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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 31, 2010 08:28




MONTREAL, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The provincial equestrian organizations of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador are proud to announce the incorporation of a new national alliance of equine organizations under the provisions of the Canada Corporations Act. The name of the new organization is pending approval of Industry Canada and a further announcement is forthcoming.

The Alberta Equestrian Federation, the Saskatchewan Horse Federation, Fédération équestre du Québec, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, the Newfoundland Equestrian Association, and the Island Horse Council, have been working together for more than a year to explore ways to promote and protect the interests of their members and of horse enthusiasts everywhere.

The six founding member organizations of the new alliance have for many years been leaders in the delivery of local programs and services to the equine sector, and have been supported by growing individual memberships reflecting the diversity of the equine community from coast to coast.

The six organizations represent more than 30,000 Canadians. It will be the mission of the alliance to harness the collective assets of member organizations to develop, strengthen and promote horse-related initiatives that respect this diversity. In particular, the alliance aims to invest in sport, recreation and industry development at the local and grass-roots level, assisting traditionally under-represented or under-served horse people and organizations to achieve mutually-identified goals. One of its first initiatives will be the introduction of a true Canadian Championships event. The overriding aim of the alliance will be to protect and promote the horse and horse welfare, whether in sport, agriculture, or as a family companion.

In its first year of business, the alliance will be communicating its aims and objectives widely, in the hope that horse people and organizations will join with it to build a national organization that is a clear reflection of the diversity and richness of horse life in Canada. The six founding members recently met in Alberta to formulate their priority objectives for 2011, and once its corporate name is approved a more detailed announcement will be published. At its first meeting, a board of directors consisting of the six presidents of the founding members was established, and Dixie Crowson of Vauxhall, Alberta will serve as its first President.

For further information:

Claire Milton, Media Representative at 902-523-1937


www.HorseOwnerToday.com invites all horse rescues!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 21, 2010 20:46

www.HorseOwnerToday.com invites all horse rescues to join our new verified vendor section "Horse Rescues".

Submit your rescue information via facebook or through out "contact us" button in the lower header.  www.HorseOwnerToday.com will create an advertisement for your horse rescue, at no charge (you have to be non-profit/charitable). 


Feel the Food by Dreens

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 20, 2010 22:44

www.HorseOwnerToday.com is pleased to bring an exciting food segment to our readers.  Dreen of Dreen's Catering will be guiding you to "Feel the Food!"  The first segment will be here shortly.


Lunar Eclipse

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 20, 2010 22:35

Early in the morning on December 21 a total lunar eclipse will be visible to sky watchers across North America (for observers in western states the eclipse actually begins late in the evening of December 20), Greenland and Iceland. Viewers in Western Europe will be able to see the beginning stages of the eclipse before moonset, and in western Asia the later stages of the eclipse will be visible after moonrise.

From beginning to end, the eclipse will last about three hours and twenty-eight minutes. For observers on the east coast of the U.S. the eclipse lasts from 1:33am EST through 5:01 a.m. EST. Viewers on the west coast will be able to tune in a bit earlier. For them the eclipse begins at 10:33 p.m. PST on December 20 and lasts until 2:01am PST on Dec. 21. Totality, the time when Earth's shadow completely covers the moon, will last a lengthy 72 minutes.  see more at http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/eclipse/index.html


Scramento California American Powerlifting Meet November 27, 2010

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 15, 2010 08:05

The Mackie Family centered out of Mackie Physiotherapy Strength Training Facility trained for 4 months to compete in a Power lifting meet out of a gym called Bodytribe in Sacramento California.  This was one of the first events in which an entire family competed in individual categories.  Luke Mackie 8 yrs old secured 3 world records; squat 105 lbs, bench press 65 lbs and deadlift 145 lbs.  Cayley Mackie 13 yrs old was competing with a pulled hamstring(suffered from activities outside of powerlifting), squat 130 lbs, bench 105 lbs, deadlift 125lbs, Jordyn Mackie 15yrs old completed a squat of 170lbs , bench of 95 lbs and a deadlift of 215lbs which guaranteed 3 world records.  D’Arcy Mackie (MOM) competed strong in the masters division and achieved a squat of 160lbs, bench of 90 lbs and a deadlift of 205 lbs, Blaine finished off in the masters division with a squat of 415 but did not get low enough for the squat to count and then benched 300lbs and deadlifted 455 lbs.  All were proud to bring home trophies from each division and overall met many new friends and had a great time.  We will be gearing up to start our next strength cycle to enter another competition in 2011.


Report Your 2010 Access Issues on Federal Land

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 15, 2010 07:00


December 14, 2010


Contact: Bridget Harrison




                                                                                              Report Your 2010 Access Issues on Federal Land


The American Horse Council is continuing its effort to collect information on access issues equestrians are experiencing on federal lands. The center piece of this effort is an online form equestrians can use to report their personal experiences regarding trails that have been closed to them or other access issues on federal land. This online form is located at https://www.horsecouncil.org/survey.php.

 Shortly, the AHC will be publishing a 2010 Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land.  “It is vital that all equestrians report their experiences on federal land good and bad,” said AHC Legislative Director Ben Pendergrass. “Equestrians need to relay their 2010 experiences to us by the end of the year so we can include them in the 2010 report. This information is vital to AHC efforts to protect equestrian recreation on federal land.”

 Last February, the American Horse Council released its first Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land. The 2009 report provided a brief overview of the responses the AHC received from equestrians to its ongoing access survey in 2009.  The report can be viewed and downloaded on the Recreation Issues page on the AHC website or by clicking here.

 The American Horse Council began its effort to collect information regarding equestrian access issues on federal lands in July of 2009.   This effort was prompted by a growing concern among recreational riders around the country that they were seeing a reduction in the number of trails and trail heads open to equestrians on federal land.

 “Hundreds of thousands of Americans use horses and pack stock to enjoy America’s great outdoors each year.  However, it is an experience that cannot be enjoyed without access to public land, trail systems, and trailheads,” said Pendergrass. 

 “The AHC uses the survey and the year end report to illustrate some of the challenges facing recreational riders,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.” “Our federal land mangers work hard to provide recreational opportunities and we need to make sure they have adequate information about what some equestrians are experiencing.   The annual Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land is just one part of our efforts to ensure equestrians continue to have recreational opportunities on federal land. “

 The AHC asks all recreational riders now and in the future to visit the AHC website and report any access issues they have had using this electronic form.

 Link to This Article on AHC’s Website




As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. The AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                       

The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.





UHC Seeks to Expand National Speaker Program

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 15, 2010 06:44

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                

   December 14,2010



Ericka Caslin, Director

Unwanted Horse Coalition



 UHC Seeks to Expand National Speaker Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 14, 2010 The Unwanted Horse Coalition’s (UHC) National Speaker Program has been up and running since early 2009 with approximately 100 speakers in the database. This program provides equine events around the country with UHC volunteers to speak about the issue of unwanted horses and what it means to “Own Responsibly”. The UHC is looking to expand its National Speaker Program by adding additional speakers and additional events to the schedule.

 The UHC will provide literature to hand out at the event, as well as a power point presentation about the coalition and the unwanted horse issue. Speakers will be matched to events based on location.

 “We encourage organizations to take advantage of this opportunity to spread the word about the issues surrounding unwanted horses and the work of the UHC,” said Ericka Caslin, Director of the UHC.

 If you have an equine related event coming up, please contact the UHC to request a speaker. It has become increasingly important to educate the equine industry about the issues at hand and ways to get involved.

 If you are interested in requesting a speaker for your upcoming event or are willing to represent the UHC as a speaker please contact the Unwanted Horse Coalition at 202-296-4031 or contactus@unwantedhorsecoalition.org. The UHC will do its best to accommodate all events.


The Unwanted Horse Coalition

The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.