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AEF BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT PAST PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER CH AIR (SPORT) CHAIR (RECREATION) CHAIR (BREEDS&INDUSTRY) CHAIR (EDUCATION) CHAIR (PUBLIC RELATIONS) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUAL

Les Oakes 403.540.9859 lesoakes@gmail.com Lewis Hand 403.722.4690 lewhand@live.ca Tara Gamble 780.945.7516 tcgamble@xplornet.ca Tara Gamble 780.945.7516 tcgamble@xplornet.ca Sabrina Oakes 403.826.4661 sabrinaoakes@gmail.com Trish Mrakawa 403.938.6398 trish@willowgrovestables.com Jay Mills 403.637-2410 jay.mills@albertaequestrian.com Bill desBarres 888.303.1070 lazydbar@telusplanet.net Kippy Maitland-Smith 403.845.4864 cromdale@harewaves.net Dena Squarebriggs 403.760.0512 dmsquare04@hotmail.com Sonia Dantu 403.253.4411 execdir@albertaequestrian.com Alison Douglas 403.762.8570 thealicat@shaw.ca Don Scott 780.895.7660 dscott@mscnet.ca Nicolas Brown 780.454.5001 bruchev@gmail.com Barb Easthom 403.801.4111 beasthom@rubydale.com Lauren Parker 403.813.1055 lmparker@shaw.ca Camilla Gerner 403.796.4281 gernercamilla@gmail.com

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M E E T YO U R N E W D I R E C TO R S The five people that are stepping into directorial roles with the AEF.

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W I L D RO S E C O M P E T I T I O N Molly Sapergia and the Cochrane & District Agricultural Society join forces with the AEF to better serve its members.

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O U T S TA N D I N G VO L U N T E E R Susan MacLennan dedicates her time and passion for horses to the Cochrane & District Agricultural Society.

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G R E AT L E A D E R S H I P Great Albertan horsepeople are recognized for their contributions to the industry every year by the AEF; 2014 recipients.

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President's Message

After the winter we experienced all across Alberta and a spring that seemed to never be able to make up its mind whether it should snow, rain or be sunny, it is great to look forward to summer! For those who were able to join us at our AGM in March, thank you for attending. For those who were unable, please visit our website to view our 2013 annual report. A new board was elected at the AGM and I am humbled and proud once again to serve as your President. There were four directors not returning to the board this year and it’s important to recognize them for their contributions; Juliet Franke, Laura Stenhouse, Brian Irving and Elise Petitjean. I look forward to working with our new Board of Directors. While we do have some familiar faces on the Board, I also am thrilled to have five new faces to serve the membership this year. Their enthusiasm and new perspective on how to accomplish projects will be a benefit to both the staff and membership as a whole. The first element of the AEF’s Strategic Plan is to grow the membership base in order to expand the services and benefits that we are able to offer. In order to accomplish this, each Director has been tasked to come up with their own project to substantially grow the membership. In order to evaluate the success of each Director’s project, criteria was established to include a project that is both reportable and measureable to the membership. In the future, both in Alberta Bits and in our E-news, you will receive updates and progress on the projects our Directors have planned. In the meantime, if anyone wants to share their great ideas or better yet help out on any of the AEF committees we would encourage you to either get hold of myself or the Director you would like to work with. As we move through summer, there a few things the AEF will be involved in, starting on June 8th, the day that has been proclaimed National Horse Day. In Alberta, as well as the rest of Canada, there will be many horse related events happening across the land. The Bar U Ranch, a working ranch in the Canada Parks system, is planning a free BBQ that is sure to draw a crowd, as free food seems to be one of the better crowd pleasers available. Be sure to come out and visit. Alberta will once again be sending a team comprised of reiners, jumpers and dressage competitors to participate and compete in the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Competition (CIEC) that will be hosted in Blainville, Quebec. Last year’s CIEC was a tremendous success, held

just south of Calgary at John Anderson’s facility, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, seeing Alberta win the overall Gold Team Championship. It is a great competition from a competitor and spectator’s viewpoint. To be able to watch jumping, dressage and reining at the same venue by just moving to the next ring was a great treat last year. This fall, the AEF will be hosting our 3rd annual fundraising trail ride on September 14th at the Red Lodge Guest Ranch located in Bowden. This fundraiser helps our club member therapeutic riding associations so we hope you will come out and join us this year and contribute to this worthwhile cause. Watch the AEF enews and website for more details to come. As my picture shows, I have a bit more experience in life than many of our younger members but fortunately as an organization the AEF is lucky to have both staff and Directors who have a great understanding and working knowledge of social media. As the AEF continues to grow, social media will become a more effective tool in keeping in touch with each other and I look forward to seeing our organization grow with it in this exciting time. I encourage all of our present members to both ‘like’ and ‘tweet’ as often as possible but more importantly stay in touch. Let us know what you want the AEF to become and what you want your President and the Board of Directors to accomplish in the upcoming year. Have a great summer. AB

A M E S S AG E F RO M E X E C U T I V E D I R E C TO R S O N I A DA N T U As I write, it has been one month since the AEF Annual General Meeting and by the time you receive your magazine, it will have been a year since the great floods of 2013. Every year brings its triumphs and challenges. For those that were unable to attend the AEF annual meeting on March 23, 2014, we want to share the AEF’s triumphs and challenges with you. The AEF would not exist without members and it’s critical to recognize the importance of our communication, accountability and transparency to you. In 2013, the AEF hosted the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC), both a great event and a huge undertaking to create a world-class event at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, September 13-15. It was an enormous responsibility for 6

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AEF staff and volunteers on top of ensuring that regular programs were continued at expected high standards. The CIEC was a well-attended event, with over 250 participants and supporters from across Canada and the obvious enthusiasm of the participants and the audience showed that interprovincial events are not only important to the development of athletes, but also as a showcase. Bal Gosal, Federal Minister of State (Sport) for Canada, presented awards at the closing ceremonies, supporting the value and credibility of this event. The AEF staff raised almost $20,000 in sponsorships and Equine Canada budgeted $23,000. Event sponsors provided CIEC bags, Team Alberta apparel, embroidery, equipment and facility rental assistance.


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A successful effort by AEF staff encouraged members to provide the names of coaches who have made a positive difference. The AEF awards committee presented a short list for consideration for the 2013 Equine Canada awards gala. These Alberta coaches received awards: Cathy Chalack (two awards), Kathleen Winfield, Roxy Wright, Jennifer Smart, Gabriele Klotz, Wendy Johnston and Tricia Dahms. In addition, Erin Lundteigen, AEF staff, received the Program Administration Excellence Award. The AEF also participated in key industry meetings. Equine Canada’s One Vision, 2012-2018 Strategic Plan was reviewed in September with Equine Canada and P/TSO staff effectively working together. At the Alberta Sport Forum in November, the AEF provided input to help establish Alberta as a leading province for sport development. The AEF needs to mirror the Alberta Sport Plan to ensure ongoing provincial funding for equine activities. Also in November, the AEF took part in the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Governance Summit, which focused on high-level governance issues and provided practical strategies and tools. Resources on how staff and volunteer leaders can be better equipped to keep pace with the changing environment were offered. The major challenge and priority in 2013 was fundraising. With government funding and grant programs cut and a reduction in casino funds, the AEF had shortfalls in programs and services, such as the CIEC, Trail Supporter, Live Outside the Box and scholarships and grants. On the plus side, an anonymous donation of $10,000 developed a unique legacy program geared towards introducing youth to driving. Casino funds provide a major source of money for many programs and the AEF thanks the members who volunteered. We will be holding another casino this year on December 28 & 29 in Calgary. If you would like to volunteer for this important fundraiser, please contact the office. The AEF ended 2013 with a small surplus mainly due to the increase in membership fees. At the end of 2012, a fee review compared membership fees with other partnering provinces (AEF was among the lowest across Canada). After direct expenses were removed from membership fees, $1.15 per member remained to cover operating costs such as, telephone/internet, office consumables, rent, board meetings, educational materials, trade shows. On average, operating costs increase annually by 3.5%. One means to offset these costs is to increase membership numbers with the development of the new member referral program. The AEF staff has a very positive team spirit and work ethic to best serve the membership and I thank them for their constant dedication. In addition, I would like to thank the volunteer board members for giving of their time, expertise and leadership to the AEF. Without the positive support and guidance from the board in 2013, the AEF would not have achieved the successes we had. The stage is set for success with a ‘forward thinking’ board of directors, and staff that are ‘dedicated’ to working extremely hard for the members. Our office and ears are always open to listen to your ‘voice.’ Enjoy your summer and ride or drive safely. AB

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AEF AUCTION

Warm Welcome RECAP

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

BY ALLISON BLACKMORE

As part of the AEF AGM, a silent auction was held to raise funds for the AEF’s popular Live Outside the Box youth program. There were a variety of items donated including jackets and other clothing, horse products, hay, breeding fees, advertising opportunities, hotel accommodations, photography packages and home décor items. The AEF would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the auction donors and to those who came out and bid on some great items. The auction raised $1,275.00 for the Live Outside the Box program.

THANK-YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

TOP ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Jay Mills (Chair of Recreation), Nicolas Brown (Individual Director), Lew Hand (Vice President), Don Scott (Individual Director), and Les Oakes (President). BOTTOM ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Bill desBarres (Chair of Breeds & Industry),

Lauren Parker (Individual Director), Barb Easthom (Individual Director), Kippy Maitland-Smith (Chair of Education), Tara Gamble (Past President & Secretary), and Dena Squarebriggs (Chair of Public Relations). MISSING: Sabrina Oakes (Treasurer), Trish Mrakawa (Chair of Sport), Alison Douglas (Individual Director), and Camilla Gerner (Individual Director).

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Alberta Equestrian Federation and Western Horse Review partner to deliver top quality member publication. The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Western Horse Review (WHR) Ltd., and have contracted the Alberta-based publishing firm to custom publish Alberta Bits, your member magazine on behalf of the association. “We are excited about our new partnership with WHR and the opportunities available to deliver a high quality paper and electronic member publication province wide,” says Sonia Dantu, Executive Director at the AEF. “As the AEF grows, many of our marketing tools, design and branding must also grow and change, we are confident that WHR will help ensure the AEF meets those goals for our members.” With the guidance of the AEF, the WHR team will continue to publish Alberta Bits on a quarterly frequency, delivering an enhanced magazine that aims to reach a readership of 50,000 Alberta riders. “The WHR team offers up a quality custom publishing option, with an unmatched knowledge of Alberta and its horse industry. We are able to provide a top-notch sales and editorial staff and marketing support. Additionally, our expertise and connections in print production and distribution will ensure cost efficiency for the AEF’s budget,” says Ingrid Schulz, owner of Western Horse Review. “Our team has more than 20 years of experience in both the horse and publishing industry. We’re very excited to put it to use with this project and look forward to working with the AEF.” On the horizon will be a digital version for members who have expressed interest that they would prefer to receive their issues in that format, a redesign of the existing publication and logo, and enhanced newsstand distribution. AB

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AEF Biosecurity Outreach Program Alberta Carriage Driving Association At the Barn Door Cleardale Riders EZ Bales Janet Horbacio Photography Juliet Franke Jump Alberta Kananaskis Delta Hotel Karen Orser Mini Tack Mania Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Saddle Up Magazine Sevenoakes Farms Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino Sunset Alpine Tara Gamble Horsemanship The Tack Trunk Tunnel Mountain Resort ABOUT THE LIVE OUTSIDE THE BOX PROGRAM

The Live Outside the Box program is open to AEF members aged 7-15 and encourages adopting a healthy, active lifestyle by rewarding participants for spending more time being active and less time in front of the TV and computer. Participants track their hours from April to September, being active and can earn rewards in categories such as: Highest Horse Time Hours, Lowest Screen Time Hours and Highest Hours of Outdoor Activities. Registration is free and horse ownership or involvement is not necessary. Any activity can be recorded, participation is not limited to involving horses. For more information and to register for the program, visit the AEF website: albertaequestrian.com/Recreation-Live-Outside-the-Box


Meet the Directors With varied backgrounds and experiences, five new individuals step into directorial roles for 2014.

Nicolas Brown Barb Easthom Camilla Gerner Jay Mills Lauren Parker

Nicolas Brown is a young business professional and avid volunteer who joined the AEF Board for the first time this year. Currently studying accounting at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Nicolas has been working in the Edmonton area since the start of his professional career. His first step into the equine industry was as a young member of the Pembina River Pony Club, where his passion for the industry, and volunteering, were kindled. Nicolas remains an active member of Pony Club, both as a rider, and as a volunteer. As a new board member, one of the greatest challenges is getting up to speed on everything and anything an informed director needs to know. Nicolas's goals for the coming year are not only to get up to speed on where the AEF has been, is, and could be, but also to help the AEF become the best it can be in the future. Nicolas plans on attending many events in the Edmonton area as a representative of the AEF, promoting programs and services to members and non-members alike. Barb Easthom is a Certified Management Accountant and works for a construction company in Airdrie. She is an involved volunteer and is currently an active board member with Jump Alberta. She has also been a special events coordinator and fundraiser for an educational facility as well as Skate Canada and various skating organizations from 2001-2007 and was an integral part of the BC Senior Games in 1998/99 responsible for accreditation, registrations and results. Barb is passionate about being involved. She loves horses and feels it is important to work on rebuilding the grass roots here in Alberta – from recreational and Pony Club, to western and Hunter/Jumper. Barb lives in Calgary. Her daughter (a former Pony Club member) now competes in the discipline of Hunter/Jumper when she is not at Olds College studying for her Vet Tech program. Camilla Gerner brings to the AEF Board a passion for horses and a sincere interest in all things equestrian. A key factor to her success in working with the Board of Directors is her genuine interest in getting more people involved with the AEF and its work. Camilla is hoping to bring equestrian events and awareness of the work of the AEF into the broader community, including raising awareness at various schools in Calgary. Says Gerner, “I believe that if we can reach out more to the younger audience, we might be able to attract more long term memberships. We also may succeed in getting the children of the city outdoors and enjoying the pleasures, and sometimes even therapeutic benefits, that horses can bring.” Jay Mills is an avid rider who resides west of Water Valley. He spent a number of years in Lake Louise with Brewster Stables and operated his own CTR business for 12 years. Mills is currently self employed and enjoys his work as a remote sensing specialist. “I believe that all recreational groups that access public land must be well organized and well represented. I will continue working at having the AEF recognized as the voice of recreational riding in the province. I hope to collaborate with regional riding clubs on projects to repair and/or enhance our existing equine trail network and move forward with incorporating these initiatives into our Trail Supporter program.” Mills also plans to work to support EC in bringing forward some new initiatives for recreational riding within the National Parks. EC and the AEF would like to see some staging areas opened for use by day riders and have regional organizations involved in trail repair and maintenance within Banff National Park. Lauren Parker has been involved in the equine industry for over 15 years, currently working at HORSELiFE in Calgary. She is a graduate from Olds College Equine Science Business Management and Event Planning program and has worked for the Calgary Stampede as an organizer for the Chuckwagon and Rodeo office. Lauren has volunteered as an assistant instructor for Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding Society and has been involved in mentoring and judging younger participants in conformation dog shows. She has been involved in both the English and western disciplines. Lauren feels that her time management and passion for the equine industry will lend herself well to being on the AEF Board of Directors. She is capable in a leadership role but also enjoys working cohesively as a team. "I would like to grow and further the outreach of the AEF, especially in my generational demographic. Most people around my age are more concerned with the latest status update, tweet or hashtag, rather than making a difference in today’s society. I think it’s important to instill knowledge and understanding of the industry and to engage the next generation to be active participants." AB

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The PURSUITof HORSES The Alberta Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce the 2013 English Rider Level Scholarship Recipient Talia Wells and the Western Charlene Baker Scholarship Recipient Shelby Bennett Charlene Baker was a well liked and respected Equine Canada (EC) Western Level 2 coach and EC Course Conductor and was instrumental in introducing and supporting EC coach and rider programs to central northeast Alberta. Charlene passed away early in May of 1997 after a long battle with cancer. 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 scholarship to the Western Rider who has achieved the highest average score of the level 4 test in the Western Learn to Ride Program. “My name is Shelby Bennett and I am extremely proud to be the recipient of the Charlene Baker Scholarship for 2013. I started riding in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia at the age of 4 and competed in both English and western disciplines. My first horse was an Egyptian Arabian named Bradlee and I competed in the Arabian show circuit with him. My second horse was a mustang named Spyderman and we competed in 3-day eventing up to training level. Having many welleducated instructors over the years has helped my interest in horses grow into my goals of becoming a horse breeder, coach and trainer. It is a long road, but with the help of my family, previous employers and professors at Olds College, these goals are coming true. In the fall of 2013, I enrolled at Olds College in the Equine Science Program majoring in production and breeding management. I hope to take a second major in Equine Coaching in order to increase my knowledge and be able to share my experience with other horse enthusiasts as an instructor. My scholarship money will be put towards my Instructor of Beginners Evaluation for both English and western disciplines. This scholarship will allow me to achieve my goal of becoming a coach sooner than I had planned. In the future, I hope to leave footsteps for others to follow in as well as learn from and for many other horse enthusiasts to reflect upon.” The English rider scholarship is granted to a rider who has achieved the highest average score of the Level 8 test in the English Learn to Ride Program. AB

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The Peace Region Alberta Dressage Association (PRADA) was created so that passionate riders could learn and train in the sport of dressage. Since it’s formation, the club has grown popular among riders in northern Alberta and has nearly tripled in size, allowing more riders the opportunity to further their riding skills and better connect with their horses. PRADA began in 2010 when a small group of dressage riders got together with the intent to create easier access to dressage training and competitions in northern Alberta. Now, the group has grown large, with 56 riders who are interested in promoting and riding dressage. The members are passionate about the connection they feel with their horses and

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the continuous learning process of dressage riding. Camaraderie and the social network that has been created between the riders is very strong and important to them. Going into their fourth year, PRADA has successfully created and hosted a show series with three to four bronze Equine Canada (EC) recognized competitions per season. The Cygnet Dressage Show held in Grande Prairie each June is their flagship competition In their bronze EC shows, they have competitors from a walk/trot level up to fourth level. Competitors need to have their EC sport license in order to take part in any of these shows. With only one show ring, everyone can watch competitors and cheer them on.

Riders will help each other out if need be, and there is no shortage of volunteers at these competitions. The riders are friends first and serious competitors second. The PRADA spans across a large geographical area in northern Alberta. Membership in the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and being able to conduct a meeting through the AEF teleconference feature is appreciated. The PRADA organizers also say they value the insurance they receive though the AEF, as without it, creating and attending their shows would not be as easily accessible to them. Anyone wishing to join the club can go to PRADA’s website peaceregiondressage.com and click on the link to get a membership form. AB

PRADA member and director, Karrie Kennedy, rides her horse, Carumba. Photo by Lindsey Parkin

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A rider participates in the CDAS Hunter/ Jumper Horse Show on January 25, 2014. Photo by Isabel Gimber BELOW: CDAS General Manager, Molly Sapergia. Photo by Adelle Ellis

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right to ride in the indoor and outdoor Located in picturesque Cochrane, arenas anytime they are not booked. The Alberta is the Cochrane & District CDAS recently joined the AEF after the 120’ x 200’ Indoor heated arena Agricultural Society. Overlooking the board decided that they wanted to build 74’ x 142’ riding surface Canadian Rockies, the club recently up the attendance at their shows. Through Large staging area held their first AEF sanctioned show: The the AEF and the Wild Rose Show series, Roping cattle handling equipment Cochrane & District Agricultural Society they were able to accomplish their goals Round pen with 150 spectator seats Hunter Jumper Horse Show, on January of providing and maintaining a relaxed, Pole Barn with 120 Horse stabling Capacity 25, 2014. The show included seven fun and educational environment for their 125’ x 250’ Outdoor Arena divisions with fences ranging from 12” up riders. Cattle handling equipment to 3’, which included categories of Working “We get the support from AEF and Roping Chutes Multiple cattle holding pens Hunter, Handy Hunter, Equitation Over their great staff. We feel confident that our Bull riding pens Fences, Hunter Under Saddle and “Match riders have adequate insurance coverage Cattle holding paddock the Clock” Jumper. There were a total of and we get greater exposures through the Announcers booth with a PA system 42 competitors ranging from eight-yearsAEF website and their members,” says 65’ x 130’ Outdoor Arena old up to riders in their late 40’s. Cochrane & District Agricultural Society Large staging area The CDAS currently holds three General Manager, Molly Sapergia. Sand track with easy access to all arenas & barn Spectator viewing with mountain views hunter/jumper schooling shows, five or six Some changes had to be initiated for ‘funrider’ gymkhanas and three or four Pace the CDAS and its members to complete Dressage Ring and Chase AEF Wild Rose competitions the AEF requirements successfully. All Grass Stadium Jumping Ring a year, where anyone can register and of the competitors must now be AEF Cross-Country Course built to Equine Canada specs participate in the events. Various individuals members, providing all the benefits of the and groups such as the Alberta Ranch Horse AEF membership to the holder. All shows Versatility Association, Extreme Cowboy must have adequate insurance coverage Canada, Alberta and Cochrane Horse Trials and several others also before receiving approval from the AEF. This change comes at an hold other events at the facility each year. The CDAS was chartered additional cost for show organizers, but it does ensure that CDAS as an agricultural society in 1973 and moved to its current Cochrane, has adequate insurance coverage for spectators and participants. Alberta location in 1986, on just under a quarter section of land on Lastly, there is a little more paperwork for the show committee, the northwest corner of the highway #22 and #1A junction about but it helps to make sure everything is done right and to AEF’s specs. 20 minutes northwest of Calgary. Initial development of the original “Competitors can feel confident that the officials are accredited, outdoor and roping arena along with the north dressage and jumping experienced individuals. Although we are free to make some rule rings was completed by a group of volunteers in 1988. Since then amendments, competitors can feel confident that there is a standard numerous site improvements have occurred. of safety requirements,” says Sapergia. The CDAS has approximately 50 members currently, If you would like to become a member of CDAS you can go to although you don’t have to be a full-time member to use the www.cochraneagsociety.com for all the latest information and to click facilities. Riding passes are available which give the holder the on the link and fill out the membership form. AB BY ADELLE ELLIS

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A true horse lover, Susan MacLennan spends her extra time teaching outside of the usual classroom, volunteering in the office of the Cochrane & District Agricultural Society (CDAS), helping kids find and grow their own love, trust and bond with their equine friends. Like the African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In this light, MacLennan says, “After raising two daughters with the help of many others, I know this statement to be true.” “The main reason I volunteer is to give back to others, but I also enjoy seeing the growth and success of young people who are involved in the sport. Big events like horse shows are exciting, but it takes many people working in harmony to achieve success. Without [fellow volunteers] Molly, Isabelle, Heather, Linda and many others’ timeless dedication, the events would never take place.” As a child, MacLennan spent her nights dreaming of horses and her days crying to her father to buy her one. At nine-years-old, her dream came true when she could join Pony Club after her father bought her a weanling. As MacLennan grew, so did her love of horses. She graduated school and moved to a Cree village to teach, where the only horse in town to ride was a wagon horse named Roger. When her daughters were younger she spent her time volunteering with their horse club and with the Calgary Stampede. She now spends her time in the office of the CDAS, as well as judging 4-H public speaking and offering her time at the Cochrane Horse Trials yearly event. “Horses are the most amazing animals, for all the disciplines they are willing to do for us, with incredible grace and trust. It is a beautiful thing to witness, and every horse and rider I see inspires me,” states MacLennan. Although her daughters have outgrown the years of pony clubs and horse shows, MacLennan’s love of horses remains strong. Her five horses no longer compete but they will always be apart of MacLennan’s family, spending the summers trail riding in the mountains with MacLennan and her husband. AB

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The Equine Canada/NCCP National Coaching Awards recognize coaches and instructors from all disciplines across the country who exemplify the coaching and teaching practices of the national coaching certification program. Nominess from across Canada are recognized for their contribution to the sport as a teacher and coach, whether their students are active in competition or are recreational sport participants. This year, the AEF is pleased to congratulate coaches that were named recipients from our province for the 2013 awards. Award recipients were announced at the 2013 Equine Canada Gala. The AEF is proud to have so many deserving coaches within Alberta.

Wendy Nelson HP REINING AWARD RECIPIENT

Wendy Nelson specializes in training Western Performance Horses with her main focus being reining. She enjoys giving lessons, coaching, showing and conducting reining and horsemanship clinics for beginner to advanced riders. She is a certified Equine Canada High Performance Reining Coach under the new Equine Canada Competition Coach program. As an Equine Canada Mentor and Facilitator, she offers the Western Rider Level 1-4 through to Instructor and Coach Program for learning and certification. She is also a Master Evaluator for the Reining High Performance program. Wendy is a graduate of the highly accredited Equine Program at Olds College, Alberta with additional certification in Artificial Insemination and Advanced Breeding Management from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA. In 2011, Wendy successfully completed her CRC judging course and is now an accredited Equine Canada Reining Judge as well as an NRHA judge.

Altogether, she has been teaching for over 30 years. In addition to actively teaching the Equine Canada program, Ruth is in constant demand for teaching musical ride or drill team clinics. Because of her interest and love of that discipline, Ruth wrote a book, published in December entitled “Ride

the Stride”, how-to book on everything you would like to know about starting a musical ride. She presently lives in Endiang, Alberta with her 2 dogs, 2 cats and 5 horses. Here she owns and operates her own coffee shop called “Ruthie’s Roost”. Ruth is a busy clinician flying throughout the country and teaching most every weekend. When not busy teaching or giving clinics, you will find Ruth trail riding in the Rocky mountains, one of her many passions.

Sarah Andrews Lisa Wieben WESTERN INSTRUCTOR OF BEGINNER AWARD RECIPIENT

Ruth Ratcliffe WESTERN COACH 2 AWARD RECIPIENT

Ruth Ratcliffe is an Equine Canada Certified Level II Western Coach in all disciplines. She is a Master Evaluator for Alberta and British Columbia. In addition, she is an Equine Canada Senior Judge as well as a Certified English Instructor and is the only Certified Drill Team Judge in Canada. Ruth taught the western coaching program at Olds College for 2 years and was the Director Coach of the Calgary Stampede Showriders for 10 years. 16

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This is where my love of horses began. I was an avid 4-H member completing all levels of 4-H Horsemanship also receiving my platinum award. Soon after my 4-H years were over as a member, I became a 4-H leader where I discovered my love for teaching people to ride. Being a 4-H leader led me to take formal training in Equine Science with a major in Coaching at Olds College. I am certified through Equine Canada as an Instructor of Beginners as well as CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Level 1 Instructor of Riders with Disabilities. Since I was young I have enjoyed participating in open horse shows in western, English and reining. Starting colts has also been part of my life since I was a teenager, which is now a part of the work I do at Winning Strides in Nanton, AB. This is where I instruct many students of all ages from 7-years-old through to adults. I am also an instructor of riders with disabilities. This is a great challenge and is wonderful to see the happiness and improvement of children and adults whether it is a mental or physical improvement. Being an instructor is a great passion for me. It gives me great joy knowing I am helping people within my community as well as outside the community where I grew up. I love to see the confidence in my student’s progress and see the connection with their horses as they too continue to learn and grow.”

“My formative years were immersed in the strong ranching lifestyle well known to southern Alberta. I grew up on a working ranch in the foothills west of Stavely, AB.

WESTERN COACH 1 AWARD RECIPIENT

Lisa Wieben is a versatile and friendly coach who has successfully trained and competed in American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), open shows and dressage competitions. An Equine Canada certified western coach, Lisa is currently working towards the Competition Coach Specialist Certification and has also added English and Western Dressage to her training skills. Dedicated to improving horse and rider experience, she is constantly upgrading her skills, recently attaining the Centered Riding Level 1 Instructor Rating; a great compliment to her Platinum Trainer Certification in both ground and riding skills under the Chris Irwin Horsemanship Program. Lisa enjoys sharing her knowledge with a variety of


AWA R D S students from 4H youth to adult amateurs in a safe, relaxed atmosphere through private lessons or clinic settings. Her students compete in a wide range of events from Cowboy Challenges, Western and English

in New York. She then became a Teaching Assistant at Whitemud Equestrian Centre, spending over eight years learning how to teach and assist in a busy lesson program. To give herself a greater understanding of the equine anatomy and its relation to performance she became a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. In 2008, Danielle married Merle Gallant and they began their equestrian life together developing their own breeding and training program. Soon after, Danielle met Tricia Dahms, coach and owner of Sandridge

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Dressage, open shows and AQHA events. "I love coaching and seeing the moments when horse and rider come together as a team, whether they are preparing for a show or just learning the basics, it is so rewarding. I really want to thank my students for this award." Lisa and her husband own Mountain View Training Stables in the beautiful area around Olds, AB.

Kathy Playdon ENGLISH EVALUATOR AWARD RECIPIENT

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“I started western riding, then started pony club and have stayed involved in pony club ever since. I competed in 3-day eventing for many years, making it to the FEI world rankings. I have trained horses, show jumped and coached and taught riders for many years. I have been involved in the provincial coaching program since it began, both in testing and teaching.”

Danielle Gallant ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR OF BEGINNER AWARD RECIPIENT

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SusanneRauhut ENGLISH COACH 2 AWARD RECIPIENT

Susanne Rauhut was born in Germany where her passion for horses began. She started riding at the age of 11 and began teaching beginner riders, vaulting and special needs children at the age of 16, long before her arrival in Canada in 2003. Her teaching abilities, patience and enthusiasm are evident when she talks about riding or is riding. She received her Trainer License Level 1 in 2001 and her Level 2 in 2002. In 2004, she started teaching English riding lessons to 4H participants in Evansburg, Alberta, and was an examiner for several years. In 2008, Susanne started teaching riding lessons at Touchstone Farms located outside Mayerthorpe, Alberta and taught riders who came from Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe, Edson and surrounding areas. She currently operates a small breeding operation for Canadian Warmblood Horses on her farm located just outside of McKay, Alberta. This year, she will participate in dressage shows with her 6-year-old gelding Webster. Susanne is extremely proud to have received the 2013 EC/NCCP Coaching Award. Her future goal is to continue providing top notch coaching for both horse and rider so they may become one in a safe and happy riding environment. Her method is to train classical and keep the horse in the center of 18

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Janet Adams ENGLISH COACH 2 AWARD RECIPIENT

“Growing up on a horse farm in central Alberta gave me valuable experience with horses. I learned hands on how to care for and handle horses of all ages. I started my riding career in Pony Club, giving me valuable stable management knowledge. I started working with Crystal Kroetch in 2002, I got my Equine Canada Level 1 Coaching in 2005 and my Level 2 in 2007. Last summer my student, Tess Wise, qualified on two horses for the North American JR/YG Championships. I accompanied Tess to Kentucky where she competed on the Alberta/BC Team for Canada. I have done clinics for the Alberta JR/YG Riders. I have mentored riders in the Equine Canada coaching/ rider levels and I helped Tess Wise with the Green Program at Olds College. I enjoy supporting the Alberta show circuit at all levels. I further my coaching knowledge by riding with clinicians such as Ger Geetsen and Albrecht Heidemann, and of course my daily mentor Crystal Kroetch of Carousel Stables.”

Lorraine Hill

MASTER LEARNING FACILITATOR AWARD RECIPIENT

I am very honored to have been awarded the Equine Canada ProChaps award for Coaching Excellence as a Learning Facilitator for 2013. With a Bachelor of Education degree and 33+ years of teaching, the transition to coaching with a specialty in dressage was a natural transition when I retired in 2000. I have been a competitor in dressage in Alberta “forever” and transitioned to include combined driving a few years ago. As an Equine Canada judge in dressage and combined driving, I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with students through coaching opportunities. After retirement, I was able to commit time to

coaching private dressage lessons in the Lethbridge area. This soon transitioned into facilitating the NCCP coaching workshops and joining the EC English Coaching Evaluation team in Alberta. In 2011, I was named a Master Learning Facilitator for Alberta and continued to expand my training to facilitate many of the new EC coaching programs. A passion for teaching and coaching has become my second career. I continue to ride and drive always adding to my repertoire. Being able to work with riders and coaches builds an exciting future in equestrian sports.”

Irina Yastrebova ENGLISH COACH 1 AWARD RECIPIENT

“Since I have started riding, I have felt that I'm missing something. I was good, but not good enough. Being naturally athletic, I have learned how to stay on a horse and influence him to some extend. However, I saw how some riders were much better than me. What did they have that I didn't? Discovering Mary Wanless' work and attending a seminar that featured one of her students was a major breakthrough for me. All the pieces that I have tried to put together, all of a sudden, started coming together on their own and slowly the path of logical riding and training began to emerge. In 2007 I started working toward my coach certification from Equine Canada. In 2008 I have passed all the exams.


At the teaching portion of my assessment I was praised for my skills and encouraged to develop my career as a coach. I focus on the rider's seat and it's influence on a horse. I have a master's degree in biology and I have been studying the anatomy and biomechanics of horse and rider. Being in North America for 17 years, I have worked with instructors who emphasize correct seat before they ask students to perform more challenging tasks. I use the same approach in my teaching. This gives my students a chance to shift attention onto developing their feel, and learning how to listen to their horse. It lays a foundation for a beautiful partnership and trust between horse and rider.�

Kathleen Winfield DRIVE COACH PROGRAM AWARD RECIPIENT

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Kathleen Winfield is a local gal born in Calgary and has lived most of her life in rural Alberta. Horses have played a major role in her life throughout that time, participating in activities including gymkhana, competitive trail riding, reined cow horse, dressage and, for the last 20 years, carriage driving. Kathleen is an EC Nationally Certified Driving Coach as well as a Carriage Association of America Instructor. She currently teaches carriage driving and related skills throughout Alberta but does the bulk of her teaching at her Doubletree Driving Center near Millarville, AB. Kathleen works with all sizes of horses from miniature to draft and an assortment of configurations from single to 4-in-hand. Getting the Drive Instructor of Beginners program up and running has been and continues to be a high priority to Kathleen. She has chaired the Drive Coaching Committee for several years and is currently the chairperson for the Drive Regional Council of Equine Canada.

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He is one of the most influential artistic directors of the last century and he is Canada’s own, Normand Latourelle. Cavalia and Cirque du Soleil fans, recall Latourelle’s unmistakable ability to present a show that not only wows an audience, but also elevates people out of their seats onto a voyage to a magical place that is simply out of this world. In his last two major productions, horses have become the main element of his shows. In today’s high-tech society, these animals are relatively foreign to an urban crowd. But Latourelle feels that people somehow connect with horses, as they are a human’s connection to nature and our past. Standing in front of an 18-ton merrygo-round, inside the largest canvas tent ever built – Latourelle explains to the media how his latest show, ‘Odysseo’, is a journey to a world where true harmony exists between humans and horses. “We call it Odysseo, because it is an odyssey where man and horse go to discover the most beautiful landscape in the world,” explains Latouelle. Latourelle’s passion to create an epic 20

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and magical experience for his audiences is apparent in every element of Odysseo. As a result, the show is not only a magnificent spectacle of wondrous acrobatics and horse training. But as Latourelle points out, “It’s a tribute to humanity.” While a lot of Latourelle’s work involves flying acrobats, lights and dynamic stage elements – the horse he says was an unlikely element to his productions.“Coming from Cirque Du Soleil, I had a lot of hesitation before going into a show with horses. I first brought a horse to the show 20 years ago. I realized that people were paying more attention to the horse than to the show.” “For me, the horse is very natural and the speaker of nature.” For a lot of us, horses are the magical piece to our own puzzle. Latourell feels this is because a horse has been our partner throughout human history. As barn hands walk horses through the stables at Odysseo in Calgary, Latourelle smiles and says he feels that people have an inherant connection with the horse. “A hundred years ago if you didn’t have a horse, you were nothing. If you look back for over 5,000 years

it has been like that.“ “I think we have horses in our blood. When you witness a horse, you feel like you understand them. They are very beautiful, just the way they are. You don’t need to put them in costume, they go on stage – they are just fabulous.” Odysseo he says is a tribute or an ode to what the horse has helped man accomplish throughout the centuries. With a dramatic display of horsemanship and human fervor, Latourell’s work ultimately allows people to connect with their joyful inner spirit. “I think this is a moment of peace for the audience. After this show, you are in another planet.” In today’s age of urban sprawl, Latourelle senses everyone craves the connection to nature. To a lot of us, we know horses as our escape. According to Latourelle, having horses on his stage unravels human happiness. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, somehow horses are universally alluring. For an urban audience, Latourelle senses that most people are intuitively connected with horses. They have been our partners and

method of survival throughout our history and our kinship with their nature is clearly understood. Most people today are not aware of all the facets of a horse, however even urban audiences somehow instinctively sense that they can understand their personalities and vibes on stage. Liberty work is a very popular style of training and Latourelle feels this style of horsemanship allows for each horses to remain a horse. Not only are these horses on stage performing seemingly at their own will, but they also seem happy. “All the cues are done manually. At one point we have 30 horses on stage with no bit or saddle. The audience can see that the horses are happy and the people are happy.” Despite his massive shows involving countless hours of horse training and manpower, the message is contentment and joyfulness for all living creatures. Latourelle’s symbolic use of the horse to convey this message in Odysseo is energetically credible in every aspect of this epic production. “Enjoy looking at something beautiful,” Latourell smiles. AB A L B E RT A B I T S | S U M M E R 2 0 1 4

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ABOVE: Discipline and education are key at Willow Grove Stables. BELOW: The DeWinton, AB stable is welcoming but maintains a strong competitive presence.

Willow Grove Stable shines brightly in the heart of show jumping country. BY KELSEY SIMPSON

Established in the Millarville area in 1982, and then in DeWinton in 1984, Willow Grove Stables specializes in hunter, jumper, equitation and three-day eventing. The reins of this professional operation are held by Trish Mrakawa who has been the sole owner since the beginning. Mrakawa says that what makes her stables different from others in the area is the diversity of their programs. “We work with high performance athletes and we also teach beginner and novice riding lessons on school horses. We work with breeders and owners developing and marketing their horses, we have a working student program for those who are either economically challenged or interested in becoming a professional and we run a coach mentoring program”. Mrakawa believes that networking is the key to success in the Alberta show jumping industry and that being an AEF business member helps with that. She recently found her newest staff member from the AEF classified 22

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and the advertising has helped launch businesses like hers in the Alberta horse industry. As for Mrakawa, she says her greatest achievement is what she accomplishes as a coach. She has worked with over 150 people who are now considered professionals in the industry and she admits she enjoys seeing this transition. “I love coaching. I will coach any level. I love empowering people to be the best they can be – on and off the horse. Seeing people grow and develop gives me so much satisfaction.” For up and comers in the equine world Willow Grove Stables suggests, “Find a program that you feel is the right one for you. Be sure that the environment you want to grow and develop in matches with your core values.” They also have riding programs in the summer for beginners called Horsemanship Camps. For more advanced students they have Training Camps, and Coaching Camps for existing or future coaches. For more information, visit their website at www.willowgrovestables.com AB


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Biosecurity Concerns Implementation on an Equine Rescue Facility BY BILL desBARRES

In usual circumstances, the health of the horse is under the owner’s responsibility, however, in the case of rescue horses, there is no said owner to assure that horse’s well-being. Rescues play an important role in the lives of these horses, and function as a temporary owner working to improve the health and wellbeing of the horse, all the while providing it with a safe and nurturing environment. Rescue facilities get in a wide array of immunocomprimised horses including those that are stressed, sick, young, pregnant, old and/or injured. Rescue horses often come from abusive or neglectful environments. Stress in the animal is a natural byproduct that comes from living in such conditions, the act of transportation, and entering a foreign environment. As a direct consequence, high stress lowers the horse’s natural immunity, and decreases its ability to fight off disease. In order to adequately protect the health and wellbeing of an equine herd, horse facility, equine community and industry, there are certain biosecurity principles that must be instituted. The intentions behind a successful biosecurity program are to minimize disease transmission, remove disease-spreading pathways, and to increase disease resistance in susceptible animals. Such practices can be achieved through the use of routine vaccination, rapid and effective quarantine or isolation of new or diseased animals, animal movement and herd health monitoring, access control measures, facility cleanliness and personal hygiene. Despite good theory behind applying biosecurity practices, it is often difficult to implement recommended protocols at rescue facilities because of unknown equine medical histories, unsanitary conditions and continuous onsite traffic. Further, non-profit equine rescue facilities tend to struggle with insufficient resources to meet the increasing

demand for accepting, caring and placing horses in a loving home. Although having an up and running biosecurity program in place is important, the lack of excess cash-flow from the rescue organization can prove difficult when it comes time to install proper biosecurity protocols. Creating and implementing a biosecurity program is a multi-faceted approach. It first involves completing an on-site risk assessment of the rescue facility in order to get a clearer picture of where the current gaps in biosecurity are, and areas in which improvement should be focused. Following the risk assessment, the formulation of biosecurity protocols can be completed. Biosecurity protocols should include proper management practices, disease awareness, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and conscientious planning. SOPs are a fixed set of steps designed for carrying out a certain task or procedure, and SOPs of importance will generally include cleaning and disinfection, entering of horses onto the rescue facility, exiting of horses off of the rescue facility, quarantine, isolation, and proper personal hygiene. The final and likely most consequential step in the development and implementation of a biosecurity program is the willingness and participation of the rescue facility’s volunteers and staff benefitting not only the health and welfare of the horses on the property, but also the rescuers involved. Contact your veterinarian for more information on equine biosecurity. AEF regularly offers biosecurity workshops visit:

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With Spring finally here, you may be preparing yourself and your horse(s) for the show ring. We have been asked to clarify just how the AEF Insurance program works in the competitive arena.

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Does the AEF insurance policy cover members when they compete? ANSWER: There are two insurance products that are provided automatically to all members in good standing of the AEF: a) $5,000,000 personal liability insurance covering the member for bodily injury or property damage claims that might be brought against them for an action caused by an owned, leased or borrowed horse. The coverage is in force WORLDWIDE and so, no matter where the AEF member goes, they are covered. At a horse show, if the horse kicked someone or got away and caused damage to non-owned property and a legal action was launched, the member can rely on the insurer to respond, defend as necessary and pay damages. b) $30,000 Accident, Death or Dismemberment (AD&D) covering the member for serious injury arising from an equine activity. This policy is also in force anywhere in the world and that includes while training for or participating in a horse show. The policies above cover you at / for any number of shows you may attend and covers what could go wrong at many competitive activities (some exclusions apply, please contact Capri Insurance for more information).

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Wendy Nelson Wendy Nelson is an AEF member originally from Breton, Alberta, currently running her own training and breeding facility just outside of Cochrane. Nelson specializes in western performance horses, mainly focusing on reining and actively competing throughout Canada, the U.S. and even Europe. BY KELSEY SIMPSON

I STARTED RIDING WHEN I WAS SEVEN. I remember crying for a horse to my Dad for months before he surprised me one night when he led a black Welsh pony with a half Arab foal by her side up the barn boulevard. Her name was Midnight and I called the foal, Flash. I trained Flash when she was 3-years-old to have myself a really nice cow pony to ride for many years to come. I was very fortunate to have grown up on a big cattle ranch so my weekends and afterschool evenings were spent riding around the fields, down through the creeks and through the forests. My brothers and sisters and I would play ‘Gunsmoke’ chasing each other and always meeting up under the old willow at the end of the driveway. That was the saloon. AS A TEENAGER, I WOULD RIDE FOR HOURS all by myself singing my heart out as loud as I could, pretending I was a famous country singer. “I Wish I Was a Teddy Bear” by Barbara Fairchild was my favourite. My poor horse; when I think about it now and how my voice sounds, I don’t think I was really very good. I knew from a very young age I wanted to be a horse trainer. To this day, after almost 30 years of training, I enjoy getting up and sitting in the saddle all day training or sharing my knowledge with other riders. My parents tried to talk me into being a nurse like my sisters or a teacher, but I was determined to go to Olds College and take the Equine Program. It was the best decision of my life. I then went on to Texas A&M University and took my advanced breeding management, as well as other professional development courses, which applied to the horse industry like the Equine Canada Coaching program and the National Reining Horse Association Judges School to become a NRHA certified judge. MY DAUGHTERS Alexis, who is a licensed land agent, and Alanna, a student, both rode and competed when they were younger. Alanna has just started riding again. She’s a very talented rider and she’s beautiful to watch. Being 48, my goals for the future are to stay fit with dry land training so I will be able to train and ride as long as possible and I hope I can keep learning so I can still make a difference in the lives of my horses, customers and the industry. I mountain bike and do TRX training to stay strong. It also helps with my mental health. I have overused some muscles from training all these years so strengthening other areas of the body to support those is really important. I’m thankful my husband is also a chiropractor; his work keeps me healthy as well. I love all music, even a little Eminem. I like his life story, his passion for singing got him through. I LOVE REINING because of its level of horsemanship - it’s hard to go back once you start. From the intense skills to the mental strategies, I love it 30

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all. To me, a reining horse is completely trained – body and mind. When a reining pattern is executed successfully it’s like watching figure skating, pleasing to the eye and exciting to watch. This year I have a really nice 4-year-old mare by Easy Otie Whiz I trained and showed last year to show in the open division as well as a couple of really cool 3-year-olds for the fall futurities. My team and I will be showing at all the Silver Slate series shows, NRHA Classic shows, Reining Alberta South Branch shows and one stateside show in Montana. My favorite mentors are Duane Latimer, Craig Johnston and Andrea Fappani. I also loved working with Teddy Robinson in a cow horse clinic, he is a great individual and horseman. A horse I’d like to swing a leg over would be either Hollywood Jac 86 or Gunner. But I would have to say another horse would be Einsteins Revolution, not just because of his NRHA accomplishments and reputation but because his grand dam, Navajos Image, was one my best broodmares over the years and I was also the breeder of his dam, Fly Flashy Jac. THE AEF HAS A GREAT TEAM that offers knowledge and support in many avenues of the industry here in Alberta. From the recreational level to the highest of the competition level there is something for everyone. As a coach, they have provided me with advertising and promotion for my business, courses for my professional development, insurance to protect myself and my business, and have helped me generate business through my teaching, coaching and judging. The first step for a rider who wants to get into reining would be to research out a reputable certified reining coach with lots of credibility. A coach with these characteristics would guide them in the right direction. The AEF provides this information. AFTER 30 YEARS OF WORKING ALL OVER CANADA and Europe, I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have worked with and learned from some of the industry’s finest horseman; bred, owned, trained and shown some of reining’s top horses; as well as having met the nicest and most important people in my life. Thirty years of knowledge, success, friendships and excitement and I owe it all to the horse. THERE WERE TIMES THROUGH THE YEARS where I had to tighten my belt, but I found during tough financial times customers would always give up something else before they would give up their horse. I’ve told many young people that when searching for a career to find one they love because not only do you have to do it for a long time, but you can make money at any job if you work hard and are passionate about it. Surround yourself with positive people and the best in your field - that’s the secret. AB


Alberta Bits - Summer 2014  

The Official Magazine of the Alberta Equestrian Federation

Alberta Bits - Summer 2014  

The Official Magazine of the Alberta Equestrian Federation