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Joe Jr’s Gesture Benefits Equine Guelph Education

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 28, 2011 16:24

 

Joe Muscara Jr. believes in giving back to the grass roots of the horse industry.  For a 2nd year, Joe has donated a Mr. Big breeding raising funds for Equine Guelph’s education programs.  These are the same programs that have helped Joe evaluate what works and what does not, on his successful journey into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

 

Joe comments on his recent experience seeing Equine Guelph’s introductory pathway to equine education, "I was fortunate to have spent a couple of hours at EquiMania! at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. I saw hundreds of kids come through and watched their eyes get bigger! They love horses and learning about horses. Equine Guelph does a wonderful job giving children a chance to enjoy horses and all that they can do and I am glad that we could help out in some way."

 

Congratulations to Cliff & Kathy Coonfer in Olds, Alberta who won the breeding to Mr. Big with a winning bid of $5,700 in the stallion auction run by The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society.  OSAS who raises money to assist in the placement of retired Standardbreds in the province, kindly included the breeding in their auction.  In return Equine Guelph has provided an online course to be auctioned off at an upcoming OSAS golf tournament, continuing the sow the seeds of lifelong learning.

 

To donate to Equine Guelph’s education program or for more information on online courses, go to www.EquineGuelph.ca.

 

 

By- Jackie Bellamy

 

 

Photo by:  Sharon Grose

 

 

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AHC National Issues Forum to Focus on New Tenor in Congress

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 28, 2011 16:21

American Horse Council Press Release

March 23, 2011 
Contact: Bridget Harrison
bharrison@horsecouncil.org

(202) 296-4031

The American Horse Council has announced that the theme for this year’s National Issues Forum is “Congress on a Diet: What It Means for the Horse Industry.”  

This year’s National Issues Forum will be held June 21 in Washington, DC during the AHC’s annual meeting.  The annual meeting will run from June 19 to 22 at the Washington Court Hotel and also include an update on the national equine health initiative, the Congressional Reception and the annual Congressional Ride-In.  This year’s meeting will also see the return of the AHC’s Breed Roundtable, a popular event that brings together leaders of horse associations to discus common issues of importance to the industry.   

The AHC’s various committees, including the Unwanted Horse Coalition, will also meet to discuss issues affecting the equine community.  

“The highlight of this year’s forum will be presentations from Members of Congress, staff and federal regulatory agencies on the new fiscal realities in Washington.  They will discuss how Congress’s efforts to deal with the country’s deficits may result in cut-backs to federal programs and spending that could affect the horse industry,” said AHC president Jay Hickey.  “There is a new paradigm in Washington that will affect all American industries, including the horse industry.”

As part of this year’s annual meeting, the American Horse Council is hosting a Breed Roundtable.  This event was an important part of previous AHC annual meetings and allowed leaders of horse organizations involved in various disciplines to visit with each other and discuss issues of common concern.  The AHC Board of Trustees believes it is important to reinstitute the Breed Roundtable this year because of the important issues facing the horse industry.  

Welfare issues, disease outbreaks, unwanted horses, and public relations are all concerns.  The number of people purchasing horses and participating in the industry is down.  As the country emerges from the economic downturn, many horse associations are wrestling not only with how to bring back people who have left the industry but also how to attract new owners, new participants, and new members.  The Breed Roundtable will provide an opportunity for industry executives to discuss these issues across breeds and disciplines and learn from each other.  

There will also be an update on the national equine health initiative.  “This initiative resulted from the USDA-AHC hosted workshop at last year’s National Issues Forum, which provided an opportunity for the horse industry, key federal and state authorities, and others to discuss a coordinated approach to the handling of serious infectious equine diseases that threaten the health of our horses and the commercial health of the industry,” said Hickey.

These outbreaks affect the interstate and international movement of horses, which is critical to the horse industry.  When barriers to movement are raised by states and foreign countries concerned about the spread of infectious diseases, this affects sales, breeding, racing, competitions and recreation.

The annual Congressional Ride-In will occur on Wednesday, June 22.  The Ride-In allows members of the horse community to meet with their elected representatives and their federal officials to discuss important issues affecting them.  All members of the horse community are encouraged to participate, even if you don’t attend the AHC convention.  “The Ride-In puts a face on the $102 billion horse industry and the millions of Americans who are part of it,” said Hickey. “The most effective way to affect Congress is through the voters, the horse people from back home who can tell Congress first hand about the horse industry in their respective states and districts and the issues that impact them.”  

The AHC will conduct a free briefing for Ride-In participants.  Anyone wishing to participate in the Ride-In should contact AHC Legislative Director Ben Pendergrass at bpendergrass@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031.

More information on these Forums and the entire AHC annual meeting, including registration and hotel information can be found on the Events Page on the AHC’s website, http://horsecouncil.org/events.php or by contacting the AHC.



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Federal Investment Supports Commercialization of Livestock Genomics Technology

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 16, 2011 16:31

Edmonton, Alberta

The Government of Canada is supporting the commercialization of new genomics technologies that will reduce costs, enhance product quality, and increase the international competitiveness of the Canadian livestock industry.


http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/77_12751.asp

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Provincial and Territorial Equestrian Sport Federations join Equine Canada in a quest to give Canada a new and revised sport model.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 16, 2011 14:39

 

The Saskatchewan Horse Federation

A N N O U N C E M E N T

On March 10 and 11, representatives from Equine Canada and representatives from all 10 Provincial Equestrian Asociations and the Yukon Territory met in Toronto. The session was mediated by SDRCC mediator Allan Stitt.

Following two days of very positive discussions, all of the parties have unanimously agreed to engage in further discussions with the goal of reaching an agreement that will result in six provincial equestrian associations re-joining Equine Canada.

The parties have agreed to form a Joint Steering Committee which will consist of two representatives of the six non member provinces, two from Equine Canada and two from the current member Provinces-Territories, all of whom are volunteers.

The Joint Steering Committee will be responsible for conducting a governance review based on the principles of a competency-based Board and an optimal participation of the Provincial/Territory Associations (PTA) in the governance structure. They will also clarify the roles and responsibilities of Equine Canada and PTA`s. A financial business model will be created on the principle that the PTA`s agree to support Equine Canada in some fashion. A professional expert in governance shall assist the Joint Steering Committee.

A significant agreement is that the decisions of the Joint Steering Committee, if unanimous, shall be binding upon all parties. If the Joint Steering Committee unanimously agrees on the governance structure, the roles and responsibilities and the financial business model, the non member provinces agree to become members of EC.

The Parties have agreed to finalize negotiations prior to August 1

st , 2011.

 

 

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New Funding to Help Saskatchewan Livestock Producers Deal with Excess Moisture

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 14, 2011 14:25

 

What animals are eligible?

For feed transportation or livestock transportation, applicants must own, lease, custom feed, or custom graze any type of beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, elk, sheep, goats, horses, caribou, deer, llamas, reindeer, or alpacas to be eligible.

For feed shortfall assistance, only breeding males and breeding females for beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, elk, sheep, goats, horses, caribou, deer, llamas, reindeer, and alpacas that were owned, leased, custom fed, or custom grazed by the applicant on Oct. 1, 2010 are eligible. 

Only males of breeding age and used for breeding purposes in the applicant's own herd are eligible.

Non-breeding stock of all species are not eligible e.g. feeders, open heifers, calves, geldings, steers, animals of non-breeding age.

For more information on the SFFP, please visit http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=b44e80c4-8543-421c-a092-ff80778a8cf7

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HORSE IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR Lloydminster, Sk.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 13, 2011 10:10

 March 12, 2011  

Lloydminster Exhibition, Lloydminster – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m (Alberta time)

 

Agenda

                     

Are You Selling a Horse? What is the Equine Information Document?

 

Dr. Jim McLane, DVM, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

 

Humane Transport of Horses

Refreshment Break

 

Vaccination Program for your Horse

 

Basic Horse Nutrition – Jenifer Heyden, Regional Livestock Specialist

 

Dr. Jim McLane, DVM Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Dr. Doug Meyers, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim

 

Please Pre-Register by calling the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377

 

For More Information Contact:

Jenifer Heyden, Regional Livestock Specialist, North Battleford (306) 446-7961

Sponsors:  County of Vermillion River, County of Minburn No. 27, AESA

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HORSE IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT Melfort, Sk.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 13, 2011 09:58

March 19, 2011

Kerry Vickar Centre, Melfort – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Agenda

                     

Are You Selling a Horse? What is the Equine Information Document?

 

Dr. Jewel Perry, DVM, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

 

Humane Transport of Horses

Refreshment Break

Vaccination Program for your Horse

 

Basic Horse Nutrition – Tracy Evans, Regional Livestock Specialist

 

Dr. Jewel Perry, DVM Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Dr. Doug Allan, DVM, Park Range Veterinary Services (Prince Albert Meeting)

Veterinarian, Mohawk Animal Clinic (Melfort Meeting)

 

Please Pre-Register by calling the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377

 

For More Information Contact:

Tracy Evans, Regional Livestock Specialist, Tisdale (306) 878-8847

 

 

Sponsors

 

Kennedy’s Animal Nutrition Centre and Davidner’s Clothing & Western Ltd.

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HORSE IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR Prince Albert, Sk.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 13, 2011 09:50

 March 19, 2011  

Travelodge Hotel, Prince Albert – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

Agenda

                     

Are You Selling a Horse? What is the Equine Information Document?

 

Dr. Jewel Perry, DVM, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

 

Humane Transport of Horses

Refreshment Break

Vaccination Program for your Horse

 

Basic Horse Nutrition – Tracy Evans, Regional Livestock Specialist

 

Dr. Jewel Perry, DVM Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Dr. Doug Allan, DVM, Park Range Veterinary Services (Prince Albert Meeting)

Veterinarian, Mohawk Animal Clinic (Melfort Meeting)

 

Please Pre-Register by calling the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377

 

For More Information Contact:

Tracy Evans, Regional Livestock Specialist, Tisdale (306) 878-8847

 

 

Sponsors

 

Kennedy’s Animal Nutrition Centre and Davidner’s Clothing & Western Ltd.

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HORSE IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR North Battleford, Sk.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 13, 2011 09:32

 March 12, 2011

AgriVilla, North Battleford – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lloydminster Exhibition, Lloydminster – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m (Alberta time)

 

Agenda

                     

Are You Selling a Horse? What is the Equine Information Document?

 

Dr. Jim McLane, DVM, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

 

Humane Transport of Horses

Refreshment Break

 

Vaccination Program for your Horse

 

Basic Horse Nutrition – Jenifer Heyden, Regional Livestock Specialist

 

Dr. Jim McLane, DVM Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Dr. Doug Meyers, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim

 

Please Pre-Register by calling the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377

 

For More Information Contact:

Jenifer Heyden, Regional Livestock Specialist, North Battleford (306) 446-7961

Sponsors:  County of Vermillion River, County of Minburn No. 27, AESA

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Coming soon to www.HorseOwnerToday.com

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 12, 2011 08:52

   

 

“Cartier Equine Learning Center….where the horses do the teaching!”

 Academy of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)

 

 

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