement of the hindquarters originating from lively impulsion. Light contact on the bit is utilized, while the horse appears submissive and happy without displaying any tension or resistance in its way of going. Just as in the traditional dressage ring, horses contending in western dressage come in many shapes and sizes. The discipline is used to improve horses that a person presently owns and rides in a western saddle and is not based on a breed, nor type of horse. “Western style dressage is really gaining in momentum and I think it’s going to be huge,” says Lisa Wieben, president of the Red Deer & Area Western Style Dressage Association (RDAWSDA). “I think it’s becoming so popular because anybody can do it. We have a lot of English riders coming over because they can already do dressage, and then we have some older riders coming over because they don’t want to ride bigger horses anymore. They

feel safer in the tack the sport features (as do amateurs,) and riders can use any age horse or any breed. It’s opened up a whole new opportunity.” RDAWSDA is a chapter of the national association that governs the sport and promotes the discipline in different areas of Canada. There are two chapters within Alberta, with RDAWSDA focusing on the areas from Red Deer, AB, south to Lethbridge, AB. Clinics, shows and practice days are three main ways the association uses to develop the sport. “Western dressage is becoming a discipline of its own and it’s so beneficial because it trains the horse for anything – if a particular horse goes on to become a trail horse, pleasure horse or whatever, the basics learned here can improve the horse’s frame and make it a stronger mount for anything it is used for in the future,” says Wieben. After commencing in 2014, currently the RDAWSDA has 30 members. “As we only started last year (2014 being our official first year out,) having 30 members is awesome! I expect we’ll grow a lot this year,” explains Wieben. The association will host two shows this year. June 21 in Didsbury, AB, will see the first event, judged by Doreen Horsey, and

on June 20, Wieben will conduct a western dressage clinic at the same location. The event offers riders the opportunity to learn more about western dressage. The second show will be held on September 26 in Cochrane, AB. Elaine Ward (from the national association) will be coming out to judge the show on Saturday and will follow it up with a clinic on September 27. Being sanctioned by the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) offers RDAWSDA “peace of mind.” “By being a club member with AEF, it gives us a discount for club insurance to host our shows and clinics. It also allows us to advertise our clinics and helps to promote our club on the AEF website,” Wieben states. AB

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A L B O R A K S TA B L E D E R B Y

Show Without Breaking the Bank

This entrance level show gives riders a big opportunity to contend without a big ticket entry fee. BY JENN WEBSTER

With a year-round school horse program, Alborak Stable located in the scenic foothills near Calgary, Alberta, recognized a need for a “starting point” show that gave riders the opportunity to contend for the first time without a big ticket entry fee. “This competition is meant to be a good choice for novice riders who do not want to spend a lot of money at larger shows,” says Mary Donnelly, a rider at Alborak Stable. “The show gives riders an idea of what it is like to compete for the first time, as well as for older folks who just want the fun of competing without having to spend a huge amount to compete.” The fourth annual Alborak Stable Derby Show was held this past May 9-10, with the first day of the event consisting of dressage tests. “The Derby (first day) was strictly for those wanting to do dressage tests with a qualified judge - Rita Behan was our judge this year. And the second day (Sunday) was for jumping rounds with both stadium and cross country type jumps from X-rails to two-feet, six inches,” says Donnelly. Riders had the choice of competing 16

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in one day or both days and prizes were offered from first to third, at each level. Those who competed on both days had the chance to win the combined test for their individual level. Hence, the reason this event is called a “derby.” “We had 21 competitors compete this year, several of which have competed every year so far. Our show is an AEF-sanctioned event and Rita Behan judged both days. We believe that having the AEF endorsement is another feature new riders, young and old alike, need to learn about so they can see how horse shows are run, etc.” Alborak Stables is home to Olympian, Sandra Donnelly, and features programs for beginners through to international level competitors. AB The unique format of the Alborak Stable Derby allows riders to contend in both dressage testing on the first day and cross country / stadium jumping on the second. Photos courtesy of Marlene Bieri


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Lisa Keizer volunteers at numerous events each year. Here she is standing beside AA Profile++ at the Region 17 Arabian Championship show.

A Priceless Gift of Time

VOLUNTEERING IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR LISA KEIZER. BY SUZANNE HALE

Volunteers, selected by competition organisers, receive recognition and a $50 VISA/MC gift card.

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It is said, “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.� Perhaps that’s Lisa Keizer’s secret to managing a busy life with little down time – horses are her respite. Honoured for her volunteer efforts at the Parkland Area Alberta Dressage Association (PAADA) Dressage Daze 1 show in February, 2015, Keizer received an award that she didn’t see coming. “I didn’t know they were doing that, until I got the letter from the Alberta Equestrian Federation,� says Keizer about the Outstanding Volunteer award she received for helping with the PAADA show. A busy mom to two high-schoolers, Keizer’s days are packed with a kaleidoscope of activities. Volunteering at every horse show she attends, Keizer has helped at over 50 shows. “I volunteer because I know it’s a lot harder to run these shows without helpers, plus it keeps show costs down,� Keizer notes, explaining why she spends so much time assisting. For the most part, Keizer volunteers close to home, offering support at up to seven Alberta shows a year. Keizer’s volunteering extends beyond the arena. For over 20 years, she has driven a 1913 Rumley oil pull tractor for the Leduc West Antique Society, where events include a showcase of oldstyle farm techniques. Also driving a school bus for the past 20 years, Keizer finds enjoyment dabbling in home renovations and carpentry, her current efforts focused on a nightstand project. For this mom, other activities are secondary. “My kids are a big thing. They are both involved in Kung Fu; they’re so fun to watch.� Not often idle, Keizer adds, “When I’m not with my kids, I’m on my bus or in the barn.� Keizer’s barnmates agree with the recognition she’s received. When she was told she had been contacted by Alberta Bits, they said, “That’s because you’re so bubbly!� Add that adjective to the list describing this lady who makes it a habit to pitch in. AB

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Photos courtesy of Kathleen Ziegler HERE: David riding Critical Decision on XC. BELOW: David riding Peninsula Top Man in his dressage test. OPPOSITE PAGE TOP: David Ziegler OPPOSITE PAGE BOTTOM: James Alliston (standing) is an integral part of the Alberta High Performance Program.

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A Job Well Done BY BONNIE HAYWARD

We have all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.� Well, it takes a village and a great coach to raise a successful event rider. Our village consists of eager athletes and their equine partners, supportive family, dedicated coaches / clinicians, veterinarians, physiotherapists, sports psychologists, and the organizations that help bring it all together. In 2007 Alberta Horse Trials Association (AHTA) High Performance (HP) was founded in conjunction with Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and with Provincial funding support from Alberta Sport Connection (formerly ASRWPF.) Our HP goal is to support in the development of Alberta Athletes (riders and horses) and coaches in the sport of three-day eventing, by providing an ongoing system of education. The Alberta HP program was the only program of its type in Canada, and is now being used as a model for other provinces. We continue to focus on supporting coaches by offering coaching clinics with qualified, respected coach / clinicians in the three disciplines of our sport. All of our clinics are set up to be used as mentoring hours for coach certification. Coaches attending the clinics can receive AEF recognized coach 18

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accreditation hours. A number of our HP riders have become coaches and are playing a large part in the leadership role of inspiring riders at all levels. Our coaches recognize that safety and consistency are very important in the success of their riders.

REAPING THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOURS. HP riders have represented Alberta in a very positive manner over the years, both nationally and internationally. HP rider Sandra Donnelly represented Canada in the 2007 Pan-Am Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Alberta HP riders are no strangers to the North American Junior Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, Kentucky. 2014 was no exception. David Ziegler accomplished what no other rider has ever done. After qualifying for NAJYRC (the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, ages 14-21), David not only competed in the two disciplines of eventing and dressage, he also won individual gold and silver medals. A USEF representative confirmed that he is the first in the history of NAJYRC to medal in two


disciplines in the same year. David shared his gold medal with eventing partner Critical Decision, an 18-yearold Oldenburg gelding and silver with his dressage partner, Peninsula Top Man, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse. Peninsula Top Man is better known as “Topper,” and has been

owned by David for six years. The pair have qualified to represent Canada at the Pam-Am Games. David additionally won the d re s s a g e “ S t y l e Aw a rd . ” T h i s award celebrates one rider from each discipline recognizing their style throughout the week not only while mounted, but in the form of manners, sportsmanship, and overall demeanor around the competition grounds and at organized functions. At age 21, David was short-listed for the 2014 F.E.I. Rising Star Award. The Longines Rising Star Award recognizes consistency, outstanding sportsmanship, and commitment. It is one of five awards presented by F.E.I. at its General Assembly in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. David’s coaches are Jessica Ransehousen and Missy Ransehousen. As the AHTA High Performance program continues to grow, we look forward to supporting and meeting the needs of our future eventing stars. AB

The HP Coaches have been also inspired and mentored by some of the best coaches / clinicians in the business:

HP Coach / Consultant - Lorraine Laframboise 2007-2012

- Canadian Olympic & National Eventing Coach. - Project Leader Coaching Association of Canada’s NCCP Comp-Dev Transition for - Equine Canada. - Quebec / Alberta / British Columbia Event Team NAJYRC Chef d’ Equipe ’07,’09,’10. - CBC Colour Commentator Athens Olympics and Aachen World Equestrian Games.

HP Coach / Consultant - Lynda Ramsey 2013

- NCCP level 3 high Performance coach specializing in eventing. - Canadian Eventing Team rider 80’s and 90’s. - Accredited Equine Canada Judge 10 years (EC three-day event judge, - EC eventing jumper judge, EC ‘B’ dressage judge). - Nominated in 2013 to become FEI International Judge by the National Federation. - Past Chair of EC Officials and Rules Committee for eventing. - Equine Canada Course Facilitator for three-day judges education courses, - for current and upcoming judge candidates.

Clinicians

World class clinicians are an integral part of the HP program – helping our members strive for and achieve excellence. This season our HP members look forward to working with; Leslie Law, Claudia Cojocar, and James Alliston.

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PANTHER PROJECT

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The Recreation committee of the AEF had a busy year in 2014. Many meetings were attended and several initiatives were put forward, including an initiative with Parks Canada and a provincial initiative to restore wagon access into the Panther Valley. PARKS CANADA In the summer of 2014, the AEF asked Parks Canada to consider opening up back country staging areas for use by equine day riders. We offered financial support for water wells and outhouses where required. Banff National Park does not currently have any campgrounds that can accommodate equine users. The AEF is suggesting that permits be granted for staging area use in the same way backcountry permits are issued (without the grazing aspect). It has also been suggested that this could lead to support, from the AEF or member organizations, on trail maintenance. Over the last few months, the visitor Experience Managers in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay Park considered this suggestion. Parks Canada responded on March 4, 2015 to our day riding initiative. Their official position is that development of staging areas for use by equine day riders does not currently fit with their management plan. They are, however, interested in enhancing the opportunities at the Bighorn Campground (Ya-Ha-Tinda) and and in further promoting this area as an equine destination. Parks Canada would work with the Friends of the Eastern Slopes to identify opportunities for improving the services there that could provide additional opportunities for day riding. The AEF is disappointed with this decision, as we saw some additional opportunities for day riding in the mountain environment. We do, however, appreciate the time and effort Parks Canada staff Wagon dedicated Panther River Trails to discussing this initiative. At this point in time, the opportunity for day riding will

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remain the same within Banff National Parks. To stay within the current protocols, equine trips within the national park must be booked as "Backcountry." There are a series of staging areas developed for these types of trips. In Banff, these are located at Mosquito Creek and Pipestone River Trailhead. Users can stay at the staging area the night prior to leaving on a backcountry trip and the night of return from a trip, but no nights in between these dates. This means that by booking a backcountry trip, there is the opportunity to only do a one day ride, the day after arriving at the staging area as there are no permits for "0" nights in the backcountry. The AEF will continue to stay in touch with Parks Canada and look for opportunities in the future. PANTHER RIVER WAGON TRAIL The AEF received a $10,000 matching grant from the National Trails Coalition (NTC) to complete trail repairs in the Panther Valley. This funding will be used to address non-2013 flood related issues. The Backcountry Trails Flood Rehabilitation Program (BTFRP) has also allocated a budget of $100,000 to address the Panther Valley trail issues relating to the 2013 flood. The AEF escorted two BTFRP staff into the Panther Valley in October of 2014. This field trip completed the flood damage inventory in the Panther Valley and facilitated discussion on realignment of some trails. The AEF has completed preliminary planning on trail repairs/realignment and both the BTFRP and AESRD are supportive of the proposed plans. A final stake holder meeting was attended on March 20 with support from all who attended. The AEF will submit trail alignment and design plans to the BTFRP, who will then tender the work related to 2013 flooding. Work is scheduled to commence in the early summer of 2015. The NTC funding will be used to address non flood related issues with work also commencing early in the summer of 2015. Although the funding in place is substantial, an independent review of the alignment and budgeting indicates we will need to raise additional funds ($80,000) to complete this project. We will also be looking to raise funds to repair a saddle horse trail to Dormer Lake. GREATER BRAGG CREEK TRAIL ASSOCIATION The AEF Trail Supporter Fund donated $5,000 to the Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association (GBCTA) to assist with trail development. Many equine trails are available in the 62 kms of developed trails. In 2014, the AEF focused on on finding ways to support and promote equine recreational activities. The need for appropriate staging is a prime concern and we will continue to address this matter. AB


2015 WESTERN

PROVINCIAL COACHING UPDATE

The Alberta Equestrian Federation was pleased to have been recognized as a leading province in the western coaching community for 2015. Each year the AEF hosts a provincial coaching update for certified EC western instructors / coaches as professional development, to provide training opportunities and program updates to those in attendance. This year, we were happy to provide, for the first time ever in Canada, a video conferencing option for our coaches in the heart of Olds, AB, at Olds College. The AEF was able to work with professional videographer, Brad Lowrie, from Gearhead Media, who has lots of experience in the horse industry, to dial in coaches from British Columbia all the way to Ontario into our event. The entire day ran smoothly and was fantastic, with coaches, facilitators and a fabulous group of demo riders from Olds College. Feedback was very positive from this event. Upon presentations at the National Coaching Committee, this method was well embraced and has stimulated discussion around the want and need for more online training methods to connect coaches across the country! AB

THE AEF TRAIL SUPPORTER FUND WAS CREATED TO PRESERVE ACCESS TO ALBERTA’S TRAILS AND TO GIVE EVERYBODY THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY OUR VAST TRAIL NETWORK AND CAMP WITH THEIR HORSES. Everyone who enjoys this freedom must do their part to ensure that this access is continued. The AEF Trail Supporter Fund supports the efforts of Alberta trail builders by making funds available to support the development, maintenance and improvement of horse friendly trails, campsites and staging areas throughout the province. Many areas in southern Alberta sustained heavy damage from the floods and repairs are still needed.

If you care about the future of equestrian access to Alberta’s trails, contribute to the AEF Trail Supporter Fund. Every dollar helps!

Any contribution is gratefully accepted, however thank-you gifts are available to those who wish to receive them, at the following contribution levels: $35, a ‘Leave No Trace’ handy reference card; $60, a ‘Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics–Horse Use’ booklet; and at the $100 level, both the reference card and the booklet.

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EC / NCCP COACHING AWARD NOMINATIONS The Alberta Equestrian Federation would like to thank its membership for participating in the 2014 EC/NCCP Coaching Awards! The following areas were open for nomination:

COACH DEVELOPER AWARD FOR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT The Equine Canada (EC) / 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 may come from all corners of the country, and are recognized for their contribution to the sport as a teacher and coach, whether their students are active in competitive sport, or are recreational sport participants.

This award will recognize an outstanding contributor to the promotion, growth and development of Equine Canada's NCCP programs.

COACH DEVELOPER AWARD FOR PROGRAM DELIVERY

This award will recognize a learning facilitator, evaluator, master learning facilitator, or master evaluator for their exceptional ability to mentor and develop certified coaches and instructors.

COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR

This award will recognize a current and active certified Equine Canada NCCP Instructor or Coach working with entry level athletes. This coach focuses on the complete development of their athletes, are a positive role model, promote the Learn to Ride and Drive programs, has the ability to improve athlete performance and continually strives to improve through professional development opportunities.

COMPETITIVE COACH OF THE YEAR

This award will recognize a current and active certified Equine Canada NCCP Coach working with competitive athletes. They respect everyone involved in competition and demonstrate good sportsmanship, plus focus on the complete development of their athletes. This person must be a positive role model, have the ability to improve athlete performance, shares knowledge with other coaches and continually strives to improve through professional development opportunities. We received many fantastic nominations for Equine Canada/NCCP Certified Instructor/Coaches in our province for the following categories: Coach Developer Award for Program Development, Coach Developer for Program Delivery, Community Coach of the Year, Competition Coach of the Year. The following Equine Canada/NCCP Certified Instructors/Coaches were nominated: Carola Friesen Western Coach 1 Valerie Mckay English Coach 1 Jenny Horsey-Simpson English Competition Coach Lisa Wieben Western Coach 1 Rita Condon English Coach 2 Ashley Bishop (Sacha) English Competition Coach Suzanne Morin English Coach 1 Linda Black Western Coach 1 Sandra Oxtoby English Competition Coach Trish Mrakawa English Coach 3 Ruth Ratcliffe Western Coach 2 Simone Fortin English Coach 1 Lynda Tennessen English IOB Barb Richard Drive Coach 1 Stephanie Mah English Coach 1 Sheri Donner-Watson English Coach 1 Karen Jarvie English Coach 1 Final Award recipients were announced at the 2015 Equine Canada Convention March 25-29, 2015 in Gatineau, Quebec. For more information regarding coaching award nominations for 2015 please contact the Alberta Equestrian Federation Coaching Coordinator directly at coaching@albertaequestrian.com AB 22

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LIVESTOCK CARE CONFERENCE The 2015 Livestock Care Conference showcased innovative thinking and calls to action. AEF was proud to sponsor two students to attend this valuable learning conference. BY KRISTEN HALL

A wealth of fresh insights, ideas and calls to action on farm animal care were showcased at the 2015 Livestock Care Conference, March 26-27 held in Calgary, AB, helping to set a new pathway for industry-driven progress. The conference featuring leading speakers and over 200 participants from across the livestock industry was hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) and the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA). Much of the debate on farm animal welfare changes has centered on major infrastructure shifts such as facilities improvements and housing approaches. However, arguably the greatest challenge – and also opportunity – facing animal agriculture may lie not in the physical environment but rather in the mindset of producers, says Dr. David Fraser of the University of British Columbia. He called for the continued “professionalization of animal agriculture” as the most impactful way to effect strong and sustainable welfare advancement. “So much of the quality of farm animal care depends on the knowledge, skill and attentiveness of the producers and staff,” says Fraser. “Whether it’s food safety, environmental stewardship, or farm animal welfare, what we need is a system that rewards 24

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dedication and performance among the people most directly involved in production. This shift has already begun and we are moving in the right direction.” Taking strong ownership of the farm animal welfare issue is critical for agriculture, says Brent Moen, President of Verus Swine Management Services Ltd. “The bottom line is that perception is reality. When there are problems, we need to take ownership, stand up and demand corrective action. As an industry we need to demand 100 percent compliance and become 100 percent responsible. It’s about doing the right thing and owning the term ‘Animal Welfare.’ Social license is about transparency.” Telling the story of animal agriculture effectively is a key ingredient, says Dr. Cody Creelman of Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd., who talked about social media opportunities. “The goal is not to fake Much of the debate on perfection. Tell our story farm animal welfare – the good, the bad, the changes has centered imperfections. The more on major infrastructure real we are the more we truly connect with shifts such as facilities can people and build good improvements and We all housing approaches. relationships. have a story to tell and However, arguably the we need to be the ones greatest challenge – and telling it. Misinformation also opportunity – facing is the greatest threat to animal agriculture may animal agriculture." progress lie not in the physical Continued environment but rather in is critical to market the mindset of producers, acceptance, says Jason says Dr. David Fraser. Krips, Deputy Minister at Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Our commitment is that our industry continues to be a leader in animal welfare and that consumers around the world know that. Accessing new international markets for our agricultural products is a priority and animal welfare is key to market access.” Producers have a leading role to play, says Dr. Terry Church, Manager at Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch Ltd. “There is a large and growing segment of consumers who want to know more about how their food is produced. As a farmer or rancher, they want to look you in the eye and get straight answers that fit what they expect. We need to provide those answers. One of the things I believe we all can do, especially as primary producers, is make a much more concerted effort to get our message out to the consumers.” Livestock sectors made great strides on all of these fronts by working together and it’s time to shift into a higher gear through a commitment to continual improvement, says Dr. Angela Greter, Acting Executive Director, Alberta Farm Animal Care. “Think how far we’ve come. We have many robust animal care programs in place. We have resources available to improve practices. We have Codes of Practice for nearly every species and livestock sector. We have robust research. And we have most importantly dedicated and inspiring people to champion animal welfare. I want everyone in this room to be proud of where we’ve come from, proud of where we are, and proud of where we’re going.” AB

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STEADFAST These AEF members cannot imagine life without horses.

This year, they will additionally celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. One of the horses that the Wilsons are most proud of was a black Quarab named Beau that lived to be 34-years-old and had an impressive equine resume. Beau was a successful gymkhana horse, winning a multitude of barrel and pole competitions with Jo-Ann, being a statuesque guard horse at Spruce Meadows and participated in 35 Calgary Stampede Parades with Fort Calgary. “Everywhere we went, people seemed to know who he was. We would always get asked, ‘Where is your black horse?’ It seems like in the horse community sometimes people get to know your horses better than you,” laughs Gerry, who retired as the operations manager at Clark Transport 11 years ago. Jo-Ann and Gerry are also experienced trail riders, who have always loved getting out in nature and getting away from the city on the weekends. “I remember we came to a river out in the mountains one day, and I was wondering if Beau would jump off of a little cliff into it,” Jo-Ann recalls. “But there was no way I was going to do it.” “So I got on him and gave him a little nudge and he jumped right into the river. That was the kind of horse he was, he would do anything you asked. He was so good natured,” Gerry explains. “They both came out soaking wet,” Jo-Ann laughs. Jo-Ann and Gerry, aged 79 and 82 respectively, have no interest in slowing down anytime soon. “We have decided to retire from gymkhanas, just because my neck was starting to bother me,” Jo-Ann says. “But the thought of having to move to the city and into a nursing home or something doesn’t really appeal to us. We love it out here and we love the horses. We want to stay as long as possible.” AB

BY LAUREN McGOUGAN

Wilson’s boarding stable just east of Calgary, AB, and near Langdon, AB, is home to 17 horses. The stable is run by Gerry and Jo-Ann Wilson, two people who have a true passion and love for animals, especially horses. “We have been living here for 33 years now,” says Jo-Ann, who retired as the manager of the geriatrics unit at Country Club Pet Resort eight years ago. The property is home to 17 horses, four of which the Wilson’s own. The rest are boarded horses, with the majority of the owners living in Calgary. Jo-Ann and Gerry have been AEF members since the organization 30

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was founded in 1978. “The whole organization is just great. They are so easy to deal with and they are so nice. They can answer any question that you may have,” Jo-Ann explains. The Wilson’s have a long history with a multitude of equine organizations. They have stood honorable guard at Spruce Meadows for 22 years, have been members of the Strathmore Fun Country Riders since it was founded in 1979 and have participated in a multitude of gymkhana and show events. The Wilson’s have also balanced raising three children, working full time jobs and traveling, with their interest in horses.

LEFT: Jo-Ann and Gerry Wilson in their barn, with cat Tiger and dog Lady. Photo by Lauren McGougan TOP: A view of the current herd at Wilson's boarding stable. Photo by Lauren McGougan ABOVE: Beau as a guard horse at Spruce Meadows / Jo-Ann Wilson runs poles on Beau.


Alberta Bits - Summer 2015  

The Official Magazine of the Alberta Equestrian Federation

Alberta Bits - Summer 2015  

The Official Magazine of the Alberta Equestrian Federation