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President s Message Spring is traditionally a very busy time for our sport and industry — this spring is proving no exception. In March we held an inaugural Dressage High-Performance Summit for the purposes of creating a long-term plan for the future of Dressage in Canada. The Summit drew renowned sport administrators and athletes from across North America and even Britain, as well as support team members, dressage committee members, owners and sponsors. With the assistance of a top-notch facilitator, there were many vigorous and engaging discussions, and debates on the future of dressage in Canada. Following the Summit, we are now creating an implementation plan to make our goals a reality — this plan will be shared with the entire dressage community. Ironically, while we were busy creating a new roadmap for our sport, riders and Olympic teams, we learned the FEI Dressage Committee was writing new Olympic qualification procedures that could very easily see Canada not qualify for Olympic Games competition. Similar changes are being proposed for eventing, which are not as significant, but still give us reason for concern. We’re working very diligently with other countries in the Americas to propose an alternative, more equitable solution. (If you would like to read more on this issue, please visit the Sports News section of our web site.) I was very pleased to represent Canada at the first Caribbean Children’s Jumper Championship in Wellington, Florida. As many of you know, Canada is a member of the FEI Group IV which consists of Canada, the United States and the non-Spanish speaking Caribbean Islands. One of the responsibilities for Canada and the U.S. is to help develop our sport on the islands. It is virtually impossible for young riders on the Islands to ship their horses to other countries. However, an idea to overcome this obstacle finally came to fruition this year which saw the top 14- to 18-year-old jumper riders travel to Florida where they were provided borrowed horses for three days of competition in the international ring at Wellington. Young U.S. riders competed with the Caribbean riders, but unfortunately we were not able to provide any Canadian horses or riders as those that had been competing had left for the season.

The Caribbean riders had a competition that I am sure they will remember for a lifetime! The Wellington competition organization (led by Michael Stone) and the United States Equestrian Federation (led by Christine Tauber), provided incredible hospitality for the international visitors, including a stable tour, a reception at the International Dressage competition, and a Grand Prix course walk with designer Michel Vaillancourt. This was a great event and hopefully Canadian riders can participate next year if the competition date falls a little earlier. There is an opportunity to offer a similar type of competition in the discipline of dressage. I would like to throw out a challenge to the Canadian dressage community to consider hosting a 14- to 18-year-old invitational on borrowed horses. If you would like more information on either of these projects, please feel free to contact me. Michael Gallagher, President, Equine Canada equinecanada equinecanada April April||May May2013 2013 5


Spruce Meadows Earns Top Spot in NARG Rankings For the third year in a row, famed show jumping venue Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB, has been voted host of the top tournament in North America by the North American Riders Group (NARG). The world-renowned venue was assessed on various criteria including footing in the rings, prize money, stabling, attendance, course designs, technical aspects, organization and media coverage. NARG noted that of the 1,300 tournaments eligible for consideration, none support high performance sport to the same degree as Spruce Meadows, whose tournaments not only focus on providing a high standard of competition, but also provide athletes from around the globe the opportunity to obtain world ranking points. “Spruce Meadows is honoured to be recognized by NARG,” said Ian Allison, Spruce Meadows Senior Vice-President, Media. “We take the award, the compliments, the NARG critique, and the suggestions for improvement very

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seriously. We constantly strive to improve our product. It is clear others do as well, judging by the quality and noted improvements of a number of North American tournaments. The NARG evaluation has become a very important and credible benchmark in our sport.” Other Canadian venues recognized on the NARG ‘Top 25’ list for their outstanding tournaments include Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC , which ranked third overall, the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON, which ranked 10th and L’International Bromont, which ranked 20th. Spruce Meadows will host a total of 46 FEI World Ranking competitions in 2013, held over five weeks of jumping during their summer series in June and July. This includes the new Furusiyya Nations’ Cup qualifier, two $400,000 grand prix events, three World Cup Qualifiers, and a new 1.45m derby series.


Jump Canada Hunter Classic Series Returns Jump Canada will once again be putting hunter riders in the spotlight with the return of the Jump Canada Hunter Classic Series. A total of 10 classes will be held at various venues across Canada during the 2013 season. Each Hunter Classic will offer a minimum of $5,000 in prize money and will feature two rounds of competition with open scoring. The top 10 riders will return for the second round, where scores will be added together to decide the final placing. Each of the qualifying competitions will be able to run in one of four formats: a Pony Classic, a 3’ Junior/Amateur Classic, a 3’ Open Classic or a 3’6” Open Classic. Rider requirements for the Jump Canada Hunter Classic will be available in each competition’s prize list and will be based on which type of classic is being offered. » Caledonia Classic, AB – May 20 » Thunderbird Canadian Premier, BC – May 22-26

» Concours hippiques du Parc, QC – June 5-9 » Cedar Run Classic, ON – July 3-7 » International Bromont, QC – July 17-21 » Heart of the Continent, MB – August 1-4 » Jump with Hope with Kids with Cancer, AB – August 1-4 » Rocky Mountain Classic I, AB – August 7-11 » Angelstone National Phase 2, ON – August 28 – September 1 » EMG Autumn Classic, ON – September 12-15 More information about the Jump Canada Hunter Classic Series can be found on the Jump Canada website.

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Ainsley Vince and Freida Photo © Cealy Tetley

Profiling Ainsley Vince, 2013 Canadian Show Jumping Team Short List Member


insley Vince of Burlington, ON, didn’t come from a horsey background, but that didn’t stop this talented rider from making her way to the top of the sport. She got her start early, quickly becoming one of Canada’s premier equitation and hunter riders. She capped off her impressive junior career with the CEF Medal and Hunt Seat Equitation Championship at the 1994 Royal Horse Show, as well as a second place finish in the prestigious AHSA Maclay Medal Final at the 1994 National Horse Show in New York City. 8

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“I honestly don’t really remember how old I was when I first started riding,” said Vince, now 36. “My mom has a picture of me riding a pony in a snowsuit when I was three. I used to drive them crazy because every time I saw a horse, or even a picture of one, I was always quite adamant that I should be riding one!” That passion has served Vince well. In 1995, at just 18 years of age, she was short listed to the Canadian Show Jumping Team for the first time. In addition to numerous Nations’ Cup appearances, she has gone on to represent Canada proudly at the 2000, 2003 and 2004 World Cup Finals.


Much of her early grand prix success can be attributed to her incredible partnership with Catch 22, a Dutch Warmblood gelding she purchased in 1996 from twotime U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward. Less than three years into their partnership, they topped the 1999 Pan American Games Selection Trials and travelled to Winnipeg, MB, as the team alternate. It is because of the strong bond she develops with all of her horses that Vince has continued to remain atop the show jumping scene. “I have been really fortunate to develop the horses I’m riding and, in turn, been able to develop with them,” explained Vince. “When you see the results and you see them improving every day, it’s a really wonderful feeling. Watching them go from young horses into top grand prix contenders makes it a very rewarding experience from beginning to end.” Vince is currently competing with a number of upand-coming horses, including Frieda, a 12-year-old Sachsen-Anhaltiner mare owned by the KMA Group. Together they have earned an impressive number of top 10 finishes in grand prix events throughout North America. “I’ve been riding her since she was five,” said Vince of Frieda. “She was originally imported for Eric Lamaze, whom I was working with at the time. I was going every day to ride her in quarantine and fell in love. I had just sold my top horse Uno, and the same syndicate that had owned him was interested in purchasing another horse. I’ve been extremely lucky to have so many wonderful owners willing to invest in me, and to have help from Enda Carroll at Ashford Farms in Belgium with finding fantastic young horses.” It was another syndicate, the Darling Group, which invested in Vince’s other top grand prix prospect, Darling. Since their grand prix debut last season, the pair have already proven their partnership, placing fourth in the $50,000 Grand Prix during the Angelstone National III and second in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Rockwood at the CSI2* Angelstone International, both held in Rockwood, ON. “She’s very scopey and very brave,” said Vince of the nine-year-old Westphalian mare. “We’re really taking the time to develop her properly and, so far, with everything we’ve asked of her, she’s been fantastic. It’s been a few years since I’ve had a group of horses of this caliber and I’m very excited about it.”

Vince operates Linden Ridge Limited in her hometown of Burlington, and has enjoyed tremendous support from her family including her parents, Don and Marsie, and her two younger sisters, Courtney and Sydney. “I’m not sure my parents really knew what they were getting into when they let me start riding,” laughed Vince. “They’re out at the stables every weekend now and have even bought a few horses of their own. My retired horses have become my mom’s new babies. They’ve been very supportive and I couldn’t be more thankful.” She continued, “I think they thought it was a good way to keep me and my sisters out of trouble. Both of them followed me into the sport. While other kids were heading to the mall, we were heading to the barn. It really taught us to focus and how to maintain a great work ethic, even when things aren’t always as easy as you’d like them to be. I don’t think my parents ever imagined things would go this far – but I’m sure they’re glad they did.” Vince has provided some large footsteps to fill for her two younger sisters, but both have risen to the challenge. Courtney, 33, now lives and competes successfully in Europe while Sydney, 30, is making a name for herself alongside Vince in North America. In addition to her successful riding career, Vince is also helping develop future stars of the sport. She has been named the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association (OHJA) Jumper Trainer of the Year for the past three years running and is now returning to her own equitation roots through her coaching. She guided student Ashlee Steffen to victory in the Jump Canada Medal Final at the 2012 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and plans to continue to mentor students in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. “I’m a really big fan of equitation,” explained Vince. “It gives students the tools they need to compete successfully as either a hunter or jumper. If you’re a good equitation rider, you’ll shine no matter what ring you step into. I really feel good equitation is part of the basics that every coach should be teaching.” That philosophy has been proven true by the success Vince has enjoyed, both as an athlete and as a coach. Her success is sure to continue both inside the ring and out in the years to come. equinecanada April | May 2013 9


Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2 Lauren Barwick and Off to Paris

Madison Lawson and McGuire

Robyn Andews and Fancianna

Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus Lynne Poole and Vasco E

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Canada Wins

Para-Equestrian Team Championship at 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*


he Canadian Para-Equestrian Team kickedoff their 2013 season with a big win at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3* this March. Not only were they victorious in the team competition, but the Canadians riders also won 10 of the 15 classes offered at the international competition which was held at the lovely Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, March 14-17, in Wellington, FL. Using the combined scores from the Team test and Individual Championship test, Canadians Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock, Lynne Poole and Jody Schloss won the team competition with a total of 399.598%, while the host nation, the United States, finished second with 373.422%. In individual competition, Schloss of Toronto, ON, won all three of her Grade 1a classes riding Inspector Rebus, her 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. The 10

pair received 63.913% for their Team test, 65.362% for the Individual Championship test and 69.000% in the Freestyle. Also competing in Grade 1a was Robyn Andrews of St. Johns, NL, riding her horse Fancianna, a 12-year-old Warmblood mare. The pair finished in second place in all of their tests, scoring 63.116% in the team test, 64.130% in the Individual Championship test and 65.500% Freestyle score. Riding Lauren Barwick’s 14-year-old Oldenburg mare, Ferdonia 2, Gowanlock, of Surrey, BC, also won all three of the Grade 1b tests - Team Test (65.200%), Individual Championship test (67.011%), and Freestyle 68.417%. Team veteran Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, rode Equine Canada’s 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, to top scores in Grade II over the three days earning 68.922% in the Team test, 69.190% in the Individual Championship test, and 68.667% in the Freestyle, also winning all three classes.


“We are isolating movements we need to improve on - separating them from everything else so that we can work on them and then put the tests back together. This is a challenge for me, because I love the big picture, and with such focus on some of the other movements, we lose some of the portions of the tests we usually excel in,” said Barwick who is also a Parelli 4 Star Professional and a 2008 Paralympic gold and silver medalist. “Being the first international competition since London, it felt fairly low stress. I am really looking forward to preparing the mare for the 2014 World Equestrian games. “I was also very excited to have Ferdonia 2 back in the arena after an injury last year. She has been back in training for only the past four months, and I was thrilled with her scores. I am looking forward to getting her back to her brilliant self,” added Barwick. In Grade VI Team test, Lynne Poole of Schomberg, ON, finished in first (64.048%), riding Vasco E, her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, and fifth riding Frisbee, her 21-year-old Welsh gelding. Madison Lawson of Bonfield, ON, rode her horse McGuire, her 18-yearold Canadian Sport Horse gelding, to third place with 63.016%. In the Individual Championship test, Poole and Vasco E placed third, scoring 64.524%. Poole and her second horse Frisbee were fifth, while Lawson and McGuire moved up to second with 64.960%. Lawson and McGuire also placed second in the Grade VI Freestyle, scoring 68.667%, while Poole and Vasco E were third with 67.167%. With Frisbee, Poole rounded out the Canadian entries with a score of 65.250% for fourth place. “I am pleased with how this competition went,” said acting chef d’équipe and national team coach Andrea Taylor. “It is the first time I’ve seen some of the riders compete since London, and the judges weren’t giving any marks away just because the sun was shining. Some obvious mistakes were made but on the whole the riders came out and got on with the job. I was really pleased by the quality of the coaching the Canadian riders are receiving from their personal coaches. This is a huge step forward for Para-Equestrian Dressage in Canada.” This competition in Florida was made possible through the Own the Podium program, a national sport technical initiative designed to help Canada’s summer and winter athletes achieve podium success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Para-Equestrian Canada Announces First Round of Competition Grant Funding for 2013 Para-Equestrian Canada, in partnership with Sport Canada, encourages the participation of riders with a disability to participate in competition through a grant program. As part of this project, therapeutic riding centres offering new competitive opportunities or expand their existing competition program to riders with a disability, are eligible to receive a grant of up to $500. After the first series of the 2013 season came to a close, a total of three grants of $500 each were awarded to the following centres: • TEAD (The Equestrian Association for the Disabled), Mount Hope, ON • Mission Therapeutic Riding, Mission, BC • Ambleside Farm, Victoria, BC The grant program, introduced in 2008, has awarded more than 54 grants over the past five years to Canada’s therapeutic riding centres. Some examples of how the grants have assisted with the introduction of riders to para-equestrian sport include: support for visually and hearing-impaired riders; funding for a fun school show; subsidies for riders to participate in competition; and a new computer to assist with the video competition submission process. The deadline to submit an application for the second series in 2013 is July 15, 2013. Centres interested in applying may do so by visiting the Para-Equestrian website at If you have any questions related to this project or any other Para-Equestrian Canada initiatives, please contact us at or (613) 287–1515 ext. 143.

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| SPORT | Riding her Olympic partner, the Canadian-bred Riddle Master, Rebecca Howard finished in sixth place in the CICO 3* division at Fontainebleau, FRA, held March 21–24, 2013.

“Riddle Master was super all week,” said Howard, who is now based at Maizey Manor in Marlborough, England. “He is turning into such a professional. After a winter of training with new people and getting my bearings in a new country, it feels really good to go out and have a successful and confident competition against a strong field. “Riddle Master feels great and I am trying my best to soak up as much as I can from the people and sport over here to keep improving,” she added. The CICO 3* division was won by the reigning Olympic and World Equestrian Games gold medalist Michael Jung of Germany.

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Canadian Eventers Turning in Strong Performances Rebecca Howard Finishes in Top Six at Fontainebleau, France Canadian Olympian Rebecca Howard rode her Olympic partner Riddle Master to a sixth place finish in the CICO 3* division at Fontainebleau, FRA, held March 21–24, 2013. Riddle Master, a 12-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by Blithe Hill Farm, and Howard, originally of Salmon Arm, BC, were awarded 41.0 penalties for a personal best dressage test. The pair then added 5.2 cross country time and one rail for four jumping penalties to finish with a score of 50.2 for sixth place overall out of 78 entries. 12

In North America over the March 21–24 weekend, Canadian eventers attended Poplar Place Farm March CIC 2* and CIC 1* International Horse Trials in Hamilton, GA. Olympian Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON, rode A Little Romance, Don Leschied’s eight-year-old Thoroughbred-cross gelding, to fifth place in the CIC 2* division finishing on a score of 72.80. Kyle Carter of Calgary, AB, riding FR’s Trust Fund, the rider’s seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, finished in eighth place, while Phoenix placed 11th riding Executive Decision, the rider’s eight-yearold Dutch Warmblood-cross mare. In the CIC 1* division, Lauren Clark, 17, of Uxbridge, ON, rode her own eight-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred mare, Coolumn XV, to sixth place overall. The duo added only four jumping penalties to their dressage score of 54.10 to finish with a final score of 58.10. Tenth place went to Jamie Kellock, 18, of Cedar Valley, ON, riding her own eight-yearold Canadian Thoroughbred mare, Don’t Blink, with a score of 65.30. Rounding out the top twelve in the CIC 1* division was Stephanie Calvert of Carp, ON, riding Denver, the rider’s 11-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding, with a final score of 68.60. Complete results can be viewed at the individual show websites.


Dressage Canada High-Performance Summit a Great Step-Forward for the Sport

The future of dressage in Canada is on a pathway to greater success thanks to a high-performance planning summit which saw more than 50 stakeholders gather to identify program strategies to grow the sport and ultimately, the number of podium-level performances at the international level. The summit, held March 11–12 during winter competitions in Wellington, Florida, included Olympic and Pan American Team riders, up-and-coming riders, horse owners, Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) officials, event organizers, committee members, coaches and staff. Two-days of extremely positive sessions saw all attendees committing to moving forward together for the betterment of the sport. Facilitated by Peter Davis, PhD, an expert in highperformance strategic planning, the summit captured program, development, fundraising and leadership ideas from each of the stakeholder groups. Programs were ranked in order of priority and now it will be up to Equine Canada and Dressage Canada to review all the priorities and feedback collected to build an operational plan to carry out the delivery and implementation.

Summit Discussion Topics 1. Youth, prospects and building teams for long term success

4. Athlete Management • Training plans

• Observation and assessment • Evaluations, performance metrics • Integrated support team/training environment 5. High Performance Targets and Evaluations • Immediate, short term, long term targets for programs

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• Team building • Liaison to youth programming (DC & external) 2. Tours, competitions and international credibility • Selecting the “right” competitions • Timing for tours (NA/Europe) • Building credible performances 3. Resource Acquisition & Sustainability • Horses acquisition and maintenance • Other resources needed and how to acquire them

Members of Canada’s bronze medal winning team from 1988, Cindy Ishoy, Gina Smith, Ashley Holzer and Eva Maria Pracht attended the Summit.

6. Building Relationships • Earning and retaining respect • Communications 7. Leadership • What is “leadership”? • General leadership • Technical leadership A full report on the summit can be downloaded from the Dressage Canada website. equinecanada April | May 2013 13







1) Christilot Boylen and Gachino 2) Christilot Boylen, Photo Š Marco Chiesa 3) Christilot Boylen and Biraldo 2 4) Christilot Boylen at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal 5) (L to R) Christilot Boylen, Eva-Maria Pracht, Georgian Cornell, Cindy Ishoy, and Gina Smith, Photo Š Howard H. Rosenber 6) Christilot Boylen and Armagnac in the Individual Dressage Event at Nymphenberg Palace, outside of Munich, at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games




Getting To Know...Christilot Boylen

A Life of Elegance, Passion and Excellence

Christilot Boylen was recognized as the Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for February for her outstanding results riding Dio Mio (De Niro x Charmeur), and Hudson 18 (Hohenstein), both owned by Jill Irving and Windhaven.

in both the Intermediaire 1 and Intermediaire Kur with scores of 73% and 75% respectively. It is also noteworthy that Boylen and Hudson 18 claimed first place in the concurrent CDI3* Prix St. George and Intermediaire 1.

Born in Indonesia in 1947, Boylen bought her first horse at the young age of 10 with savings she earned performing on the famous children’s television program, “The Howdie Doodie Show”. She trained her first Olympic mount, Bonheur, herself and at just 17 years of age, received special permission to compete for Canada in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. She has since been named to seven Olympic Teams, including the 1980 Alternate Olympics and the 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1992 games. She has the distinction of earning individual gold medals at the 1971, 1975 and 1987 Pan American Games, making her the only athlete to achieve three individual gold medals in Pan Am history. Boylen has also earned the title of Canadian National Dressage Champion a record seven times. Boylen has been a force to be reckoned with on the Florida circuit this past season with both Dio Mio and Hudson 18. Based in Germany, she decided to compete in Florida over the winter after discussions with Canadian owner Jill Irving and Windhaven. Florida offers good training opportunities by running concurrent national and international competition. “It optimizes training schedules and schooling opportunities for young horses,” she explains. The success of Boylen’s training schedule has clearly been effective as supported by scores in the 70’s. She plans to return to Germany later this spring to enjoy a short break before the summer competition season begins in Europe.

Despite her recent competitive successes, Boylen says she resists planning too far ahead and has no current plans to represent Canada at upcoming major games. A major games decision should be a “fairly short term decision based on horse performance” she contends; about six months before an event one should know if their horse is going well enough and setting up to be competitive at the right time, she explains. When asked about more immediate competition goals, she says it’s really about the training process. “You just do as best you can each time you go out, take the knowledge and refine and refine, but you can only plan for so much,” she says, alluding to the ever-present aspect of the unexpected when dealing with horses. As she brings each horse along she considers the training as a learning process, refining the routine each time. Information gained from each trip out is used to try and optimize the next competition experience. She also emphasizes the team effort that is required for success in the competition arena — the horse, rider, grooms — all play a valuable role. This advice is well worth considering since she was the highest placed North American rider at the 1984 Olympics. Boylen’s highest place finish at the Olympic Games came in the Montreal in 1976, where she earned a seventh place finish individually and was a member of the fifth-place team for Canada.

The recent success of Dio Mio follows a rest season for the young horse, as he was off work in 2011 and part of 2012 due to an injury. He returned to light work in the fall of 2012 and has recovered nicely as his scores in competition reflect. Dio’s top score in February was 73.375%, which was the winning score in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle.

The seasoned competitor attended Dressage Canada’s High Performance Summit this past March, and was an active contributor to the discussions on strategies for optimizing Canada’s high performance results in international competition. “It was a great step forward, there seems to be unity and a desire for change in the dressage community”, reports Boylen. “I hope to see the great plans and ideas put forward at the Summit carry through to successes for our high performance athletes.”

Boylen and Dio Mio were part of the Canadian contingent at the CDIO3* Wellington Nation’s Cup this April. The event was a great success for Christilot and Dio Mio, placing first

Given her impressive performances this winter, it looks promising for Christilot to once again be riding for Canada at an upcoming major games. equinecanada April | May 2013 15


Horse Show Checklist With the competition season upon us, it’s time to get your show trunk and all the rest of your show gear organized and ready to hit the road. There is nothing worse for your nerves than getting to the event and realizing a critical piece of tack, clothing, equipment or set-up gear has been forgotten or is in disrepair. Back by popular demand is our annual Horse Show Checklist* — we recommend you tear it out and place it in a prominent spot in the tack room. Have a terrific show season — be safe and have fun. And, if you have time, send us a photo of you competing in your favourite class!


General Performance

Breed Sport — photocopy of registration papers and associated memberships (e.g. Arabian — AHA) Cheques / wallet / ID / credit card Emergency telephone numbers Equine Canada Rule Book(s) and Breed / Association rules books Health certificate, negative EIA certificate, other required veterinary information Horse Passport (Equine Canada or FEI) Membership cards (Equine Canada Sport Licence and provincial equestrian federation) Proof of insurance Show prizelist information Test References (dressage, eventing, reining) Veterinarian phone number

For Travel Emergency phone numbers in case of breakdown Extra halter Extra hay *The list is not meant to be exhaustive. 16

Hay bag Head bumper Jack for trailer and spare tire Lead ropes Leather or breakaway halters Manure fork Map / GPS Proof of annual truck and trailer safety certificates (if required) Shipping boots or wraps Stable sheet Tail bag / wrap Tail bandage Ties Trailer first-aid kit Plenty of stored water for horse(s), buckets

For You Pain reliever, Band-Aids™ Beverages and snacks Blanket Camera Cell phone Comfortable clothes / shoes for after competition Folding chairs Work gloves Grooming apron or overalls Hat or cap Lint remover Money (cash for canteens) Safety pins and sewing kit Shoe polish Sun block

Trailer safety check (every year)


Trailer ties


Truck and trailer registration / ownership

Warm up clothes

Water pail and jug (long distances)

Rain gear

Rubber boots


For Your Horse Approved martingales or other auxiliary tack

Folding mounting block


Grooming tote

Hair net / hair accessories

Hoof dressing / polish

Helmet or hat (depending on discipline)


Hoof pick

Breast plate, as needed



Leather cleaner

Cinches / girths

Leather hole punch

Drinking water and bucket


Halter and lead line, plus a spare

Medical kit

Hay / hay net, other feed

Miracle Groom (Green spot remover)

Horse blanket and cooler (optional)


Legwear (for warm-up, as well as show-ring, as dictated by your discipline)

Ribbons for mane (saddle seat)

Lunge line and lunge whip (optional)


Saddle pads Saddles Spare stirrups and leathers Stall guard and screw eyes (if you’re boarding overnight) Stud chain (optional) Treats Whip / crop

For Grooming Braiding kit / banding supplies Brushes, curries Buckets Clean towels Coat polish / show sheen Cordless clippers Face glow, hair gel (fly aways) Fly sheet and Mask Fly spray

Rags Saddle cleaner and polish / Silver polish

Jeans or show pants Mirror Show shirt Spurs Tie / pin / scarf / choker / bolo tie Underpasses (saddle seat) Arabian Native Costume pieces: blanket, breast plate, head stall / bridle, pants, coat, head dress, shoes, gloves

Show stall set-up

Screw driver

Bridle / saddle racks / hooks

Shampoo / conditioner / detangler


Sponges and rags


Spray bottle (for water)


Stapler (stall front decorating)

Saddle racks

Sweat scraper

Shovel / fork

Tape / electrical tape

Stall curtains

Buckets / two-way clips

Stall guards

Show Apparel Belt / buckle

Wheel barrel Stall signage with emergency contact information

Boot polish Boot pulls and jack Boot socks Boots Breeches / jodhpurs Chaps (half or full) Coat, jacket or vest Earrings and necklace (western) / make up equinecanada equinecanada April April||May May2013 2013 17






ith show season upon us, and nice weather finally arriving, chances are you have given your horse his or her annual spring makeover, provided your tack with extra love, and inventoried both human and equine clothing and equipment. But, have you forgotten one of the most important fair-weather preparations?

Bringing Your Trailer Back to Life

Whether you are competing locally, nationally, or internationally, or meeting up with friends for a trail ride, chances are you and your trailer will be logging miles on the road this season. Therefore, it’s vitally important to ensure that your four-legged friend is stepping onto a trailer that is safe, secure, and as comfortable as possible. With that in mind, here are some factors to consider before you load your horse and hit the road.

In a typical “back to life” servicing of your trailer, you or our mechanic should do the following.


If your trailer has been dormant all winter, there are multiple steps that need to be taken to get it road- ready again. If you are confident in your abilities, you can perform them yourself. Otherwise, take your trailer to an automotive shop (ideally one that is experienced in working with horse trailers) for professional servicing.

1. Do a visual inspection of the exterior and interior of the trailer to check for structural damage, extensive rust, and other damage or extreme wear. Pay extra attention to the floor, structural beams, and undercarriage.


2. Remove all of the tires, as well as the hubs/brake drums. Inspect the brake linings, drums, and armature faces for scoring, damage, or extensive wear. Also check to make sure the oil/grease seals are free from damage, nicks, and wear. 3. Use an ohmmeter to get a reading on the brake magnets (which should be 3.2 ohms). 4. Apply a high-temperature brake lubricant to all of the moving brake parts, but be extremely careful not to get any on the brake linings or the magnet face. 5. Use a crocus cloth or piece of fine emery paper to gently remove rust from the braking surface and the drum armature surface. 6. Inspect the suspension system for damage and wear. 7. Test the major trailer bolts (including shackle, hanger, and U-bolts) to make sure they are on par with the recommended torque values of your particular trailer model. Once the initial inspection and servicing is complete, the next step is to hook the trailer up to the tow vehicle and make sure that the hitch locks onto the ball correctly. After the trailer is properly hooked up, it is essential that you check to make sure the ball mount has the correct drop so that the trailer will travel completely level. This is crucial because if a trailer’s level is off, it won’t tow properly, is more likely to sway or swing, will cause the tires to wear unevenly, and creates a much higher chance of the hitch popping off the ball, resulting in the trailer becoming detached from the tow vehicle. It’s also harder for a horse to travel in a trailer that isn’t level, as it makes it difficult for them to keep their balance. If you have to replace the hitch, you will need to make sure that the new one is rated to match the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of the trailer. For example, a trailer with a GVWR of 5,000 pounds needs to be paired with a hitch that is rated for 5,000 pounds. Also keep in mind that all parts of the hitch (including the ball and the ball mount) must have the same rating because it’s a case of “the whole only being as strong as its parts.”

Pre-Trip Trailer Inspection Regardless if you are hooking up your trailer for the first time this year, or you have been using it regularly, before each trip (whether it’s just down the road or across the country) you should double-check the following.

Lights Test your trailer’s lights to make sure they are in good working order. Make sure that you inspect and test every light on the trailer. This includes brake lights, turn signals, perimeter lights, and running lights.

Tires Inspect the actual tires for wear, dry rot, and other damage of any kind. Regardless of actual mileage, trailer tires should be replaced every three to five years. Check the tire pressure. Make sure you include the inside tire on dual wheels, and the spare. Check the wheel bearings. They should be serviced annually (or approximately every 20,000 kilometres) and a spare set of bearings should be kept on board.

Brakes Depending on the size of trailer, and the specific motor vehicle regulations in your province, you could have either two-wheel or four-wheel brakes, and they may be electric, surge, or hydraulic. The inspection and testing process can differ depending on what type of brakes you have, so if you aren’t confident in your knowledge of the correct process for your specific type of brakes, be sure to enlist the help of someone who is qualified. If you have a breakaway brake (a device typically found on the coupler of the trailer, which works independently of other brake systems and is only activated if the trailer becomes free of the tow vehicle), it needs to be inspected and tested to ensure it is connected properly before each trip. You should also make sure the device’s battery is fully charged and you have packed an extra battery (also fully charged). equinecanada April | May 2013 19


Hitch This may seem obvious, but it’s often the big things that are the easiest to overlook, so always double—or even triple-check—that the hitch is locked onto the ball properly. Inspect the hitch to be sure it is properly lubricated. Always use safety chains (aka safety cables). Their purpose is to prevent the trailer from becoming detached from the tow vehicle if the hitch should somehow come off the ball. Before the trailer ever leaves the property, you need to make sure the safety chains are connected properly. If your trailer is a tagalong, they should be attached to the frame-mounted hitch. On gooseneck hitches, they should be attached to the frame of the tow vehicle. In terms of length, the safety chains should not touch the ground, but they do need to be long enough to allow the trailer to turn without becoming tight and pulling.

Electrical Components Horse trailers are generally equipped with electrical components that control electric brakes, as well as the trailer’s exterior and interior lights and turn signals. Inspect all wires, connectors, and any other electrical components for disconnections, fraying, rust, and any other type of wear or damage.

Additional Safety Considerations Always check the fluid levels of the tow vehicle before leaving. Towing can often put additional stress on the transmission, brakes, and radiator, so it’s extra important to keep these fluids at the correct level. If your trailer hasn’t been used recently, check the interior closely to make sure you and your horse won’t encounter any hazards, such as a wasp’s nest! Never overload your trailer. Accurately calculate the total weight of all horses on board to make sure you will be under the gross vehicle-rated capacity for your trailer and tow vehicle. Ideally, before you officially hit the road, you should do a final once-over of the trailer and tow vehicle after it has been moving for a few minutes. Stop at the end of the driveway, or pull over on your street and do a last inspection. If you’ve overlooked anything it will likely come to your attention now — and avoid major headaches once you are on a busy highway with limited options and potentially putting you and your horse in harm’s way. 20

Load Up On the Essentials There are certain emergency supplies, tools, products, and other items that you should have packed in your trailer at all times. They commonly include: spare tire(s), spare wheel bearings, lug wrench, tire iron, hydraulic jack, and manual jack a minimum of three emergency roadside triangles or flares a portable air compressor jumper cables tow chain a fully stocked tool kit lubricant (such as WD-40™) spare belts, fuses and light bulbs (both interior and exterior) human and equine first aid kits (fully stocked) a fire extinguisher (always double-check the expiry date) work gloves drinkable water, buckets, and at least one bale of hay per horse a working flashlight and extra batteries electrical and duct tape a knife (to be used for cutting rope, tangled hay nets, etc. during emergencies) a spare halter and lead for each horse. The halter should be made from a material that will break under pressure, such as leather. Nylon halters should never be used during shipping. It’s important to take an inventory of these supplies before each trip and replace any missing or used/empty items. In addition, there are some important items that you should keep in the tow vehicle. They include registration papers and proof of insurance for both the vehicle and the trailer. You should also make sure you don’t leave without a cell phone or a CB radio, extra cash or a credit card for emergencies, and road maps or a GPS system if you will be traveling in unfamiliar territory.


If you are crossing the border temporarily, or importing/ exporting a horse, you will likely need to obtain certain health certificates and proof of vaccinations. These requirements can vary by location and can be affected by disease outbreaks, so be sure to research the requirements before attempting to travel across the border. The Equine Canada website contains further information under “Border Crossings.”

Emergency Considerations Hopefully, you will never have to experience an accident, but it’s always a good idea to prepare for the worst. Having both human and equine emergency kits is essential. It’s also a good idea to go one step further and provide a detailed list of instructions for emergency situations. Chances are paramedics and emergency medical personnel won’t have the knowledge or ability to care for injured or panicked horses. Therefore, it’s a good idea to write down emergency instructions and place them somewhere they will be spotted easily. Include the name and number of an emergency contact who can be called for advice and further instructions (such as your vet or a knowledgeable friend).

Horse Hospitality No matter how easily your horse loads onto a trailer, or how well behaved he or she is during shipping, keep in mind that trailering likely isn’t an enjoyable experience for your horse. Trailering requires standing in a small space, using a lot of muscle power to stay balanced, and dealing with constant motion, loud noises, and unfamiliar smells. However, there are some things you can do to help minimize your horse’s stress and discomfort and increase safety. Judge the size of the horse compared to the size of the trailer. Chances are, a 17.3hh horse isn’t going to fit comfortably or safely into a small, compact twohorse trailer. Protect legs by using proper shipping bandages and boots. If your horse is large, or prone to head injuries (for example, some horses will fling their head and neck up and down when they are stressed or bored), consider attaching a head bumper to the halter.

Make sure you provide plenty of hay to prevent boredom and decrease stress. If a hay net is necessary, ensure that there is no risk of the horse’s legs becoming entangled in it. Keep in mind that hay nets tend to droop as your horse empties them. Be aware of the weather and temperature. If it is cold, blanket the horse appropriately. If it is hot, provide as much airflow as possible. If you are embarking on a long trip, be sure to properly plan for it. Speak to a vet about recommended pretravel care in terms of feed, electrolytes, etc. During the trip, stop at appropriate intervals to provide water and top up hay (it is typically advised that a horse drink approximately every five to six hours). Depending on the total number of travel hours, your vet may also encourage you to make one or more stops and take your horse off the trailer for hand walking. If this is the case, pre-planning is essential for your horse’s safety. Never attempt to unload or walk a horse on a busy road. Ideally, you should get in touch with vet clinics or other equestrian facilities on your route and organize to use them as a location for your horse to stretch his or her legs. If you feel any unusual trailer movement, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and check the horses immediately. Drive safely and use common sense. Excess speed, tailgating, making sharp turns, running yellow lights, changing lanes without signaling, and other risky driving habits put your horse in danger. If you haven’t driven a horse trailer in awhile, it’s best to do a few test drives (without horses on board) to shake off the rust and get your skills back up to par— your horse will thank you for it. Happy travels! equinecanada April | May 2013 21


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BC Study Blazes Trail for Canadian Recreational Riders by Theresa Whalen

A recent study has revealed some interesting data on trail riding patterns and needs in British Columbia that will help equestrian stakeholders better prioritize and develop key areas of the industry. The BC Equestrian Trail User Study was released in January 2013 as a collaborative initiative by the Joint Trails & Access Committee (JTAC) of Horse Council British Columbia, along with the Back Country Horsemen of BC, British Columbia Competitive Trail Riders, Endurance Riders Association of BC and Vancouver Island University. The study surveyed 725 respondents, who collectively own more that 2000 horses and mules, in order to gain 22

a better understanding of their trail usage patterns, user satisfaction, and potential enhancements to the BC equestrian trail systems. Key findings determined that two-thirds of the respondents were between the ages of 45 and 64, nine out of ten are women, and they averaged 22 years of trail riding experience. Almost all (94%) own their horse and two-thirds keep their animals at their home location, with the remainder boarding elsewhere. The majority (78.5%) of riders are able to access trails from the location where their animals are kept, with the remainder having to trailer to gain trail access. However, exploring new trails was also very popular with almost half (45.9%) of the respondents indicating they like to combine trail riding with overnight stays for an


average of 12 nights away each year. This indicates the need for greater trail access and horse camping facilities - ‘bale ‘n breakfast’ facilities - a growth opportunity for the equestrian tourism industry. “Knowing your customer and what their wants and needs are is a basic premise to any successful business,” says Jack de Wit, Chair of the Canadian Trails Federation. “This study has given some great insight to all those things - and while the study is specific to British Columbia, I think the findings are relevant for equine tourism opportunities right across the country.” So what is driving the equestrian’s demand for trail use? The top four motivations were relaxation and stress release benefits, to socialize with like-minded horse people, to improve the health and fitness of horses and riders, and most importantly, because it’s fun! “We have a tremendous tourism asset here in BC with the beauty of our landscapes – and what better way to enjoy it than on horseback?” says Lisa Laycock, Executive Director of Horse Council BC. “To move this forward, a working document has been produced with 53 ‘Next Steps’ identified under three categories: Recognition and Growth, Knowledge and Education, and Infrastructure and Improvements. Each ‘Next Step’ has been assigned targets to assist in stakeholder out-reach through sharing the study and the ‘Next Steps’ working document. This will also assist with coordination and tracking of work and resources contributed by stakeholders in each category.” As for improvements to the current BC trail systems, respondents had several suggestions including: • developing more infrastructure and services such as highway pull-outs, rest stops and accommodations while traveling to trail systems • better infrastructures at trailheads such as turnarounds, parking, manure pits and corrals • more information on public trails including GPS maps

A 2010 Equine Canada study determined there are just under a million (963,500) horses in Canada being kept on 145,000 premises. That’s an impressive network of horse enthusiasts that is, as yet, untapped as to its trail system and equine tourism potential. “Right now, the best place for trail information is from the provincial trail groups as they each have a listing of what is available,” says de Wit. “I hope that in the future Equine Canada can play a greater role in assisting in the designation and development of trails with things like political support, trail clearing and maintenance guides, rider education and such. Trail riding needs to be supported because it represents a substantial growth area for the equine industry.” As for next steps, Laycock says: “BC is a huge and diverse province. Each region has its own specific needs and challenges that require local input and knowledge. With this document, JTAC is encouraging all stakeholders, government, private land owners and individuals to participate in getting the tasks done.” Theresa Whalen was one of the founders of CEREC Equi-link in Ramsayville, south-east of Ottawa, Ontario. You can reach her through FYI Creative Communication at

2013 Dressage Officials Bursaries Announced The Dressage Canada Officials Committee is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of the inaugural 2013 Dressage Officials Bursaries. This new program recognizes the commitment and expense required by national dressage officials to maintain their status and continue their education. This monetary grant is designed to assist dressage officials in pursuing their dressage goals. Congratulations to the following recipients —

• more education on horse trailering, trailhead etiquette and safety for riders and trail systems, i.e. footing, bridges, etc.

» Margaret Boyce / Emerson, NJ / Equine Canada dressage judge

Developing and designating more trails for equestrian use along with promoting the locations and access to trails, were also noted as priorities.

» Kim Fortin / Aylesford, NS / Equine Canada dressage steward

» Winona Hartvikson / Langley, BC / Equine Canada dressage judge » Kirstin Skinner-Boy / Windsor, ON / Equine Canada dressage judge

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CanEQUID – Canada’s Equine Traceability Program CanEQUID is the brand name government to evolve the current paper-based system of documents for testing and moving horses, to an for the national equine traceability electronic-based system. program for the horse industry that was developed by Equine Canada What will be required (or regulated) to include in a horse’s CanEQUID record? following more than three years of Identification of horses is not regulated, at this time, for consultations with the Canadian all horses in Canada. However, proposed changes to the (federal) regulations of the Health of Animals Act horse industry and its stakeholders. that will expand Canada’s livestock traceability capacity, include regulations for mandatory ID of horses – The CanEQUID program will may the intentions of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency connect the existing network of (CFIA) and Agri-food and Agriculture Canada (AAFC) in this regard are still unclear. horse identification programs in the Equine Canada has participated in the national livestock horse industry to create a lifetime traceability discussions as the representative of the Canadian horse industry since 2003, and continues record for individual horses. to voice the interests of the industry at the livestock What will the CanEQUID program do? The CanEQUID program will provide a way for horse owners to have a standardized ID record for their horses that meets horse industry requirements (for passports or other forms of identification for sport and breeding), as well as the requirements for government programs such as veterinary inspection certificates, Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) testing programs (Coggins tests) or transport manifests. Equine Canada will work with the

traceability table. So far, AAFC’s plan for expanding Canada’s livestock traceability program has been focused on “priority species” (cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry). For the equine sector, while we have been included in the planning discussions, we have not yet been included in the program development stream.

The different sectors of the horse industry have rulesof-business that determine what must be included in a horse’s individual record – change of ownership (for pedigree registered horses, or horses active in sport or equinecanada April | May 2013 25


racing), vaccination records (for some sport sectors), horse-show attendance (for sport), participation in racing at specific racetracks (for racing), etc. The CanEQUID program will provide a mechanism to capture the available information on a horse into a centralized lifetime record, based on the rules-of-business that are in place. If traceability is regulated for horses in the future, the CanEQUID lifetime record system will provide a way for Canadian horse owners to comply with regulations.

Has the Canadian government invested in CanEQUID? The Government of Canada has provided funding to the equine sector (through Equine Canada) towards costs for research, national industry consultative process to develop the plan for CanEQUID, a pilot project to test the concept and approach, and to support horse industry representatives to the federal multi-species livestock discussion table. In addition to AAFC funding, industry has invested significant time-and-money in the extensive planning and preparation work that has been completed.

What about microchips – will I have to microchip my horse? Some parts of the Canadian equine industry require microchips as part of their rules-of-business — some pedigree registries, for example, include microchips as part of their requirements for registration. For Equine Canada, starting in January 2013, all owners applying for a new FEI passport for horses will be required to microchip the horse. When (if ) a horse is microchipped, the chip information will be included in the CanEQUID record, with information about the type (and number) of the microchip. (Information on the requirements for microchips for FEI passports is available on the Equine Canada website.)

Will it be mandatory to track every time my horse moves? Will I have to report every medication my horse is given? The CanEQUID program will provide a way to record movements and health records – it will not require you to do so. The requirements for livestock traceability are the decision and responsibility of federal (and provincial) governments based on regulations. 26

What is Equine Canada doing now? Equine Canada is moving ahead to make its on-line horse identification system available to horse owners outside of sanctioned sport that require an electronic ID record for their horses. We are also moving ahead with testing the import of pedigree records from registries. This is moving ahead this year. Equine Canada has also started the dialogue with CFIA, to have official approved RFID microchips for horses in Canada that meet the requirements of the national livestock traceability program. It is expected that the process for testing and receiving official recognition for different types of microchips will take a period of months to complete.

What about government money to move this forward? A new program for federal government industry development funding starts on April 1, 2013 (the Growing Forward II AgriMarketing Program), for the period of 2013 through 2018. Equine Canada expects to make application to the Market Assurance stream for projects in three areas: • fast-tracking the implementation of the national equine traceability program, • enhancing disease surveillance programs for horses in Canada, and • developing quality assurance programs for horses sold in Canada. It is unclear at this time, what funding will be available for the equine industry under the current AAFC programs.

What about regulations? Equine Canada has been clear in its communications to AAFC/CFIA that our industry would require funding support in order to fast-track the launch of a full national traceability program. In the absence of federal funding support, we are continuing to develop elements of the CanEQUID program – but the timelines are based on what the industry can afford to invest. Equine Canada has stated to AAFC/CFIA that we do not support regulations for mandatory traceability for the equine industry without having the infrastructure in place for the industry to comply with regulations.

| Health and Welfare |

Proposed Federal Government Drug Regulatory Changes Will Impact Horse Industry Submitted by Dr. Mary Bell, DVM — Chair, Health and Welfare Committee

This past March Equine Canada represented the horse industry at a second industry information session hosted by the Veterinary Drug Directorate (VDD) of Health Canada. This session consisted of technical discussions on proposed veterinary drug regulatory modernizations. Specifically relevant to the horse, are regulatory changes regarding products imported from other countries for ‘own-use’ and a proposed means of permitting drug companies to market products that are licensed in other countries — but not in Canada — in specific cases where the limited market has prevented companies from applying for Canadian drug approval. The VDD is proposing an approach that would allow oversight on own-use importation (OUI) of veterinary drugs and on the importation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Horse owners and trainers habitually purchase products in other countries and bring them back to Canada for their own use. The proposed changes restrict the types of products that can be imported and require that the importer obtain a permit to import. It was implied at the workshop that the new regulations for OUI are applied to horses because any horse could possibly end up in the food chain. It does not apply to companion animals. Although horses are frequently companion animals, there is no means of permanent identification coupled with an electronic medication history. (Equine Canada has asked for specific clarification as to whether competition animals will be placed in the companion animal category or in the food producing category. If they place them in the first, an owner/trainer/agent will not need to have an import permit to import medications for own use. If they place them in the food producing category, then they will. ) Importers will be required to obtain an import permit that includes extensive information related to the product, the name of the veterinarian in Canada who is to oversee use of the product, the number of owned animals to be treated, and the intended port of entry. Health Canada is proposing to make public the list of drug products that are qualified for the issuance of an import permit. Antibiotics and prescription medications will not be permitted. (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products such as Banamine, are prescription medications.)

Only a 90-day supply of medication will be permitted per permit, and this is a real concern in the respect that some useful products are much more expensive in Canada than they are in the United States. Owners and trainers frequently purchase product where it is least expensive, and this may result in the movement of products going unreported. Since import permits can be cancelled or refused, there can be consequences to not respecting the need for, and the terms of, the permit process. Unfortunately the Canadian horse industry represents a small market to pharmaceutical companies. The industry is frequently frustrated by the paucity of available drugs here as opposed to what can be purchased in the United States or Europe. Additionally, submitting a drug for approval to the VDD is costly and the process lengthy. This has encouraged the use of products that have no labelling for horses, and the use of compounded products. The VDD is developing a model that would facilitate access to approved veterinary drugs for Minor Use Minor Species (MUMS). The VDD considers the horse to be a “minor species” because of the lack of pharmaceutical products. As such, several products for horses that are licensed for horses in other countries will qualify to be marketed in Canada. Currently, products that are not licensed for horses in Canada can only be obtained through an emergency drug release system. This results in delays in obtaining the products and significant additional cost for each request as a result of Health Canada charges. As the horse industry continues to experience economic challenges and the number of horses decreases, it is important there is a means for us to access products that are licensed in other countries. As long as the process and cost for a product to be made available are not onerous, this step will be a great benefit to the horse industry. The proposed regulatory changes remain in a formatting position. The details as to process and cost to the consumer remain unknown. Industry groups are being asked to submit comments and questions to the VDD and Equine Canada will be making a submission as part of this process. If you would like to know more about Canada’s Veterinary Drug Directorate please visit the Health Canada website and enter ‘Veterinary Drug Directorate’ in the search button. equinecanada April | May 2013 27


UPCOMING Equine Canada Sanctioned Competitions Date(s) APRIL April 6 April 6 April 6−7 April 6−7 April 6−7 April 6−7 April 12−14 April 12−14 April 13−14 April 13−14 April 18−21 April 19−21 April 19−21 April 19−21 April 20 April 20 April 20−21 April 20−21 April 20−21 April 25−28 April 26 April 26−28 April 26−28 April 26−28 April 26−28 April 27 April 27−28 April 27−28 April 28 April 28 MAY May 3–4 May 3−5 May 3−5 May 3−5 May 3−5 May 3−5 May 3−5 May 4−5 May 4−5 May 4–5 May 4–5 May 4–5 May 4–5 May 5 May 7–12 May 8–12 May 9–12 May 10–12 May 10–12 May 10–12 May 11–12 May 11–12 May 11–12


Sanction Level Competition Silver 2013 JD Leap Into Spring Trillium A Bronze 2013 Greenbriar Stables Hunter/Jumper Show 2013 Amberlea Meadows Hunter/Jumper Schooling Bronze Show 2 (CANCELLED) Bronze 2013 RCRA Springtime 1 Bronze 2013 Willow Grove Season Opener Jumper Bronze 2013 Spruce Meadows April Classic I Silver 2013 JD Leap Into Spring Trillium B Bronze 2013 MREC Season Opener Bronze, Silver 2013 Jokers Hill Spring Trillium 1A Bronze 2013 RMSJ Carrots & Cocktails Series III Bronze 2013 SSITS Season Opener Silver-Bronze 2013 Jokers Hill Spring Trillium 1B Bronze 2013 BCHAA Spring Show Gold 2013 AEVA Spring Fest Silver 2013 Hamilton Hunt Trillium Jumper Show Bronze 2013 NAJYRC Alberta Qualifier I Bronze 2013 Cool Runnin’ II Bronze 2013 Willow Grove Season Opener Hunter Gold-Bronze 2013 Kelowna Riding Club Spring Dressage Festival Bronze 2013 Kelowna Spring Classic Silver 2013 Spring Fling Silver 2013 Amberlea Meadows Spirng Welcome Silver 2013 Hamilton Hunt Trillium Hunter Show Bronze 2011 Thunderbird April Season Opener Hunter/Jumper Bronze 2013 Spirit Of Moose Jaw Classic Bronze 2013 Gaelic Glen Spring Bronze Show 1 Bronze 2013 Spruce Meadows April Classic II Bronze 2013 Teesdale Tournament April Bronze 2013 Victoria Saanich CADORA EC Bronze #2 Bronze 2013 Dogwood Dressage 1 Gold 2013 Kawartha Spring Classic 1 Bronze 2013 Defi sportif Silver-Bronze 2013 Jokers Hill Spring Trillium 2A Gold 2013 Spruce Meadows May Classic Silver 2013 Highland Green Stable Trillium Show Gold-Bronze 2013 Restless Pines National Gold 2013 Southlands Spring Dressage Show Platinum-Gold 2013 Spruce Woods Spectacular CEI3* Gold 2013 MREC May Horse Trails 2013 PAADA Dressage Daze III - Provincial Silver Championships Bronze 2013 MILESTONE SPRING ARABIAN SHOW Platinum-Gold 2013 Woodwind Horse Trials CIC 1* & 2* Silver-Bronze 2013 Gaelic Glen Bronze Show 2 Gold 2013 Kawartha Spring Classic 2 GOLD 2013 Classic @ Palgrave Phase 1 Platinum-Gold 2013 Bow Valley Classic I CSI2* Silver 2013 AAHABC Classic A & B Silver 2013 Fox Run Stables Trillium Show Bronze 2013 MREC Mother’s Day Celebration Gold-Bronze 2013 AJYR Dressage Classic 2013 Dressage Winnipeg Kendra McBain Memorial Gold-Bronze Competition Silver-Bronze 2013 Fiddlers Green Stables Bronze Horse Show #1 Silver 2013 Knowlton Ridge Annual Spring Trillium


Location Iron Horse Equestrian Centre, Burlington, ON Greenbriar Stables, Calgary, AB

Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Iron Horse Equestrian Centre, Burlington, ON MREC, Maple Ridge, BC RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON RMSJ, Calgary, AB Saanich Fairgrounds, Saanichton, BC RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON Cloverdale Fairgrounds Agriplex, Surrey, BC Ponoka Ag-Event Ctr, Ponoks, AB Iron Horse Eq Complex, Milton, ON Prairie Mountain Ranch, Madden, AB Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna, BC Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna, BC Ponoka Ag-Event Ctr, Ponoka, AB Amberlea Meadows, Leduc County, AB Iron Horse Eq Complex, Milton, ON Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Moose Jaw Exhibition, Moose Jaw, SK Gaelic Glen Stables, Oxford Mills, ON Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Teesdale Riding School, Hwy 22, Calgary, AB Saanichton Fairgrounds, Saanichton, BC Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver, BC Saddlewood Equestrian Centre, Bethany, ON Parc Equestre De Blainville, Blainville, QC RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON Spruce Meadows, RR 9, Calgary, AB Highland Green Stable, Arva, ON Restless Pines Farm, Hammonds Plains, NS Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver, BC Spruce Woods Provincial Park Equestrian Cte, MB MREC, Maple Ridge, BC

Ponoka Agricultural Event Centre, Ponoka, AB

Milestone Stables, Campbellville, ON Jarratt, ON Gaelic Glen Stables, Oxford Mills, ON Saddlewood Equestrian Centre, Bethany, ON Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Fox Run Stables, Troy, ON MREC, Maple Ridge, BC Westerner Show Park, Red Deer, AB

MHC Facility, Bird’s Hill Park, MB

Fiddlers Green Stables, Stittsville, ON Knowlton Ridge Equestrian Ctr, Powassan, ON

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | Date(s) May 11 May 11 May 12 May 12 May 14–19 May 15–19 May 15–19 May 16–19 May 16–19 May 17–19 May 17–19 May 17–19 May 17–20 May 18 May 18–19 May 18–19 May 18–20 May 18–19 May 19 May 19–20 May 20 May 20 May 22–26 May 22–26 May 22–26 May 22–26 May 24–26 May 24–26 May 24–26 May 24–26 May 24–25 May 25 May 25–26 May 25–26 May 25–26 May 25–26 May 25–26 May 25–26 May 25–26 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 29–June 2 May 29–June 2 May 29–June 2 May 31–June 2 May 31–June 2 JUNE June 1 June 1 June 1 June 1−2 June 1−2 June 1−2 June 1–3 June 1−2 June 1−2

Sanction Level Gold-Silver Bronze Bronze Gold Gold Gold Platinum-Gold Gold Platinum-GoldSilver Silver Gold Bronze Bronze Bronze Gold Platinum Gold Gold Silver-Bronze Bronze Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Silver-Bronze Silver Gold Silver Silver Gold Bronze Gold-Bronze Bronze Silver-Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Platinum-Gold Gold Gold Gold Bronze Gold-Silver Gold Gold Bronze Silver Bronze Gold Gold Gold

Competition 2013 Cedar Run Horse Trials 2013 NAJYRC Alberta Qualifier II 2013 Printanier de Bromont 2013 Centaur Spring Gold Dressage Show 2013 Caledon National 2013 Concours Hippique de Pepiniere 2013 CSI2* Bow Valley Classic II 2013 Windsor Spring Show 2013 CDI3*/Y/J Angelstone Tournament & Ec Gold/Silver Dressage Show 2013 Caledonia Classic Silver 2013 Dressage New Brunswick 1 2013 Parkland Spring Show #1 2013 SSITS Sun Bowl 2013 Cool Runnin’ III 2013 Classique de Dressage 1 2013 Horseshoe Lake Endurance CEI3* 2013 Topline Stables Spring Horse Trials 2013 Grandview Spring Horse Trials 2013 London Dressage Association 1 2013 Parkland Spring Show #2 2013 Caledonia Classic 2013 Classique de Dressage 2 2013 Anglestone Spring Phase 1 CSI2* 2013 Edmonton Classic Horse Show 2013 Canadian Premier 2013 Concours Hippique de St-Lazare 2013 Amberlea Meadows Dressage Show 2013 Meadowlarke Stables Trillium Show 2013 Trillium At Palgrave Silver 2013 Trillium At Palgrave Bronze 2013 Wheat City Classic 2013 Dressage in the Park I 2013 Eden Ridge Trillium Horse Show 2013 Geary Hill Stables Equestrian Challenge #1 Gold 2013 Woodridge Riding Centre #1 2013 Greystone Farm Trillium #1 2013 Glen Oro Horse Trials 1 2013 RCRA Springtime 2 2013 SIDA Spring Fling Gold/Bronze 2013 Victoria Saanich CADORA EC Bronze #3 2013 Dressage Niagara Bronze/Silver Competition #1 2013 Dogwood Dressage 2 2013 Geary Hill Stables Equestrian Challenge # 1 Bronze 2013 Conestoga CADORA Dressage 1 2013 KLDA Bronze #1 2013 Dressage Fantasia 1 2013 British Columbia Open CSI2*W 2013 Le Concours Hippique Du Parc Printemps 1 2013 Angelstone Spring Phase 2 CSI1* 2013 Cornerstone Spring Into Dressage 2013 SAHA Spring Icebreaker 2013 QSLB Evergreen Farm Silver/Gold Competition 2013 Dressage PEI Spring Gold Show I 2013 Ontario Parasport Games Gold Para-Dressage Show 2013 AHAEC Summer Sizzler Concurrent 2013 HSE Stables Trillium I 2013 Trophy Show 2013 Spruce Meadows June Classic (CANCELLED) 2013 Dressage National de Boise-Ogilvy 2013 MREC June Horse Trials


Location Cedar Run Horse Park, Blue Mountains, ON Prairie Mountain Ranch, Madden, AB Parc Equestre Olympic De Bromont, Bromont, QC Centaur Riding School, Navan, ON Caledon Equestrian Park, ON 4170 Chemin Ste-Angelique, St Lazare, QC Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Windsor Exhibition Grounds, Windsor, NS

Angelstone Farm, Acton, ON

Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB Quispamsis, NB Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB Saanich Fairgrounds, Saanichton, BC Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, QC Jarvie, AB Salmon Arm, BC Grandview, Hawkestone, ON Eastwood, London, ON Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB Amberlea Meadows, Leduc County, AB Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, QC Angelstone Farm, Rockwood, ON Whitemud Equine Learning Centre, Edmonton, AB Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC St-Lazare, QC Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB Meadowlarke Stables, Acton, ON Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, AB Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB Cedar Run Horse Park, The Blue Mountain, ON Eden Ridge, Woodstock, ON Geary Hill Stables, Geary, NB Woodridge Riding Centre, Utterson, ON Greystone Farm, ON Jarratt, ON RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON Salmon Arm, BC Victoria, BC Elite Equine Ctr, Fenwick, ON Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver, BC Geary Hill Stables, Geary, NB Brookside Equestrian Centre, Kitchener, ON Saddlewood Equestrian Centre, Bethany, ON Ferme Fantasia, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Park Equestre de Blainville, Blainville, QC Angelstone Farm, Rockwood, ON Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON Moosejaw Exhibition Grounds, Moosejaw, SK Evergreen Farm, Glenburnie, ON Crapaud Agriplex, Crapaud, PE Dreamcatcher Farm, Inverary, ON Western Fair Grounds, London, ON HSE Stables, St. Thomas, ON Ebon Stables, Saskatoon, SK Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Centre Equestre de Boise, Mascouche, QC MREC, Maple Ridge, BC

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| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | Date(s) June 2 June 2 June 4–9 June 5−9 June 5–9 June 6–9 June 6–9 June 6

Sanction Level Bronze Gold GOLD Platinum Gold Gold Platinum Bronze

June 7


June 7–8 June 7–8 June 7–9 June 7–9 June 7–9 June 7–9 June 7–9 June 8 June 8–9 June 8–9 June 8–9 June 8–9 June 8–9 June 9 June 9 June 9 June 9 June 11−16 June 13–16 June 13–16 June 14–16 June 14–16 June 14–16 June 14–16

June 15

Silver Bronze Silver-Bronze Bronze Silver Gold Bronze Bronze Silver-Bronze Gold-Silver Gold Bronze Silver Bronze Bronze Silver-Bronze Bronze Gold Gold-Bronze Platinum Gold-Bronze Silver Silver Gold-Bronze Platinum-GoldSilver Gold-SilverBronze Silver

June 15


June 15–16 June 15–16 June 15–16 June 15–16 June 15–16

Silver-Bronze Silver Gold Silver Bronze

June 15–16


June 15–16 June 15–16 June 15–16 June 15–16 June 16 June 16 June 16 June 19−23 June 20−23 June 20–23 June 20–23 June 21–23 June 21–23 June 22

June 14–16 June 14–16


Competition 2013 Concours d’ete de Bromont 2013 Dressage PEI Spring Gold Show II 2013 Classic @ Palgrave Phase 2 2013 Spruce Meadows National CSI5*W 2013 Le Concours Hippique du Parc Printemps 2 2013 RMSJ June Summer Welcome 2013 Volvo Bromont CCI3* & CIC3* Three Day Event 2013 Concours Hypique Fantasia 2 2013 Region 4 & Region 5 Concurrent Qualifier Arab & HA/AA SHOW 2013 Region 6 Championships 2013 Region 6 Qualifier Arab & HA/AA SHOW 2013 Jokers Hill Summer Trillium #1 Bronze 2013 Aurora Summer Arabian & HA/AA SHOW 2013 Waymark Farms Trillium Show 2013 CA/ADA Summer Dressage Show 2013 Mrec June Classic 2013 Greater Fredericton Spring Show 2013 Fiddlers Green Stables Bronze Horse Show #2 2013 Rainbow Ridge Ranch Gold 2013 Beaumont Horse Trials 2013 Vernon District Riding Club Hunter Jumper Show 2013 Caledon Dressage Silver Show #1 2013 Summer Sun I 2013 Dressage Fantasia 2 2013 London Dressage Association 2 2013dressage Regional du Boise-Ogilvy 2013 Summer Classic 2013 RMSJ June Classic I 2013 Spruce Meadows Continental CSI5*W 2013 Restless Pines Tournament 2013 Alberta Classic Part A 2013 Alberta Classic Part B 2013 Touch Of Class Dressage Show 2013 CDI3*/Y/J Angelstone International Tournament & EC Gold/Silver Dressage Show


Location Parc Equestre Olympic de Bromont, Bromont, QC Crapaud Agriplex, Crapaud, PE Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Parc Equestre de Blainville, QC RMSJ, Calgary, AB Bromont, QC Ferme Fantasia, St-Jean-Sur Richelieu, QC

Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB

Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB Waymark Farms, Bright, ON Claresholm Agriplex, Claresholm, AB MREC, Maple Ridge, BC Sterling Creek, Noonan, NB Fiddlers Green Stables, Stittsville, ON Rainbow Ridge Ranch, Greely, ON Beaumont Ag Grounds, Beaumont, AB Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, BC Orangeville Agricultural Society, Orangeville, ON Sandcastle Farm, Saskatoon, SK Ferme Fantasia, St-Jean-Sur Richelieur, QC Eastwood, London, ON Centre Equestre du Boise, Mascouche, QC Caledon Equestrian Park, 200 Pine Ave, ON RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Restless Pines Farm, Hammonds Plains, NS Ponoka Ag-Event Ctr, Ponoka, AB Ponoka Ag-Event Ctr, Ponoka, AB Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC

Angelstone Farm, Acton, ON

2013 EVA of BC Jump Into June Vaulting Competition

High Point Equestrian Centre, Langley, BC

Blue Star Farm, Mount Albert, ON


Princess Louise Show Park, Sussex, NB HSE Stables, St. Thomas, ON Geary Hill Stables, Geary, NB Knowlton Ridge Equestrian Ctr, Powassan, ON Centre Equestre Ste-Fox, St-Ange, QC

MHC Facility, Bird's Hill Park, MB

Gold Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Gold Platinum-Gold Gold Gold Gold Silver-Bronze

2013 Blue Star Silver Dressage #1 2013 Para-Equestrian Canada Coast-To-Coast And SeaTo-Sea Video Competition 2013 New Brunswick Morgan & Arabian Show 2013 HSE Stables Trillium II 2013 Geary Hill Stables Equestrian Challenge #2 Gold 2013 Knowlton Ridge Summer Trillium 2013 Centre Equestre Ste-Fox 2013 Dressage Winnipeg Capt Dekenyeres Memorial Competition 2013 Wits End Horse Trials 2013 Island Classics Arabian Horse Show 2013 Little Bromont Horse Trials 2013 PRADA Cygnet Dressage Show 2013 Willowbrook Farm Horse Trials 2013 Academie du Sable-Defi I 2013 Geary Hill Stables Equestrian Challenge #2 Bronze 2013 Cornerstone Premiere I (CANCELLED) 2013 RMSJ June Classic II CSI2* 2013 Milner Downs Summer Classic I 2013 Caledon Premier 1 2013 Bromont Driving 2013 Pickering Horse Centre Trillium Bronze Caroline@Rmshowjumping.Com

Mansfield, ON Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria, BC Bromont, QC Romercy Arabians, Grande Prairie, AB Tatamagouche, NS Academie Equestre du Sable, Gatineau, QC Geary Hill Stables, Geary, NB Essa Agriplex, Essa, ON RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Milner Downs, Langley, BC Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, Bromont, QC Pickering Horse Centre, Claremont, ON


2013 Milestone Summer Arabian Show

Milestone Stables, Campbellville, ON

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | Date(s) June 22 June 22 June 22

Sanction Level Silver-Bronze Silver-Bronze Bronze

June 22–23


June 22–23 June 22–23 June 22–23 June 23 June 23 June 23 June 23 June 23 June 23 June 23 June 25–30 June 26–30 June 26–30 June 26–30 June 27–30 June 27–30 June 27–30 June 27–30 June 28–30 June 29 June 29 June 29–30 June 29–30 June 29–30 June 29–30 June 29–July 1 June 29–30 June 29 June 29–30 June 29–30 June 29–30 JULY July 2−7 July 3−7 July 3−7 July 3−7 July 3−7 July 4−7 July 5−7 July 6

Bronze Gold Gold-Bronze Silver-Bronze Bronze Silver-Bronze Silver-Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Platinum Platinum Gold Platinum Bronze Gold-Bronze Bronze Platinum-Gold Gold Silver-Bronze Silver Bronze Gold Bronze Bronze Gold Gold Gold Platinum Gold Gold-Bronze Silver Gold

July 6


July 6 July 6−7 July 6−8 July 6−7 July 6−7 July 6−7 July 6 July 6−7 July 7 July 7 July 10−14 July 10−14 July 10−14 July 10−14 July 10−14 July 10−14

Bronze Gold Gold-Bronze Silver Silver Gold-Bronze Silver-Bronze Bronze Bronze Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold

Competition 2013 Strathgartney Summer Horse Trials 2013 GSDA Silver/Bronze #1 2013 Victoria Saancih CADORA EC Bronze #4 2013 Angelstone Summer Tournament EC Gold/Silver Dressage Show 2013 NFTRA Open Benefit Show 2013 Caledon Horse Trials 2013 Kamloops Dressage Show 2013 Touch A Rainbow Horse Trials 1 2013 Dogwood Dressage 3 2013 Dressage Niagara Bronze/Silver Competition #2 2013 GSDA Silver/Bronze #2 2013 Courtenay CADORA Dressage Show 2013 Conestoga CADORA Dressage 2 2013 Concours Hypique Fantasia 1 2013 Lake Placid Horse Show 2013 Classic @ Palgrave Phase 4 2013 Cornerstone Premiere Ii (CANCELLED) 2013 West Coast Classic 2013 Windsor Summer Show 2013 Classique Blainville Semaine I 2013 Spruce Meadows Canada One CSI4*W 2013 Calgary CDI 2* 2013 CA/ADA Gold 1 2013 CEI1* Mountain Magic Endurance Ride 2013 OVAHA Tulip One Day Show 2013 Mid Island Cadora Summer Dressage Festival 2013 RCRA Sunshine 1 2013 Dreamcrest Horse Trials CIC 1* & 2* 2013 Cochrane Heartland Saddlery Horse Trials 2013 Birds Hill Summer Horse Trials 2013 Railsideview Equestrian Centre I 2013 KDM Canada Day Classic 2013 St-Cyprien De Napierville Horse Trials 2013 Foshay South Dressage Show 2013 Valleyview Ag Society Dressage Show 2013 I Love New York 2013 Classique Blainville Semaine II 2013 Western Family 2013 Spruce Meadows North American CSI5* 2013 Cedar Run Classic 2013 RMSJ Mid Summer Classic I 2013 Camberwell Stables Trillium Show 2013 Dressage PEI Summer Gold Show 1 2013 Dressage Winnipeg Mid Summer Madness Competition 2013 Greater Fredericton Summer Show I 2013 Feria De La Belle Epoque 2013 Vernon Dressage Show 2013 Caledon Dressage Silver Show #2 2013 Woodridge Riding Centre #2 2013 Give it a Go Dressage Show 2013 Glenarden Farms Horse Trials 1 2013 PRADA Dressage Show 2013 Summer Sun II 2013 Dressage PEI Summer Gold Show 2 2013 International Bromont National Week 2013 Cornerstone July I (CANCELLED) 2013 Orangeville Show Jumping Tournament Phase I 2013 RMSJ Mid Summer II Classic 2013 Cedar Run Tournament 2013 Classique Blainville Semaine III (CANCELLED)

Contact Sherrylynn_29@Hotmail.Com

Location Bonshaw, PE Arabask Farms, Chelsford, ON Saanich Fairgrounds, Saanichton, BC

Angelstone Farm. Acton, ON janette.leask@sympatico,ca

MREC, Maple Ridge, BC Caledon, ON Kamloops, BC North Augusta, ON Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver, BC Cedar Ridge Stable, Ridgeville, ON Arabask Farm, Chelmsford, ON Cornox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Courtenay, BC Cornerstone Equestrian Centre, Moffat, ON Ferme Fantasia, St-Jean-Sur Richelieu, QC North Elba Showgrounds, Lake Placid, NY, USA Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON Essa Agriplex, Essa, ON Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Windsor Exhibition Grounds, Windsor, NS Parc Equestre De Blainville, QC Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Coutlee Plateau, Merritt, BC Richmond Fairgrounds, Richmond, ON Nanoose Bay, BC RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON Port Perry, ON Cochrane, AB Birds Hill Park, MB Railsideview Equstrian Centre, Dutton, ON Mohrs Rd, Arnprior, ON La Criniere, QC Foshay South Eventing Inc., Lakeside, NB Agricultural Society Grounds, Valleyview, AB North Elba Showgrounds, Lake Placid, NY, USA Parc Equestre Blainville, QC Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Cedar Run Horse Park, Blue Mountains, ON RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Camberwell Equestrian Ctr, St Catherines, ON Crapaud Agriplex, Crapaud, PE

Pine Ridge Equine Park, Oakbank, MB

Sterling Creek, Noonan, NB L’Epiphanie, QC Vernon District Dressage Club, Coldstream, BC Orangeville Agricultural Society, Orangeville, ON Woodridge Riding Centre, Utterson, ON Saskatoon, SK Fergus, ON Peace River Agricultural Grounds, Peace River, AB Sandcastle Farm, Saskatoon, SK Crapaud Agriplex, Crapaud, PE Parc Equestre Olympique de Bromont, QC Essa Agriplex, Essa, ON OAS Event Centre, Orangeville, ON RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Cedar Run Horse Park, Blue Mountains, ON Parc Equestre Blainville, QC equinecanada April | May 2013 31

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | Date(s) July 11−14 July 11−14 July 12−14 July 12−14 July 12−14 July 12−14 July 13−14 July 13−14 July 13−14 July 13−14 July 13−14 July 17−21 July 17−21 July 17−21 July 17−21 July 17−21 July 18−20 July 19−21 July 19−21 July 19−21 July 20−21 July 20−21 July 20−21 July 20−21 July 20−21 July 20−21 July 21 July 21 July 21 July 21 July 23−27 July 23−28 July 24−28 July 24−28 July 26−28 July 26−28 July 27−28 July 27−28 July 27−28 July 28 July 28 AUGUST July 30−August 4 July 30−August 4 August 1−4

Sanction Level Gold Bronze Silver Gold Bronze Gold Bronze Platinum-Gold Gold Gold Silver-Bronze Gold Gold Platinum-Gold Gold Gold Bronze Silver-Bronze Silver Gold Gold Gold Gold-Silver Gold-Bronze Gold Silver-Bronze Bronze Silver-Bronze Silver-Bronze Gold Silver Gold Gold Platinum-Gold Silver Gold-Bronze Bronze Gold Silver Silver-Bronze Gold Gold Gold Gold

Competition 2013 Spruce Meadows Pan American CSI5* 2013 Southlands Summer Classic 2013 Summer Classic Horse Show 2013 Thompson Country Horse Trials 2013 Western Canadian Arabian Breeders Championship 2013 Cornerstone Summer Festival 2013 CNHP July Bronze Dressage Show 2013 Will O’Wind CIC 1* & 2* 2013 MREC “Mrs. T” Memorial Horse Trials 2013 Tandalee Farm Horse Trials 2013 Sunrise Summer Classic Horse Show 2013 Milner Downs Summer Classic II 2013 River Valley Horse Show 2013 CSI3*W International Bromont Week 1 2013 Cornerstone July II (CANCELLED) 2013 Cedar Run Summer Festival 2013 Region 18 Championships 2013 Summerfest Trillium Bronze 2013 Red Ribbon Stables Trillium Show 2013 Amberlea Meadows Dressage Festival 2013 Classique de Dressage Fantasia 2013 Spirit of Excellence 2013 Dressage at the Park (CANCELLED) 2013 Capital City Classic 2013 Dressage New Brunswick 2 2013 Westar Farms ‘Horse Lovers Weekend’ Trillium Show 2013 Conestoga CADORA Dressage 3 2013 London Dressage Association 3 2013 Central Nova Horse Trials 2013 Equus 3D Horse Trials 1 2013 Region 17 Championships 2013 Equestrian Festival 2013 Milner Downs Summer Classic III 2013 CSI3* International Bromont Week 2 2013 Parish Ridge Stables 2013 Canadian Cup Dressage Show 2013 Wildwind Dressage Festival 2013 Robinson Farm Horse Trials 1 2013 Railsideview Equestrian Centre Ii 2013 Dressage Niagara Bronze/Silver Competition #3 2013 Oakhurst Horse Trials 1 2013 Summer Festival 2013 Ottawa National 2013 Jump With Hope For Kids With Cancer

August 1−4


2013 Heart of the Continent

August 1−4 August 2−4 August 3 August 3−4 August 3−4 August 3−4 August 3−4 August 3−5

Bronze Bronze Silver-Bronze Gold-Bronze Bronze Gold Gold Gold

2013 Benefit Horse Show 2013 MREC Dog Days of Summer 2013 Ben Eoin Horse Trials 2013 Central Nova Gold & Bronze Dressage Show 2013 RCRA Sunshine 2 2013 St Laurent Dressage Gold 2013 Grandview Horse Trials 2013 Topline Stables Summer Horse Trials

August 3−4


2013 EA/ADA Summer Classic Dressage Show

August 3−4 August 4 August 7−11 August 7−11 August 7−11

Bronze Gold Gold Gold Gold

2013 Club Equestre de Quebec 2013 Centaur Summer Gold Dressage Show 2013 Le Concours Hippique du Parc Ete 2013 CSI2* Rocky Mountain Classic I CSI2* 2013 Twin Oaks Derby (CANCELLED)


Contact dumon_rene@hotmail.,com

Location Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver, BC Ponoka Ag-Event Ctr, Ponoka, AB Rocky Mountain House, AB Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON Central Nova Equine Park, Truro, NS Orangeville, ON MREC, Maple Ridge, BC Tandalee Farm, West Bolton, QC Princess Louise Show Park, Sussex, NB Milner Downs, Langley, BC 12505 Keillor Rd, Edmonton, AB Parc Equestre Olympique de Bromont, , QC Essa Agriplex, Essa, ON Cedar Run Horse Park, Blue Mountains, ON Western Fair Grounds, London, ON Pickering Horse Centre, Claremont, ON Red Ribbon Stables, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB Ferme Fantasia, Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, QC Y Not Farms, Meaford, ON NNEP, Ottawa, ON Saanich Fairgrounds, Saanichton, BC Quispamsis, NB Westar Farms, Ashton, ON Travis Hall Equestrian Centre, Rockwood, ON Eastwood, London, ON Truro, NS Equus 3D, Orangeville, ON Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Milner Downs, Langley, BC Parc Equestre Olympique De Bromont, QC Parish Ridge Stables, Burlington, ON Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Wildwind Equestrian Centre, Isidore, AB Robinson Farm, Sutton, QC Dutton, ON Rivendell Farm, Colbourne, ON Oakhurst Farm, Ashton, ON Caledon Equestrian Park, ON NNEP, Ottawa ON Amberlea Meadows, Leduc County, AB showsecretary@ Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg, MB Saanich Fairgrounds, Saanichton, BC MREC, Maple Ridge, BC Ben Eoin, NS Salmon River, NS RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON 240 Maire Victorin, Vercheres, QC Grandview, Hawkestone, ON Salmon Arm, BC; Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton, AB Club Equestre de Quebec, St Gabriel de Valcartier, QC Centaur Riding School, Navan, ON Parc Equestre de Blainville, QC Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Twin Oaks Farm, Richmond, BC

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | Date(s) August 7−11 August 7−11 August 7−11 August 9−11 August 9−11 August 10−11 August 10−11 August 10−11 August 10 August 10−11 August 10−11 August 14−18 August 14−18 August 14−18 August 15−17 August 15−17 August 16−18 August 16−18 August 16−18 August 16−18 August 17 August 17 August 17−18 August 18 August 18 August 18 August 18 August 18 August 18 August 21−25 August 21−25 August 21−25 August 21−25 August 21−25 August 23−24 August 23−25 August 24 August 24−25 August 24−25 August 24−25 August 24−25 August 25 SEPT August 28−September 1 August 28−September 1 August 29−September 1 August 30−September 1 August 30−September 1 August 30−September 1 August 30−September 1 August 30−September 1 August 30−September 1 August 30−September 2 August 31 August 31−September 1 August 31−September 1 August 31−September 1 August 31−September 1 August 31−September 1 August 31−September 1 August 31−September 2

Sanction Level Competition 2013 Cedar Run Blue Mountains Celebration Week 1 Gold (CANCELLED) Gold 2013 Orangeville Classic Gold 2013 Ottawa International Launch @ Angelstone Gold 2013 Dressage New Brunswick 3 Gold 2013 Cornerstone Summer Classic Gold 2013 Harmony Horse Trials Gold 2013 Glen Oro Horse Trials 2 Silver 2013 Knowlton Ridge Classic Trillium Bronze 2013 Greater Fredericton Summer Show II Gold-Bronze 2013 Sun Meadows Dressage Show Bronze 2013 West Calgary Dressage Platinum-Gold 2013 Fort Summer Classic CSI2* Gold 2013 Rocky Mountain Classic Ii Gold 2013 Orangeville International Gold 2013 Annapolis Valley Exhibition EC Gold C H/J Show Gold 2013 Old Home Week English Horse Show Silver 2013 The Western Canadian Championship Show Silver 2013 Vanbrook Equestrian Show Gold 2013 Campbell Valley Horse Trials & BC Championships Gold 2013 Alhambra Victory Tack Summer Event Silver 2013 Blue Star Silver Dressage #2 Gold-Silver 2013 QSLB Doornekamp Farm Silver/Gold Competition Gold 2013 Beaulieu Dressage Classic Bronze 2013 Conestoga Cadora Dressage 4 Bronze 2013 Summer Sun III Silver-Bronze 2013 London Dressage Association 4 Silver-Bronze 2013 Hobby Horse Trials Gold 2013 Lane’s End Horse Trials Silver-Bronze 2013 Touch A Rainbow Horse Trials 2 Gold 2013 Cornerstone Encore I (CANCELLED) Gold 2013 Angelstone National Phase I CSI2* Gold 2013 Coveside Classic Platinum-Gold 2013 Summer Fort Festival CSI2*W Gold 2013 Rocky Mountain Classic III Gold 2013 Rising Stars Youth Dressage Silver 2013 Iron Horse Equestrian Center Trillium Show Silver-Bronze 2013 Brae Fearann Horse Trials Gold 2013 Robinson Farm Horse Trials 2 Silver 2013 Caledon Dressage Silver Show #3 Gold 2013 Saskatchewan Dressage Provincial Championships Gold 2013 D&D Stables Gold Dressage Silver-Bronze 2013 Dressage Niagara Bronze/Silver Competition #4 Gold 2013 Cornerstone Encore II (CANCELLED) Gold 2013 Angelstone National Phase II CSI1* Gold 2013 Spruce Meadows Champions Welcome Bronze 2013 Labour Day Classic Gold 2013 CA/ADA Gold 2 Gold 2013 BC Dressage Championships Silver 2013 44TH Annual Alberta Morgan Horse Show Gold 2013 Ontario Dressage Championships Gold 2013 National Youth Championships Gold 2013 Stormont Endurance Ride Silver-Bronze 2013 Dressage in the Park II Gold-Bronze 2013 Riders Seahorse Bronze & Gold Gold 2013 South Peace Horse Trials Bronze 2013 Greater Fredericton Fall Show Gold 2013 Woodwind Horse Trials 2 Gold-Bronze 2013 Dressage Saint Apollinaire 2013 Dressage Winnipeg Autumn Classic & MB Provincial Gold-Bronze Championships Gold 2013 Island 22 Horse Trials



Cedar Run Horse Park, Blue Mtns, ON

OAS Event Centre, Orangeville, ON Angelstone Farms, Acton, ON Quispamsis, NB Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON Ferme Beaulieu, Ste. Justine De Newton, QC Glen Oro Farm, Jarratt, ON Knowlton Ridge Equestrian Ctr, Powassan, ON Sterling Creek, Noonan, NB Kamloops, BC Cochrane Ag Society, Cochrane, AB Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB OAS Event Centre, Orangeville, ON Lawrencetown, NS Charlottetown Civic Centre, Charlottetown, PE Ponoka Ag Event Centre, Ponoka, AB Iron Horse Eq Ctr, Burlington, ON Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley, BC Red Deer, AB Blue Star Farm, Mount Albert, ON Doornekamp Farm, Odessa, ON Beaulieu, Ste Justine de Newton, QC Cornerstone Equestrian Centre, Moffat, ON Sandcastle Farm, Saskatoon, SK Eastwood, London, ON Coldbrook, NS Lane's End Stables, Bobcaygeon, ON Terelisa Farm, North Augusta, ON Essa Agriplex, Essa, ON Angelstone Farm, Rockwood, ON Coveside Stables, Chester, NS Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Chilliwack, BC Iron Horse Equestrian Ctr, Burlington, ON Harvey Station, NB Robinson Farm, Sutton, ON Orangeville Agricultural Society, Orangeville Saskatoon, SK D&D Stables, Cap Pele, NB Elite Equine Ctr, Fenwick, ON Essa Agriplex, Essa, ON Angelstone Farms, Rockwood, ON Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB MREC, Maple Ridge, BC RMSJ, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver, BC Ponoka Ag-Event Center, Ponoka, AB Saddlewood Equestrian Centre, Bethany, ON Saddlewood Equestrian Centre, Bethany, ON Berwick, ON Cedar Run Horse Park, Thornbury, ON Hants County Exhibition, Windsor, NS Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie, AB Sterling Creek, Noonan, NB Woodwind Farm, Jarratt, ON Les Ecuries O'neill-Rondot, Saint Apollinaire, QC

MHC Facility, Bird's Hill Park, MB

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to engage the students were those who provided an application and/ or a rationale for what they taught. Interestingly, the teachers who did not teach this way were often those to whom information, like math for example, came naturally. They were not as good at teaching concepts as the ones who had to struggle themselves and had to understand why things were the way they were. Developing a “thinking rider” through two-way communication is important and I hope this article will provide food for thought at the very least.

A Better Way to Learn is to Understand by Victoria Andrew, EC/NCCP National Master Learning Facilitator

In the old days, before education changed for the better, school teachers provided facts and information. We were expected to listen, memorize and regurgitate information on an exam. To this day most of us can’t remember any of it! I was lucky when I learned to ride, I had the benefit of good teachers. I was taught the basics as a youngster and learned how to care for a horse. I just wanted to ride and didn’t much care about the “whys and wherefores.” 34

As I progressed, however, I was encouraged to ask questions, problem solve and make my own corrections based on my developing “feel” and understanding of the sport. I learned why I was doing things, why the horse was reacting or not reacting to my aids. Even as a teenager I wanted to know why a particular exercise worked or didn’t work for a particular horse. In my role as a school principal, I have sat in many classrooms watching teachers teach. In my experience, the teachers who were best able

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in Canada is focusing on areas that some coaches may have neglected in the past. To be successful in all contexts of the coaching program, it is important to understand what is required. For some, it is exactly what they already do; for others, it will require a fundamental change in approach. All coaches need an analytical eye. Without it, there is no point in coaching. If you can’t see where the problems are then you can’t improve the rider/horse performance. A successful coach has this skill. The coach provides corrections. The more experience a coach has, the more “tools” they will have to make these corrections. The coach has to dig into the “tool bag” for plan B, C, D and E if plan A doesn’t appear to be solving the problem. So far so good! Now comes the challenge that is easier for some coaches to address than others. We know that the most successful athletes are the independent thinkers and the problem solvers. The NCCP approach encourages coaches to develop athletes who can think


critically about their performance. Coaches are expected to train riders to be independent, to make appropriate decisions in the moment, preparing them to deal with issues in competition when the coach isn’t right beside them telling them what to do. To develop this skill in our riders, coaches have to ask questions and provide rationale for instructions they give. Riders must be put into situations where they can learn and apply these skills. Coaches at the higher levels have usually been top riders themselves. Many of them have a natural talent. Through good coaching or natural feel, they are able to correct a problem or improve a performance practically on their own. They may never have had to consider the “why” and the “how” since it all came quite naturally to them. All coaches need to learn how to teach effectively. Effective teaching is more than simply imparting accurate technical information; it involves knowing how people learn and ensuring they understand. I have heard many reasons why coaches find all this communication difficult or unnecessary. I have been told: “I coach, I don’t teach”; “This is a rider I have worked with for a long time. I know she understands why she is doing this exercise”; “My job is to improve this horse and rider not to spend time asking a bunch of questions and explaining. That is someone else’s job.” Coaches, who use two-way communication and involve their riders in the decision-making, find that it does not interfere with practice time because they have learned to blend the appropriate amount of information and questioning with

silence and observation. They have also learned that one can never assume that someone else along the line has educated the rider. A clinic situation is a prime example. The clinician can repeat the same instruction over and over and nothing happens. Does the rider not “get it”? It amazes me how huge the gaps are in some riders’ knowledge of the sport. When asked to explain something as simple as why the outside rein might be useful in a turn, the answers can be quite surprising! Many riders have never been asked before. David O’Connor, previous coach of the Canadian eventing team, is a master at educating his riders. He teaches awareness. A rider on a cross-country course without the ability to realize there is a problem runs the risk of a serious accident. There should be little to say to a rider before a competition if the work has been done at home. Those who appear to be giving riding lessons at the horse show have failed to make their riders independent. Do they think that it is good for their business to keep riders guessing? Practice that emphasizes repeating the same task under the same conditions usually leads to rapid improvement in performance: however, this improvement may not be stable or maintained over time. Practice that requires some form of problem solving, known as “decision training”, may not produce as rapid a result early on but leads to superior learning and retention of skills as well as superior transfer of skill into the competitive environment.1 If candidate coaches want to be successful in the new NCCP certification process they must develop the ability to involve their

riders. Not only will candidate coaches be successful in the NCCP certification process but they will also see positive results in the show ring. Riders will learn more effectively and retain more information. As they come up through the competition ranks they will be better prepared to become successful coaches themselves in the future. If coaches are dedicated to improving horses and riders, it is important to ensure that riders understand what they are doing and are provided the opportunity for input. Whose job is this? Without a doubt the Coaching Association of Canada believes that it is OUR job and emphasizes this in coaching evaluations. 1

Taken from: Vickers, J.N. (2002). Decision-training: A New Approach to Practice. Published by the Coaches Association of British Columbia.

Victoria Andrew, M. Ed, is an EC/NCCP English Level 2 coach and retired school principal who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a Senior Equine Canada Hunter and Equitation judge, a certified Master Evaluator and Master Learning Facilitator for the Equine Canada and the NCCP. She has been closely involved with coaching certification from its inception and continues to work towards successful implementation of the new programs. Victoria continues to combine her love of teaching and passion for horses to help improve teaching and communication skills for equestrian coaches in all contexts. She specializes in developing thinking riders who understand the importance of improving their horses every time they ride.

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Le message du président Le printemps est habituellement une période très occupée dans notre sport et notre industrie, et celui-ci ne fait aucunement exception. Nous avons tenu, le mois dernier, un premier symposium de dressage de haute performance dont l’objectif était d’élaborer un plan à long terme pour l’avenir du dressage au Canada. Cet événement a réuni des administrateurs du sport et des athlètes renommés venus de partout en Amérique du Nord et même de Grande-Bretagne, ainsi que des membres d’équipes de soutien et de comités de dressage, des propriétaires de chevaux et des commanditaires. Dirigés par un animateur de premier plan, les nombreux débats et discussions sur l’avenir du dressage au Canada ont été vifs et engageants. À la lumière des données recueillies lors de ce symposium, nous préparons actuellement un plan de mise en œuvre afin de concrétiser nos objectifs. Nous communiquerons ce plan à l’ensemble du milieu du dressage. Ironie du sort, alors que nous nous attardions à tracer une voie pour notre sport, nos cavaliers et nos équipes olympiques, nous avons appris que le comité de dressage de la Fédération équestre internationale (FEI) préparait de nouvelles procédures de qualification aux Jeux olympiques qui risquent sans peine d’exclure le Canada des épreuves olympiques. Des changements semblables sont proposés pour le concours complet; ils sont d’importance moindre, mais tout de même une source de préoccupation. Nous travaillons avec grande diligence avec des représentants d’autres pays des Amériques pour proposer une solution de rechange plus équitable. (Si vous souhaitez obtenir de plus amples renseignements à ce sujet, consultez la section des nouvelles de notre site Web.) J’ai été très heureux de représenter le Canada aux premiers Caribbean Children’s Jumper Championship de Wellington en Floride. Comme plusieurs d’entre vous le savent, le Canada est membre du groupe IV de la FEI, lequel est composé du Canada, des États-Unis et des îles des Caraïbes de langues autres que l’espagnol. L’une des responsabilités du Canada et des États-Unis est de soutenir le développement de notre sport dans ces îles. Or, il est à toutes fins pratiques impossible pour les jeunes

cavaliers des îles de transporter leurs chevaux à l’étranger. Toutefois, une idée exprimée pour régler ce problème s’est enfin concrétisée cette année : les meilleurs cavaliers de saut d’obstacles âgés de 14 à 18 ans ont pu se rendre en Floride où les attendaient des chevaux prêtés pour le concours international de trois jours à Wellington. De jeunes cavaliers des États-Unis ont concouru aux côtés des cavaliers caribéens, mais malheureusement, aucun cheval ou cavalier canadien n’était présent car tous ceux qui avaient participé aux concours avaient déjà quitté pour la saison. Les cavaliers des Caraïbes ont vécu une expérience compétitive dont ils se souviendront certainement toute leur vie! Le comité organisateur du concours de Wellington (dirigé par Michael Stone) et l’United States Equestrian Federation (dirigée par Christine Tauber) ont réservé un accueil extraordinaire aux visiteurs internationaux, notamment une visite des écuries, une réception au concours international de dressage et une reconnaissance du parcours de Grand Prix avec le concepteur Michel Vaillancourt. Cet événement a été mémorable et nous espérons que les cavaliers canadiens pourront participer l’an prochain s’il se déroule un peu plus tôt. Un concours de même type pourrait éventuellement être offert en dressage. J’invite le milieu canadien de dressage à organiser un concours sur invitation pour les jeunes de 14 à 18 ans sur des chevaux prêtés. Pour obtenir un supplément d’information sur ces projets, n’hésitez pas à me contacter. Michael Gallagher, Président, Canada Hippique equinecanada April | May 2013 37


Spruce Meadows classé au premier échelon par le NARG Spruce Meadows, le réputé site de saut d’obstacles de Calgary, AB, a été sélectionné trois années de suite comme organisateur du meilleur tournoi d’Amérique du Nord par le North American Riders Group (NARG). Célèbre dans le monde entier, Spruce Meadows a été évalué selon de nombreux critères, dont les surfaces des manèges, les prix en espèces, l’hébergement des chevaux, la participation, le design des parcours, le volet technique, l’organisation et la couverture médiatique. Le NARG est d’avis qu’aucun des 1 300 tournois admissibles à l’évaluation n’accorde à la haute performance le même niveau de soutien que Spruce Meadows, où les plus hautes normes gouvernent tous les concours, et qui offre aux athlètes du monde entier la possibilité de cumuler des points donnant droit au classement international. « C’est un honneur pour Spruce Meadows de recevoir une telle distinction de la part du NARG », a déclaré Ian Allison, vice-président senior aux services médiatiques de Spruce Meadows. « Nous prenons ce prix et les compliments

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très au sérieux, de même que la critique du NARG et les mesures suggérées afin de nous perfectionner. Nous cherchons continuellement à rehausser notre offre. Je constate que d’autres le font aussi, si j’en juge par la qualité et les améliorations remarquées dans d’autres tournois nord-américains. L’évaluation du NARG est devenue un point de repère important et hautement crédible au sein de notre sport. » Parmi les autres sites du Canada ayant mérité une mention au top 25 du NARG pour l’excellence de leurs tournois, il y a au troisième rang le Thunderbird Show Park de Langley, C.-B., le Concours hippique Royal de Toronto, ON, qui est classé dixième et l’International Bromont en 20e place. Au total, Spruce Meadows accueillera 46 épreuves classées FEI en 2013, réparties sur un circuit d’été de cinq semaines en juin et juillet. Ceci comprend la nouvelle qualification de Coupe des nations Furusiyya, deux épreuves de grand prix de 400 000$, trois qualifications de Coupe du monde, ainsi qu’un nouveau circuit de derby 1m45.


Retour du circuit des Classiques de chasse de Saut d’obstacles Canada Avec le retour du circuit des Classiques de chasse de Saut d’obstacles Canada, les projecteurs seront à nouveau braqués sur les cavaliers de cette discipline. Dix épreuves seront présentées sur divers sites canadiens au cours de la saison 2013. Chaque Classique de chasse sera dotée de prix en argent de cinq mille dollars et plus, et se déroulera en deux manches avec cumul de points. Les dix meilleurs cavaliers pourront accéder à la seconde manche où les points seront additionnés afin de déterminer le classement final. Chaque concours de qualification pourra présenter l’une de ces quatre possibilités : une Classique poney, une Classique junior/amateur de 3 pi, une Classique ouverte de 3 pi ou une Classique ouverte de 3 pi 6 po. Les exigences de participation à une Classique de chasse de Saut d’obstacles Canada seront précisées dans l’avant-programme de chaque concours, selon le type de classique offert. Les concours qui offriront une Classique de chasse de Saut d’obstacles Canada en 2013 sont :

» Caledonia Classic, AB – le 20 mai » Thunderbird Canadian Premier, C.-B. – du 22 au 26 mai » Concours hippiques du Parc, QC – du 5 au 9 juin » Cedar Run Classic, ON – du 3 au 7 juillet » International Bromont, QC – du 17 au 21 juillet » Heart of the Continent, MB – du 1er au 4 août » Jump with Hope with Kids with Cancer, AB – du 1er au 4 août » Rocky Mountain Classic I, AB – du 7 au 11 août » Angelstone National Phase 2, ON – du 28 août au 1er septembre » EMG Autumn Classic, ON – du 12 au 15 septembre Tous les détails au sujet du circuit des Classiques de chasse de Saut d’obstacles Canada se trouvent sur le site Web de Saut d’obstacles Canada.

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| CANADA HIPPIQUE | Ainsley Vince et Freida Photo © Cealy Tetley

Profil d’Ainsley Vince, Membre de la liste courte de l’équipe canadienne de saut d’obstacles pour l’année 2013


insley Vince, de Burlington, Ontario, n’est pas issue d’une famille férue de chevaux, ce qui n’a toutefois pas empêché cette cavalière très douée d’accéder aux plus hauts sommets du sport. Très jeune, elle devient l’une des meilleures cavalières du Canada en chasse et équitation, raflant au terme de sa carrière junior, la Médaille EEC et le championnat d’équitation de chasse dans le cadre du Concours hippique Royal de 1994. La même année, au National Horse Show de New York, elle est finaliste lors de la prestigieuse Médaille Maclay de l’AHSA, où elle prendra le second rang. « Honnêtement, je ne me souviens pas de l’âge que j’avais lorsque j’ai commencé à monter à cheval, raconte la cavalière de 36 ans. Ma mère possède une photo de moi à trois ans en habit de neige sur un poney. Je les 40

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rendais fous, car à chaque fois que je voyais un cheval, ou même une photo de cheval, je voulais monter dessus! » Cette passion lui a permis de s’accomplir en tant que cavalière. En 1995, alors qu’elle n’a que 18 ans, elle devient membre de la courte liste canadienne en saut d’obstacles pour la première fois. En plus de ses nombreuses participations aux épreuves de Coupe des nations, elle représente fièrement le Canada aux finales de Coupe du monde de 2000, 2003 et 2004. Son succès en grand prix est largement attribuable à son fantastique partenariat avec Catch 22, le warmblood hollandais acquis en 1996 du double médaillé d’or olympique de l’équipe américaine, McLain Ward. Après un peu moins de trois ans ensemble, ils se classaient en tête des sélections pour les Jeux panaméricains de 1999 et se rendaient à Winnipeg en tant que couple suppléant.


Vince forme une unité solide avec tous ses chevaux, et c’est ce qui explique la place de choix qu’elle occupe dans le milieu du saut d’obstacles. « J’ai la chance de pouvoir former mes montures, ce qui contribue aussi à mon développement, explique-t-elle. Lorsqu’on constate les résultats et qu’ils progressent de jour en jour, c’est une merveilleuse sensation. Les voir passer du camp des jeunes chevaux à celui des prétendants à la victoire en grand prix, constitue l’expérience la plus gratifiante qui soit. » Ainsley Vince participe actuellement avec des montures en devenir, dont Frieda, une jument Sachsen-Anhaltiner de douze ans appartenant au Groupe KMA. Ensemble, elles se sont classées de nombreuses fois au top dix des épreuves de grand prix nord-américaines. « Elle m’accompagne depuis qu’elle a cinq ans, dit-elle au sujet de Frieda. Elle avait été importée pour Éric Lamaze auprès de qui je travaillais. J’allais la monter chaque jour tout au long de sa quarantaine et j’ai craqué pour elle. Je venais de vendre mon meilleur cheval, Uno, et le syndicat qui le possédait était intéressé à acheter un autre cheval. J’ai eu beaucoup de chance de pouvoir compter sur des gens merveilleux qui acceptaient de me soutenir. J’ai aussi obtenu de l’aide d’Enda Carroll de la ferme belge Ashford qui me dénichait de magnifiques jeunes chevaux. »

« J’ai l’impression que mes parents ne savaient pas dans quel bateau ils venaient de s’embarquer lorsqu’ils m’ont permis de monter à cheval, dit-elle en riant. Ils sont à l’écurie chaque week-end et ont même acheté des chevaux pour eux-mêmes. Ma mère traite mes chevaux à la retraite comme ses bébés. Mes parents ont toujours été près de moi et je leur en suis extrêmement reconnaissante. » Vince croit qu’ils ont fait cela dans le but de garder leurs trois filles dans le droit chemin. « Mes soeurs ont choisi le même sport que moi. Pendant que les autres jeunes trainaient au centre d’achats, nous astiquions notre équipement à l’écurie. Nous avons appris à se fixer des objectifs et à développer une forte éthique professionnelle, même lorsque les choses ne vont pas aussi bien qu’on le voudrait. Je ne crois pas que mes parents savaient vraiment où cela nous mènerait – mais je suis certaine qu’ils sont heureux du résultat. » Même s’il leur a été difficile de chausser les bottes de sept lieues d’Ainsley, ses soeurs ont réussi à relever le défi. À l’âge de 33 ans, Courtney mène à bien sa carrière en Europe où elle vit, tandis que Sydney, 30 ans, se fait connaître en Amérique du Nord aux côtés d’Ainsley.

C’est un autre syndicat, le Darling Group, qui a fait l’achat de la deuxième monture de grand prix de Vince, la jument Darling. Dès leurs débuts en grand prix l’année dernière, elles accédaient aux premiers rangs de deux concours qui se tenaient à Rockwood, Ontario, en obtenant une quatrième place au Grand Prix de 50 000$ du concours Angelstone National III, et une seconde position au Grand Prix Rockwood de 50 000$ lors du CSI2* Angelstone International.

Outre sa fructueuse carrière équestre, Vince veille au développement des futures stars du sport, ce qui lui vaut, depuis trois ans, le titre d’entraîneur de l’année en saut d’obstacles de la part de l’Ontario Hunter Jumper Association. Revenant à ses anciennes amours, la discipline d’équitation, elle a accompagné son élève Ashlee Steffen vers le podium de la Médaille Saut d’obstacles Canada lors de la finale qui se tenait en 2012 à l’occasion du Concours hippique Royal. Agir comme mentor auprès des jeunes est une activité qu’elle souhaite poursuivre, tant en équitation qu’en chasse et saut d’obstacles.

Vince décrit sa Westphalienne de neuf ans comme étant « très puissante et brave », ajoutant qu’elle prend le temps qu’il faut pour peaufiner son développement. « Jusqu’à maintenant, dit-elle, elle nous a émerveillés dans tout ce que nous lui avons demandé. Je dispose désormais d’un piquet de chevaux de fort calibre, ce qui m’a manqué durant des années, et j’en suis tout à fait ravie. »

« Je suis une fervente partisane de la discipline d’équitation, explique-t-elle. Cela donne les outils pour participer par la suite en chasse et saut d’obstacles. Ceux qui excellent en équitation brilleront éventuellement en chasse tout autant qu’en saut d’obstacles. Je suis convaincue que l’on devrait d’abord enseigner aux élèves à acquérir une bonne base en équitation. »

À la tête du centre Linden Ridge Limited situé dans sa ville natale de Burlington, elle jouit d’un immense soutien de la part de ses parents, Don et Marsie, ainsi que de ses soeurs cadettes Courtney et Sydney.

Une philosophie maintes fois avérée si l’on considère le succès dont Ainsley Vince jouit en tant qu’athlète et entraîneure. Nul doute que l’avenir en recèle beaucoup d’autres pour elle. equinecanada April | May 2013 41


Ashley Gowanlock et Ferdonia 2 Lauren Barwick et Off to Paris

Madison Lawson et McGuire

Robyn Andews et Fancianna

Jody Schloss et Inspector Rebus Lynne Poole et Vasco E

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Un championnat Para-équestre pour les cavalières canadiennes lors de l’édition 2013 du Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*


’Équipe para-équestre canadienne a réalisé un véritable exploit dès le début de la saison 2013 dans le cadre du Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*. En plus d’une victoire en équipe, les cavalières se sont offert 10 des 15 épreuves en individuel présentées du 14 au 17 mars sur le magnifique site équestre Palm Beach International Equestrian Center de Wellington, FL. Après addition des notes obtenues dans l’épreuve d’équipe et dans l’épreuve en individuel, la victoire est allée aux Canadiennes Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock, Lynne Poole et Jody Schloss qui ont enregistré 399,598 % devant le pays hôte, les États-Unis, qui a dû se contenter du second rang avec 373,422 %. En individuel, Schloss (Toronto, ON) a dominé les trois épreuves de sa catégorie 1a sur Inspector Rebus, son warmblood hollandais de 15 ans. Ce couple a reçu une note de 63,913 % (épreuve d’équipe), 65,362 % (championnat individuel) et 69,000 % (reprise


libre). Robyn Andrews (St-Jean, TN), qui participait également dans cette catégorie sur sa jument Fanciana, une warmblood de 12 ans, s’est classée deuxième partout avec 63,116 % (épreuve d’équipe), 64,130 % (championnat individuel) et 65,500 % (reprise libre). Gowanlock (Surrey, C.-B.), qui montait la jument Oldenburg de dix ans de Lauren Barwick, Ferdonia 2, a remporté les trois épreuves de sa catégorie 1b, avec comme résultats 65,200 % (épreuve d’équipe), 67,011 % (championnat individuel) et 68,417 % (reprise libre). Barwick (Aldergrove, C.-B.) était sur la selle de Off to Paris, la jument Oldenburg de dix ans de Canada Hippique. Ce couple a aussi raflé tous les rubans de première place dans sa catégorie II, les juges leur ayant octroyé 68,922 % (épreuve d’équipe), 69,190 % (championnat individuel) et 68,667 % (reprise libre). « Nous nous concentrons sur les mouvements qui ont besoin d’être peaufinés, en n’exécutant que ceux-


là avant de procéder aux enchaînements. C’est un bon défi pour moi car je préfère les travailler tous ensemble. En mettant l’accent sur certains mouvements, les aspect sur lesquels on excelle sont un peu délaissés », a dit la médaillée d’or et d’argent des Jeux paralympiques de 2008, qui possède aussi une certification professionnelle quatre étoiles de Parelli. « Il s’agissait de ma première compétition internationale depuis Londres, alors je n’étais pas très stressée. Je vais préparer ma jument pour les Jeux équestres mondiaux de 2014, et j’ai bien hâte. » « J’étais très très heureuse de revoir Ferdonia 2 dans la carrière après la blessure qu’elle a subie l’an dernier. Elle n’est à l’entraînement que depuis quatre mois, alors je suis ravie des notes qu’elle a reçues et je me réjouis à la perspective de la voir briller comme avant », a-t-elle ajouté. Pour sa part, Lynne Poole (Schomberg, ON) est montée sur la première marche du podium dans l’épreuve d’équipe de catégorie VI (64,048 %) sur Vasco E, son warmblood hollandais de onze ans, tandis qu’elle se classait cinquième sur Frisbee, son hongre welsh de 21 ans. Madison Lawson (Bonfield, ON) et McGuire, son cheval de sport canadien de 18 ans ont obtenu une troisième position (63,016 %). En championnat individuel, Poole et Vasco E se sont classés troisièmes avec 64,524 %, Poole et Frisbee étaient cinquièmes tandis que Lawson et McGuire remontaient au second rang avec 64,960 %. Ces derniers ont aussi été classés deuxièmes en reprise libre de catégorie VI (68,667 %), alors que Poole et Vasco E prenaient la troisième position avec 67,167 %. Quatrième sur Frisbee, Poole fermait les rangs canadiens avec 65,250 %. « Je suis bien satisfaite de nos résultats lors de ce concours, a déclaré l’entraîneure nationale Andrea Taylor qui était au poste de chef d’équipe. Certaines cavalières participaient pour la première fois depuis Londres, et les juges n’étaient pas plus généreux qu’il le fallait. Il y a eu des erreurs assez évidentes mais dans l’ensemble elles ont réussi à se démarquer. J’ai remarqué avec plaisir la qualité de l’entraînement qu’elles obtiennent auprès de leurs entraîneurs personnels. C’est un immense pas en avant pour le sport canadien de para-dressage. » La participation à ce concours de Floride a été rendue possible grâce au programme À nous le podium, une initiative sportive nationale créée afin de venir en aide aux athlètes canadiens prenant part aux sports d’été et d’hiver, afin qu’ils puissent atteindre le podium aux Jeux olympiques et paralympiques.

Para-équestre Canada présente les bénéficiaires de sa première série de subventions de concours de 2013 Para-équestre Canada, de concert avec Sport Canada, invite les cavaliers avec une incapacité à participer aux concours au moyen de son programme de subventions. Dans le cadre de cette initiative, les centres d’équitation thérapeutique qui offrent de nouvelles possibilités de compétition ou améliorent leur programme déjà existant de compétition à l’intention des cavaliers avec une incapacité sont admissibles à une subvention pouvant s’élever à 500 $. À la conclusion de la première série de la saison de 2013, un total de trois subventions de 500 $ a été octroyé aux centres suivants : • TEAD (The Equestrian Association for the Disabled), Mount Hope, ON • Mission Therapeutic Riding, Mission, C.-B., et • Ambleside Farm, Victoria, C.-B. Grâce à ce programme, lancé en 2008, plus de 54 subventions ont été remises au cours des cinq dernières années à des centres canadiens d’équitation thérapeutique. Elles ont aidé des cavaliers avec une incapacité à découvrir le sport para-équestre, notamment par un soutien aux cavaliers malentendants ou ayant une déficience visuelle, par du financement aux concours-école ou aux cavaliers désireux de participer à des concours, et par l’achat d’un nouvel ordinateur pour soutenir le processus de demande de concours par vidéo. La date limite de mise en candidature pour la seconde série de subventions de 2013 est le 15 juillet 2013. Les centres intéressés à présenter une demande le feront par l’entremise du site Web de Para-équestre Canada au Si vous avez des questions liées à ce projet ou à toute autre initiative de Para-équestre Canada, communiquez avec Para-équestre Canada au ou au (613) 287–1515 poste 143. equinecanada April | May 2013 43


Votre remorque est-elle prête pour la route?


Conseils pour transporter votre cheval en toute sécurité cette saison

vec la saison de concours à nos portes et, enfin, l’éclosion d’une température plus clémente, il y a fort à parier que vous avez déjà commencé votre ménage du printemps annuel pour vous et votre cheval : des soins plus attentionnés à votre harnachement ou un inventaire de vos vêtements et de votre équipement. Mais avez-vous oublié l’une des plus importantes préparations en vue du beau temps qui se pointe? Que ce soit à destination de concours locaux, nationaux ou internationaux, ou de sentiers pour une promenade en compagnie de vos amis, vous parcourrez de nombreux kilomètres cette saison. Il est donc crucial de vous assurer que votre ami à quatre pattes soit 44

transporté en toute sécurité dans une remorque solide et aussi confortable que possible. Dans cet esprit, voici quelques éléments dont vous devrez tenir compte avant d’embarquer votre cheval et de prendre la route.

Redonnez vie à votre remorque Si votre remorque est demeurée inopérante tout l’hiver, vous devrez prendre diverses mesures avant de la remettre sur la route. Si vous vous en sentez capable, vous pouvez le faire vous-même. Sinon, apportez-la à un centre d’entretien automobile (idéalement spécialisé dans l’entretien des remorques) pour un service professionnel.


Lors de l’inspection en vue d’une remise sur la route, vous ou votre mécanicien devrez vérifier les éléments suivants : 1. Effectuez une inspection visuelle de l’extérieur et de l’intérieur de la remorque pour vérifier la présence de tout dommage structurel, de rouille importante et de tout autre dommage ou usure extrême. Portez une attention plus particulière au plancher, aux poutres porteuses et au train roulant. 2. Retirez tous les pneus, ainsi que les moyeux et les tambours de frein. Vérifiez les garnitures de freins, les tambours et l’avant de l’armature pour y détecter tout signe d’éraflure, de dégradation ou d’usure importante. Assurez-vous également que les bagues d’étanchéité d’huile et de graisse ne présentent aucune détérioration, entaille ou usure. 3. Utilisez un ohmmètre afin de mesurer la résistance magnétique de l’aimant-frein (laquelle devrait être de 3,2 ohms). 4. Enduisez toutes les pièces mobiles des freins d’un lubrifiant à frein pour températures élevées, mais faites extrêmement attention de ne pas en appliquer sur les garnitures de frein ou sur la face de l’aimantfrein. 5. Utilisez une toile à polir ou du papier abrasif fin pour enlever doucement la rouille sur la piste de freinage et sur la surface de l’armature du tambour. 6. Vérifiez si la suspension présente des dommages et de l’usure. 7. Vérifiez les boulons importants de la remorque (y compris la jumelle de ressort, la main de ressort à glissière et la bride centrale) afin de vous assurer qu’ils respectent les tensions de serrage recommandées pour votre modèle particulier de remorque. Une fois complétés l’inspection et l’entretien initiaux, la prochaine étape est d’accrocher la remorque au véhicule et de vous assurer que l’attelage se fixe correctement à la boule. Une fois la remorque convenablement accrochée, il est essentiel de vérifier si le support de la boule présente un angle approprié afin que la remorque demeure tout à fait à niveau lors du déplacement. Ce détail est d’une importance cruciale, car si elle n’est pas à niveau, sa traction sera mauvaise. La remorque risque alors de

ballotter de droite à gauche ou de balancer, les pneus s’useront inégalement et l’attelage sera davantage susceptible de s’éjecter de la boule, décrochant ainsi la remorque du véhicule-tracteur. De plus, le voyage dans une remorque qui n’est pas à niveau sera plus difficile pour le cheval, car celui-ci peinera à garder son équilibre. Si vous devez remplacer l’attelage, veillez à ce que le nouveau convienne au poids nominal brut de la remorque (PNBV). Par exemple, une remorque d’un PNBV de 5000 lb doit être attachée à un attelage d’une classification nominale de 5000 lb. Rappelez-vous également que toutes les pièces de l’attelage (y compris la boule et le support de la boule) doivent appartenir à la même classification nominale, car dans ce cas précis, « le tout est aussi fort que la somme de ses différentes composantes ».

Inspection de la remorque avant le déplacement Que vous tiriez votre remorque pour la première fois cette année ou que vous l’ayez déjà utilisée régulièrement, vous devriez revérifier les éléments suivants avant chaque déplacement (tant au bout de la rue qu’à travers le pays) :

Lumières Vérifiez les lumières pour vous assurer qu’elles fonctionnent bien. Inspectez et testez chaque lumière, y compris celles des freins, les feux de direction, l’éclairage périmétrique et les feux de position.

Pneus Vérifiez l’état d’usure et la présence de pourriture sèche et de tout autre type de détérioration des pneus. Quel que soit le kilométrage effectif parcouru, les pneus de la remorque devraient être remplacés à tous les trois à cinq ans. Contrôlez la pression des pneus, y compris les pneus intérieurs des roues jumelées, ainsi que la roue de secours. Inspectez les roulements de moyeu. Leur entretien doit être effectué à tous les ans (ou environ à tous les 20 000 km). Gardez à bord des pièces de rechange. equinecanada April | May 2013 45


Freins Suivant la taille de la remorque et la réglementation des véhicules automobiles de votre province, les freins de votre remorque seront aux deux ou aux quatre roues et seront électriques, à inertie ou hydrauliques. Le processus d’inspection et de contrôle diffère selon le type de freins. Donc, si vous êtes incertain de vos connaissances sur le processus approprié pour le type précis de freins de votre remorque, demandez l’aide d’une personne expérimentée. Si votre remorque est munie d’un système de freinage automatique (dispositif habituellement situé sur l’attelage de la remorque et indépendant des autres systèmes de freinage, qui n’est activé que si la remorque est libérée du véhicule-tracteur), celui-ci doit être inspecté et contrôlé avant chaque déplacement afin de s’assurer qu’il est correctement branché. Vous devez également vérifier la charge de la batterie et vous assurer de vous munir d’une batterie supplémentaire pleinement chargée.

Attelage Ceci semble parfois évident, mais plus un objet est gros, plus il est facile d’en faire abstraction. Donc, revérifiez, et revérifiez encore, que l’attelage est bien attaché à la boule. Vérifiez si l’attelage est adéquatement lubrifié. Utilisez toujours des chaînes de sécurité (aussi nommées câbles de sécurité). Elles empêchent la remorque de se détacher du véhicule-tracteur si l’attelage débarque de la boule d’une façon ou d’une autre. Avant même de prendre la route, vérifiez si les chaînes de sécurité sont convenablement fixées. Si votre remorque est à pare-chocs (tag-along ou bumper), les chaînes doivent être reliées à l’attelage fixé au châssis. Dans le cas d’un attelage de remorque col de cygne (gooseneck), les chaînes seront fixées directement au châssis du véhicule-tracteur. La longueur des chaînes est aussi importante : elles ne doivent pas toucher le sol, mais elles doivent être suffisamment longues pour permettre à la remorque de tourner sans devenir tendues ou étirées.

Composantes électriques En règle générale, les remorques à chevaux sont équipées de composantes électriques qui contrôlent les freins électriques, ainsi que les lumières extérieures 46

et intérieures et les feux de direction de la remorque. Inspectez tous les fils électriques, les connecteurs et toutes les autres composantes électriques pour détecter les débranchements éventuels, les effilochages, la rouille, l’usure et les détériorations.

Autres mesures de sécurité Vérifiez toujours les niveaux de liquide du véhiculetracteur avant votre départ. Le remorquage impose un effort supplémentaire à la transmission, aux freins et au radiateur; par conséquent, il est extrêmement important de maintenir les liquides de ces composantes au niveau approprié. Si votre remorque n’a pas été utilisée récemment, inspectez soigneusement l’intérieur pour éviter d’être confronté à un danger potentiel, comme un nid de guêpe, par exemple ! Ne surchargez jamais votre remorque. Calculez avec précision le poids total de tous les chevaux à bord afin de vous assurer de demeurer sous la capacité nominale brute de votre remorque et du véhicule-tracteur. L’idéal, avant de prendre officiellement la route, serait d’effectuer un examen rapide final de la remorque et du véhicule-tracteur après quelques minutes de déplacement. Arrêtez à la fin de l’allée ou garez-vous sur le bord de la route et procédez à une dernière inspection. Si vous avez omis quelque chose, vous le remarquez fort probablement à ce moment et éviterez ainsi un souci majeur une fois rendu sur une autoroute achalandée, avec un nombre limité d’options et la possibilité d’un danger imminent pour vous et votre cheval.

L’essentiel en voyage Certains outils, fournitures, produits et autres articles d’urgence devraient en tout temps être conservés dans votre remorque, notamment : Un ou des pneus de secours, des roulements de moyeu de rechange, un démonte-roue, un démonte-pneu, un cric hydraulique et un cric manuel. Au moins trois triangles de signalisation d’urgence ou fusées lumineuses. Un compresseur d’air portatif. Des câbles de démarrage.


Une chaîne de remorquage. Une trousse à outils entièrement approvisionnée. Du lubrifiant (par exemple du WD 40). Des courroies, des fusibles et des ampoules de rechange (tant pour l’intérieur que pour l’extérieur). Des trousses de premiers soins pour humains et pour chevaux (entièrement approvisionnées). Un extincteur (revérifiez toujours la date d’expiration). Des gants de travail. De l’eau potable, des seaux et au moins une balle de foin par cheval. Une lampe de poche en état de fonctionnement et une réserve de piles. Du ruban isolant et du ruban adhésif en toile. Un couteau (pour couper des cordes ou des filets à foin emmêlés et autres utilisations en situation d’urgence). Un licol et une laisse de rechange pour chaque cheval. Le licol doit être fabriqué dans un matériel qui se rompra sous la pression, tel que le cuir. Le licol de nylon ne doit jamais être utilisé en cours de transport. Il est important de dresser un inventaire de ces fournitures avant chaque déplacement et de remplacer tout article manquant ou en mauvaise condition. Par ailleurs, certains autres articles essentiels devraient être conservés dans le véhicule-tracteur, notamment le certificat d’immatriculation et la preuve d’assurance du véhicule et de la remorque. Assurez-vous également d’apporter un cellulaire ou une radio BP, de l’argent supplémentaire ou une carte de crédit pour les urgences et des cartes routières ou un GPS si vous devez voyager en territoire inconnu. equinecanada April | May 2013 47


Si vous devez temporairement traverser la frontière ou si vous importez ou exportez un cheval, il vous faudra sans doute certains certificats de santé et preuves de vaccination. Ces exigences varient d’un lieu à l’autre et sont susceptibles d’être modifiées à la suite de l’éclosion d’une maladie; par conséquent, informez-vous à cet égard avant de vous rendre aux douanes. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le passage des frontières sont publiés sur le site Web de Canada Hippique.

Procédures d’urgence Espérons que vous ne subirez jamais d’accident - mais c’est toujours une bonne idée de se préparer pour le pire. Il est capital de vous munir de trousses d’urgence pour humains et pour chevaux. Allez même plus loin : prévoyez une liste d’instructions en cas d’urgence. Les ambulanciers et le personnel médical de secours n’auront sans doute pas les connaissances ni les compétences pour prendre soin de chevaux blessés ou paniqués. Il serait donc sage de mettre par écrit des instructions d’urgence et de placer celles-ci bien en évidence. Inscrivez le nom et le numéro de téléphone d’une personne-ressource qui pourra être jointe pour des conseils et des instructions (par exemple votre vétérinaire ou un ami connaisseur).

Confort du cheval Peu importe que votre cheval embarque bien en remorque ou qu’il se comporte convenablement durant le voyage, rappelez-vous qu’un déplacement en remorque est une expérience plutôt désagréable pour lui. Une telle situation le force à se tenir debout dans un endroit confiné, à utiliser une force musculaire considérable pour demeurer en équilibre et à affronter un mouvement constant, des bruits intenses et des odeurs inconnues. Toutefois, vous pouvez prendre certaines mesures pour minimiser le stress et l’inconfort de votre cheval et accroître sa sécurité. Évaluez la taille de votre cheval par rapport à celle de la remorque. Un cheval de 17,3 mains risque grandement de manquer de confort et de sécurité dans une petite remorque compacte à deux chevaux. Protégez les membres de votre cheval à l’aide de bandes et de guêtres de transport adéquates.


Si votre cheval est grand ou a tendance à se blesser à la tête (par exemple, certains chevaux balancent leur tête et leur encolure de haut en bas lorsqu’ils sont stressés ou ennuyés), songez à fixer un protège-tête au licol. Donnez amplement de foin au cheval pour prévenir l’ennui et minimiser son stress. Si un filet à foin est nécessaire, prenez garde que le cheval ne s’y empêtre les membres. Rappelez-vous que le filet à foin s’affaisse à mesure qu’il se vide. Vérifiez les conditions atmosphériques et la température. S’il fait froid, couvrez le cheval d’une bonne couverture. S’il fait chaud, prévoyez la meilleure circulation d’air possible. Si vous partez pour un long voyage, planifiezle adéquatement. Demandez les conseils d’un vétérinaire sur les soins préalables au déplacement quant à l’alimentation, aux électrolytes, etc. En chemin, arrêtez-vous à des intervalles appropriés pour abreuver le cheval et rajouter du foin (il est habituellement conseillé d’abreuver le cheval à toutes les cinq à six heures). Selon le nombre total d’heures de déplacement, votre vétérinaire vous recommandera sans doute d’arrêter au moins une fois pour débarquer le cheval et le faire marcher en main. Dans un tel cas, vous devrez absolument planifier ces arrêts d’avance pour la sécurité de votre animal. N’essayez jamais de le descendre ou de le faire marcher sur une rue achalandée. Idéalement, vous communiquerez avec une clinique vétérinaire ou une installation équestre sur votre route afin d’organiser l’utilisation de leur site pour permettre à votre cheval de se délasser. Si vous sentez un mouvement anormal de la remorque, rangez-vous sur le bord de la route dès qu’il est prudent de le faire et vérifiez l’état des chevaux. Conduisez prudemment et faites preuve de bon sens. L’excès de vitesse, le talonnage, les virages serrés, la course aux feux jaunes, les changements de voie sans signaler et toutes autres pratiques dangereuses au volant mettent votre cheval en danger. Si vous n’avez pas tiré une remorque à chevaux depuis longtemps, le mieux est de faire quelques essais au préalable (sans cheval à bord) pour vous dérouiller et retrouver vos habilités d’autrefois. Votre cheval vous en sera reconnaissant. Bonne route!


Les changements réglementaires relatifs aux médicaments proposés par le gouvernement fédéral affecteront l’industrie équestre Présenté par la Dre Mary Bell, D.M.V. — Présidente, comité de la Santé et du bien-être

En mars dernier, Canada Hippique a représenté l’industrie équestre à la deuxième séance d’information tenue par la Direction des médicaments vétérinaires de Santé Canada. Les participants à cette séance ont principalement discuté des aspects techniques des modernisations proposées à la réglementation sur les médicaments vétérinaires. En ce qui concerne plus particulièrement les chevaux, des changements réglementaires seraient apportés relativement aux produits importés pour un usage personnel. Des dispositions seront également proposées pour autoriser les entreprises pharmaceutiques à mettre en marché des produits homologués dans d’autres pays – mais pas au Canada – dans des cas précis où les entreprises se sont abstenues de présenter une demande d’homologation canadienne de leurs médicaments en raison du marché restreint. La Direction des médicaments vétérinaires propose une approche donnant lieu à une surveillance de l’importation pour usage personnel des médicaments vétérinaires et de l’importation d’ingrédients pharmaceutiques actifs. Les propriétaires de chevaux et les entraîneurs achètent régulièrement des produits à l’étranger et les rapportent au pays pour leur usage personnel. Les changements proposés restreignent les types de produits pouvant être importés et exigent que l’importateur obtienne un permis d’importation. Il a été implicitement mentionné à l’atelier que la nouvelle réglementation sur l’importation pour usage personnel s’applique aux chevaux, car ceux-ci sont susceptibles d’aboutir dans la chaîne alimentaire. Elle ne concerne pas les animaux de compagnie. Bien que le cheval soit fréquemment considéré comme un animal de compagnie, aucune identification permanente n’est associée à un historique médical électronique. (Canada Hippique a demandé qu’on précise clairement si un cheval de compétition sera inscrit dans la catégorie des animaux de compagnie ou celle des animaux destinés à l’alimentation. Dans le cas de la première catégorie, le propriétaire, l’entraîneur ou l’agent n’aura pas besoin d’un permis d’importation pour les médicaments à usage personnel. Toutefois, si le cheval est inscrit dans la seconde catégorie, un tel permis sera exigé.) Les importateurs devront obligatoirement se procurer un permis d’importation où seront inscrits les renseignements complets sur le produit, le nom du vétérinaire au Canada qui supervise l’utilisation du produit, le nombre d’animaux à traiter et le port d’entrée prévu. Santé Canada propose de publier une liste de produits médicamentés qualifiés pour l’émission d’un permis d’importation. L’importation d’antibiotiques et de médicaments

d’ordonnance sera interdite. (Les produits anti-inflammatoires non stéroïdiens, par exemple la Banamine, sont des médicaments d’ordonnance.) Chaque permis n’autorisera qu’un seul approvisionnement de 90 jours. Cette exigence suscite une réelle préoccupation, car certains produits utiles sont beaucoup plus chers au Canada qu’aux ÉtatsUnis. Les propriétaires et les entraîneurs s’approvisionnent souvent où les prix sont les plus bas, ce qui risque d’entraîner un mouvement d’achats non déclarés de produits. Un permis d’importation peut être annulé ou refusé; par conséquent, le défaut de respecter le processus et les dispositions d’obtention du permis est susceptible d’avoir certaines répercussions. Malheureusement, l’industrie équestre canadienne constitue un petit marché pour les entreprises pharmaceutiques. La rareté de médicaments offerts ici comparativement à leur disponibilité aux États-Unis et en Europe est souvent une source de frustration. De plus, les demandes d’homologation auprès de la Direction des médicaments vétérinaires sont coûteuses et le processus est long. Cette situation favorise l’utilisation de produits non prévus pour les chevaux et de remèdes composés. La Direction des médicaments vétérinaires prépare actuellement un modèle qui faciliterait l’accès aux médicaments vétérinaires génériques à usage limité pour espèces mineures. Elle considère le cheval comme une « espèce mineure » en raison de l’insuffisance des produits pharmaceutiques. Ainsi, plusieurs produits homologués pour les chevaux dans d’autres pays seront qualifiés pour une mise en marché au Canada. Présentement, des produits non homologués au Canada pour les chevaux ne peuvent être obtenus que par l’entremise d’un système d’autorisation de médicaments d’urgence. Il en résulte donc des retards pour obtenir les médicaments et des coûts supplémentaires exorbitants pour chaque demande en raison des frais imposés par Santé Canada. Alors que l’industrie équestre continue de faire face aux défis économiques et que le nombre de chevaux diminue, il importe de se doter d’un moyen de se procurer des produits homologués à l’étranger. Si le processus et le coût des produits offerts demeurent économiques, une telle possibilité bénéficiera grandement à l’industrie équestre. Les changements réglementaires proposés sont appelés à être modifiés. Les détails sur le processus et les coûts pour le consommateur sont inconnus pour le moment. Des groupes de l’industrie sont invités à soumettre leurs commentaires et questions à la Direction des médicaments vétérinaires avant le 26 avril 2013 et Canada Hippique présentera ses observations dans le cadre de cette démarche. Si vous désirez en apprendre davantage sur la Direction des médicaments vétérinaires du Canada, consultez le site Web de Santé Canada et inscrivez « Direction des médicaments vétérinaires » dans la case de recherche. equinecanada April | May 2013 49

| CANADA HIPPIQUE | Au concours de Fontainebleau, présenté en France du 21 au 24 mars dernier, Rebecca Howard a terminé au sixième rang de la division CICO 3*, aux rênes de son partenaire olympique, Riddle Master, un cheval issu d’un élevage canadien.

« Riddle Master a été formidable toute la semaine », a dit la cavalière qui vit maintenant au Maizey Manor de Marlborough, en Angleterre. « Il est devenu un vrai pro. Après un hiver auprès de nouveaux entraîneurs, et un déménagement dans un autre pays, c’est un réel plaisir de pouvoir concourir en toute confiance et de bien réussir parmi un grand nombre de participants. » « Riddle Master est en pleine forme et j’essaie d’absorber le maximum d’expérience ici dans mon milieu sportif, afin de m’améliorer constamment », a-t-elle ajouté. La division CICO 3* a été remportée par le médaillé d’or olympique et champion en titre des Jeux équestres mondiaux, l’Allemand Michael Jung.

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Rebecca Howard termine au top six à Fontainebleau L’athlète olympique Rebecca Howard a terminé au sixième rang de la division CICO 3* lors du concours de Fontainebleau, qui se déroulait en France du 21 au 24 mars dernier. Elle était aux rênes de son partenaire olympique Riddle Master, le cheval sportif canadien de douze ans de Blithe Hill Farm. Originaire de Salmon Arm, en Colombie-Britannique, Howard a enregistré son meilleur résultat à vie en dressage, soit 41,0. Puis 5,2 pénalités se sont ajoutées au parcours de cross-country, et quatre de plus en saut d’obstacles lors de la troisième phase. Le couple a ainsi terminé sa prestation avec un score de 50,2, ce qui lui a valu la sixième place sur 78 concurrents. 50

En Amérique du Nord, au cours du week-end du 21 au 24 mars, les cavaliers canadiens de concours complet ont pris part au CIC 2* Poplar Place Farm, ainsi qu’au CIC 1* International Horse Trials, à Hamilton, GA. L’athlète olympique Jessica Phoenix (Cannington, Ont.) était sur la selle de A Little Romance, le pur-sang croisé de huit ans de Don Leschied. Le couple s’est classé cinquième dans la division CIC 2* avec la marque de 72,80. Kyle Carter (Calgary, Alb.) et FR’s Trust Fund, son warmblood hollandais de sept ans, ont obtenu la huitième place, tandis que Phoenix prenait le onzième rang sur Executive Decision, sa warmblood hollandaise croisée de huit ans. Dans la division CIC 1*, Lauren Clark (Uxbridge, Ont.) et sa jument pur-sang de huit ans, Coolumn XV, ont terminé en sixième position avec un score de 58,10. La cavalière de 17 ans a reçu une note de 54,10 en dressage, à laquelle se sont ajoutés quatre points en raison d’une erreur en saut d’obstacles. La dixième place est allée à Jamie Kellock (Cedar Valley, Ont.), 18 ans, qui a enregistré 65,30 sur sa jument pur-sang canadienne de huit ans, Don’t Blink. En douzième position, on retrouvait Stephanie Calvert (Carp, Ont.) et Carp, son pur-sang canadien de onze ans, qui ont obtenu un résultat final de 68,60. Tous les résultats se trouvent sur le site Web de chacun des concours.



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CanEQUID – Le programme canadien de traçabilité des équidés CanEQUID est le nom officiel du programme national de traçabilité des équidés mis en œuvre par Canada Hippique après plus de trois ans de consultations de l’industrie équestre et de ses intervenants. Le programme CanEQUID permettra d’établir un lien entre les divers programmes actuels d’identification des chevaux de l’industrie équestre afin de créer un dossier à vie pour chaque cheval. Quelle sera l’utilité du programme CanEQUID? Ce programme offrira aux propriétaires de chevaux la possibilité d’obtenir un dossier d’identification normalisé de leurs chevaux qui respecte les critères de l’industrie (passeport et tout autre type d’identification pour le sport et l’élevage), ainsi que les exigences gouvernementales aux fins de l’émission d’un certificat d’inspection vétérinaire, d’un certificat de contrôle de l’anémie infectieuse des équidés (test de Coggins) ou d’un manifeste de transport. Canada Hippique travaillera de concert avec le gouvernement à la conversion du système papier actuel de documentation de contrôle et de déplacement des chevaux vers un système électronique.

prévoir une identification obligatoire des chevaux. Les intentions de l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments et d’Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada à cet égard demeurent nébuleuses. Canada Hippique participe depuis 2003 aux discussions sur la traçabilité nationale des animaux d’élevage à titre de représentant de l’industrie équestre canadienne, et continue d’exprimer les intérêts de celle-ci dans le cadre de ces débats. Jusqu’à maintenant, le projet d’Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada d’étendre son programme de traçabilité visait principalement les « espèces prioritaires » (bovins, bisons, chèvres, porcs, volaille) et malgré notre apport aux discussions de planification, le secteur des équidés n’a toujours pas été inclus au processus de développement de ce programme. Les divers secteurs de l’industrie équestre ont adopté des règles de conduite qui précisent les éléments à inclure dans le dossier du cheval, notamment les changements de propriétaire (pour les chevaux enregistrés ou les chevaux de sport ou de course), les dossiers de vaccination (dans certains secteurs sportifs), la participation à des concours hippiques (pour le sport), la participation aux courses à des hippodromes précis (pour la course), etc. Le programme CanEQUID offrira un mécanisme de saisie des renseignements disponibles sur un cheval dans un fichier centralisé à vie, et ce, en fonction des règles établies. Si la réglementation sur la traçabilité des équidés entre un jour en vigueur, le système de dossier à vie CanEQUID permettra aux propriétaires canadiens de chevaux de se conformer à celle-ci.

Quels éléments seront inclus (ou exigés par réglementation) dans un dossier CanEQUID?

Le gouvernement canadien a-t-il investi dans le programme CanEQUID?

À l’heure actuelle, aucune réglementation d’identification ne s’applique à l’ensemble des chevaux au Canada. Toutefois, certains amendements aux règlements fédéraux de la Loi sur la santé des animaux, lesquels généraliseront la traçabilité du bétail au pays, pourraient

Le gouvernement du Canada a accordé une aide financière au secteur équestre (par l’entremise de Canada Hippique) destinée à couvrir les coûts de la recherche, du processus de consultation nationale de l’industrie pour l’élaboration du projet de CanEQUID, du projet pilote mis en place pour equinecanada April | May 2013 53


tester le concept et l’approche, et de participation des représentants de l’industrie équestre à la table fédérale de discussions sur les diverses espèces de bétail. Outre ce financement d’Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, l’industrie a investi considérablement en termes de temps et d’argent dans le travail exhaustif de planification et de préparation qui a été accompli.

Canada Hippique a également entrepris des discussions avec l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments afin d’obtenir des puces d’identification par radiofréquence pour les chevaux au Canada qui respectent les critères du programme national de traçabilité des animaux d’élevage. Nous nous attendons à ce que le processus de contrôle et de réception d’une reconnaissance officielle de divers types de micropuces se déroule sur quelques mois.

Qu’en est-il des micropuces? Devrai-je faire Le gouvernement offrira-t-il une aide implanter une micropuce à mon cheval? Certains secteurs de l’industrie équestre canadienne financière pour la poursuite de cette ont adopté des règles imposant l’implantation d’une initiative? micropuce. Par exemple, des registres de pedigrees exigent la micropuce comme condition à l’enregistrement. En ce qui concerne Canada Hippique, tous les propriétaires qui présentent une demande de nouveau passeport auprès de la Fédération équestre internationale (FEI) devront faire implanter une micropuce à leur cheval. Les renseignements qui seront stockés sur la micropuce implantée au cheval seront ajoutés au dossier CanEQUID, y compris le type (et le numéro) de la micropuce. (Les exigences relatives aux micropuces pour les passeports de la FEI sont publiées sur le site Web de Canada Hippique.)

Un nouveau programme de fonds de développement de l’industrie du gouvernement fédéral entrera en vigueur le 1er avril 2013 (le programme Agri-marketing de Cultivons l’avenir 2) pour la période de 2013 à 2018. Canada Hippique prévoit présenter une demande dans le cadre du volet Systèmes d’assurance pour des projets dans les trois domaines suivants :

Est-ce que tous les déplacements de mon cheval devront être retracés? Devrai-je déclarer tous les médicaments administrés à mon cheval?

• L’élaboration de programmes d’assurance de la qualité des chevaux vendus au Canada.

Le programme CanEQUID offrira une façon d’enregistrer les déplacements et l’état de santé du cheval, sans vous obliger à le faire. Les gouvernements fédéral et provinciaux décident et sont responsables de l’adoption des exigences de traçabilité en fonction de la réglementation.

Que fait maintenant Canada Hippique? Canada Hippique poursuit ses démarches visant à accorder aux propriétaires un accès au système d’identification des chevaux en ligne dans les secteurs autres que les sports sanctionnés où est exigé un dossier d’identification électronique. Cette année, nous irons également de l’avant avec l’essai de l’importation des dossiers de pedigrees à partir des registres.


• Le traitement accéléré de la mise en œuvre du programme national de traçabilité des équidés. • L’amélioration des programmes de surveillance des maladies pour les chevaux au Canada.

On ignore à l’heure actuelle quel financement sera disponible pour l’industrie équestre dans le cadre des programmes existants d’Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada. Qu’en est-il de la réglementation? Canada Hippique a clairement indiqué à Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada et à l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments que notre industrie nécessite une aide financière afin d’accélérer le lancement d’un programme national complet de traçabilité. En l’absence d’un tel soutien financier fédéral, nous poursuivrons le développement des composantes du programme CanEQUID, mais les échéanciers dépendront de ce que l’industrie a les moyens d’investir. Canada Hippique a également ajouté que nous ne soutiendrons pas une réglementation imposant une traçabilité obligatoire à l’industrie équestre sans la mise en place préalable d’une infrastructure permettant de se conformer à cette réglementation.




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