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University of Saskatchewan names horse health centre after Saskatoon philanthropists

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 18, 2011 14:11




Saskatoon, Sask. --- An expanded facility for horse health at the University of Saskatchewan will be called the Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre in recognition of a Saskatoon couple’s longtime support for veterinary research and education.


Heather Ryan and her husband, L. David Dubé, contributed $1.2 million toward the expansion of the college's existing equine performance centre. The Government of Saskatchewan, Marg and Ron Southern of Calgary, Alta., and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) provided the rest of the funding for the $2.8-million project.


Construction will begin in February 2011. The project will add nearly 1,000 sq m (10,600 sq. ft.) as well as vital resources to the WCVM’s equine education, clinical and research programs. “This expansion will give our students, faculty and staff the tools and indoor space that they need to enhance horse health care in Western Canada,” says WCVM Dean Douglas Freeman.


“In particular, this building will be a focal point for diagnosing, treating and investigating different lameness issues. Through those activities, it will also be a place where our veterinary students can learn more about how to recognize and accurately diagnose the causes of lameness in horses, and provide their future clients with the best treatment options.”


Built in 1998, the original facility includes a high-speed treadmill and a computerized force plate system — two invaluable tools for detecting and diagnosing equine lamenesses. The centre’s new features will include:


·       a paved indoor runway that will allow clinicians and students to conduct examinations on a smooth, even surface — 365 days of the year. Besides its diagnostic value, the runway will be used for teaching demonstrations and lameness-oriented research.

·       a permanent longeing arena that’s critical for the accurate diagnosis and detection of many subtle unilateral or bilateral lameness issues in horses. The arena will also become a focal point for horse handling labs, teaching demonstrations and continuing veterinary education seminars. 

·       a multi-purpose area with two semi-permanent restraint stocks that will provide a safe, secure place for faculty and students to undertake physical examinations and various technical procedures that are performed daily by equine clinicians.

Ryan and Dubé’s previous contributions to the veterinary college include a $1.07-million gift to the College’s equine and companion animal health programs. They also created a matching gift incentive program in 2006 that has helped to raise more than $450,000 for equine health research at the WCVM in the past four years. 


Located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Sask., the WCVM is a Canadian centre of veterinary education, expertise and research with nearly 450 students enrolled in veterinary and graduate degree programs. The college’s Equine Health Research Fund annually invests nearly $200,000 in equine health research grants, equine fellowships and a summer equine research program for undergraduate veterinary students at the WCVM.




For more information, please contact:

Myrna MacDonald, Communications

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Saskatchewan

Tel: 306-225-4479 • Cell: 306-291-9950








Control Split as 112th Congress Convenes

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 14, 2011 14:07


January 14, 2011


Contact: Bridget Harrison









The 112th Congress convened in early January facing many of the same issues left over from the last Congress.  But they may remain on the table as the emphasis in this Congress will be on cutting government programs and spending, reducing the deficit and debt, and spurring job growth.  The House of Representatives has shifted to Republican control.  Democrats still control the Senate, but the majority is smaller.  More than 100 new members have taken their seats in the House and Senate, nearly a 20% turnover.

“Issues important to the horse industry will be on the table.  Comprehensive immigration reform, internet wagering, tax reform, animal welfare, trails legislation, equine health, and the farm bill are important to the equine community,” noted Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council, which represents the horse industry in Washington.  “Overriding all debate, however, is how existing programs can be paid for and whether new programs can be initiated in a Congress that will be focused on reducing spending and the size of government.” 

Under new House rules any federal program, whether existing or new, involving spending increases must be offset by cuts of an equal amount in another program.  The program cannot be funded by tax increases.  “In addition, Congress will be looking for ways to raise much-needed revenue.  The horse industry must be vigilant to ensure that such revenue is not raised unfairly at its expense,” Hickey said.


In what’s been called a “wave” election by many, and a “shellacking” by President Obama, the Republicans gained control of the House in the November elections, picking up 63 seats.  96 new members are in the House freshman class, only 9 of whom are Democrats.  The ratio is 242 Republicans and 193 Democrats.   


In the Senate, Republicans gained 7 seats, leaving the Democrats in control, but with less of a cushion.  The Senate now includes 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans, with 16 new Members.  Neither party is close enough to the 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster under Senate procedures and force through controversial legislation; but the Senate is considering revising the filibuster rules and that may make it easier to get bills to the floor.


There are new leaders in the House.  John Boehner (R-OH) has been elected Speaker of the House.  Eric Cantor (R-VA) is the new Majority Leader.  Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is now the Minority Leader and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) the Minority Whip.  Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will remain as Senate Majority Leader and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remains Minority Leader. 


With the Republican takeover of the House, the chairmanships of all the House Committees have passed to Republicans from Democrats.  The makeup of the House Committees has also changed with Republicans having many more seats on each committee.  This will make it easier for Republicans to pass legislation in the House.  But the Senate is still controlled by Democrats and getting some House bills through the Senate will still be difficult.  Then there is always the final backstop of a Presidential veto.  So there’s no clear sailing for Republicans.  While Republicans have made strong gains, bi-partisanship and compromise will be necessary to get any bills actually passed into law. 


A fundamental question to be answered by the new Congress is whether the bi-partisan cooperation exhibited in the recently-concluded lame-duck session of the last Congress will hold for the new Congress.  That lame-duck session saw the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, the reinstatement of the estate tax, the extension of unemployment benefits, the ratification of the nuclear arms treaty with Russia, and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  But there is precedent for cooperation and compromise when each party controls one chamber.  That split control has seemed to clarify the need to work together if anything is to get done.


“Like most industries, the horse industry’s legislative concerns don’t break along partisan lines.  The industry must work on a bi-partisan basis with Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle,” said Hickey.  “The AHC and the horse industry have been working with Congress for four decades.  This is a new Congress with more than 100 new members.  The AHC has already called on its Congressional Cavalry to welcome both the new and returning Members of Congress and to explain the importance of the horse industry to the nation’s agricultural, economic, sporting and recreational life.” 


“The horse industry has a $112 billion affect on the economy and support 1.5 million jobs.  Every state has a horse industry.  Forty-five states have more than 20,000 horses.  The equine community must continue to ensure that the 112th Congress recognizes that,” said Hickey.


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.



Reining Canada would like to announce an offer of Insurance to our Members and the Regional Affiliates.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 3, 2011 09:05





P.O. Box 11 Site 7 RR 1

Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1A1

 Reining Canada would like to announce an offer of Insurance to our Members and the Regional Affiliates.

Reining Canada recognizes that many members are without insurance and many affiliates would like the opportunity to improve their insurance or would like to look at other insurance options.

Commercial General Liability Insurance Program for Reining Canada and its Affiliate Associations

Object of Insurance:

Comprehensive general liability covering Reining Canada’s and its Affiliate

Associations’ legal liabilities to third parties for death, disease, bodily injury,

personal injury and/or loss, damage or loss of use of property. Coverage applies

to the operations of Reining Canada and its Affiliates and during activities hosted

by or sanctioned by Reining Canada or one of its Affiliates.

Limits of Insurance:

$5,000,000 Commercial General Liability

$1,000,000 SPF No. 6 Non-Owned Automobile

$ 50,000 SEF No. 94 Legal Liability for Damage to Non-Owned Automobiles

$ 250,000 Contingent Employers’ Liability

$ 10,000 Property of Every Description, option to purchase higher limits

$ 10,000 Agreement I Employee Dishonesty – Form A

$ 5,000 Agreement II Loss Inside the Premises

$ 5,000 Agreement III Loss Outside the Premises

$ 5,000 Agreement IV Money Orders and Counterfeit Paper Currency

$ 10,000 Agreement V Depositor’s Forgery

$ 10,000 Agreement VI Computer Fraud


$1,000 per occurrence (including expenses) applies to all losses except

$Nil applies to SPF No. 6 Non-Owned Automobile

$500 applies to SEF No. 96 Legal Liability for Damage to Hired Autos

$Nil applies to Medical Payments

$500 applies to Crime (Agreements I through VI)

Extension of coverage


Personal and Advertising injury liability

Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Program for Reining Canada and its Affiliate Associations

Object of insurance

Non-Profit Management and Corporate Liability insurance covering Reining

Canada’s and its Affiliate Associations. Coverage protects the assets of

Directors and Officers of Reining Canada and its Affiliates while they are acting

in their capacities as Directors and Officers. Insured Wrongful Acts include an

actual or alleged negligent act, error, omission, misstatement or misleading

statement. Coverage is not provided for bodily injury or property damage claims.

Limits of insurance

$ 2,000,000 limit per Wrongful Act

$10,000,000 Program Aggregate


(A): $0.00 each Claim for all Non-Indemnified Loss

(B): $2,000.00 each Claim for all Indemnified Loss

(C): $2,000.00 each Employment Practices Wrongful Act Claim

Extension of coverage

Employment Practices Liability

Personal Liability Insurance Program for Individual Members of Reining

Canada (through its Affiliate Associations)

Object of insurance

Personal liability coverage for ownership of horses covering members’ legal

liabilities to third parties for death, disease, bodily injury, personal injury and/or

loss, damage or loss of use of property. Coverage applies 24 hours a day, 7

days a week, provided there is no commercial use of the member’s horse(s).

Limits of insurance

$5,000,000 Liability for ownership of horses including:

$1,000,000 Non-Owned Automobile

$50,000 Legal Liability for Damage to Non-Owned Automobiles


$1,000 per occurrence (including expenses) applies to all losses except

$Nil applies to SPF No. 6 Non-Owned Automobile

$500 applies to SEF No. 96 Legal Liability for Damage to Hired Autos

$Nil applies to Medical Payments

Bodily Injury and Property Damage

To view remainder of this article go to:   http://www.reiningcanada.com/pdf/2011_Insurance_Proposal.pdf