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Fun Times at the Arabian Breeders Finals Nationals in Scottsdale 2011

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 26, 2011 15:23



Fun Times at the Arabian Breeder Finals in Scottsdale!
Excitement and Entertainment Abound At This Best-Of-The-Best, Premiere Show

October 19 2011, Scottsdale, AZ:  The inaugural Arabian Breeder Finals wowed the crowds with only the most beautiful examples of Arabian Horses. Held at West World from October 12-15th breeders and trainers proudly brought out their hand-picked best – in all, 164 horses were entered into 32 classes.


The show had a relaxed celebratory feel with many attendees and exhibitors reporting that they had experienced more fun at this show than any other.  Interestingly, the show took cues from European-style horse shows and offered a new experience for domestic horse lovers. This included the very first Arabian Weanling Class to be held in North America; a class that stole the show and the hearts of the audience with its exquisite 4 month old filly Champion RAH Rosalia. Attendees were thrilled to be presented with the beautiful new babies of 2011, which also included the stunning colt Champion Sultan ORA. Sultan’s new owners had flown in from Uruguay and were just one example of the many foreign visitors at this global show. Another treat for visitors happened before show hours; breeders and trainers scheduled open-houses at local farms, which proved popular and were well-attended; in-all, this event proved an excellent venue for showcasing the ‘Noble Breed’.


At West World, the newly named Tony Nelssen equidome was decorated beautifully; breeders and trainers sponsored embellished, tented seating areas, while select vendors lined the south aisle. Complimentary food was made available each day during the late afternoon, and for the finale evening folks got on their feet to dance to the live music of the Beatle Show (from the Las Vegas). This was followed by the glamour of the Champion Senior Mare and Stallion classes, which completed what was unquestionably an amazing and exciting event for the Arabian horse industry; and we look forward to enjoying it annually for years to come.


Thanks to the unending hard work of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, Scottsdale continues to prove itself to be a vital center for the Arabian Horse Industry; their expert skills shone again at the Breeder Finals. Horse lovers are looking forward to attending the AHAA’s Polo Party on November 5th, The American Cup Championship November 11-13th and the world-renowned Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show returning for its 57th year, in February.



Welcome to our newest Verified Vendor Advertisers

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 25, 2011 10:16

HorseOwnerToday.com would like to welcome our latest verified vendor advertisers.

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War Horse Promotes Horse Welfare Fund

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 17, 2011 11:50


The spectacular Mirvish theatre production, ‘War Horse’ will warm your heart in two ways – once when you watch the performance and again when your ticket purchase contributes to the new Equine Guelph-Ontario Equestrian Federation ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund. 


Through the use of life-size and life-like handspring puppets, ‘War Horse’ transports the audience back to WWI – a time when horses were integral to progress but welfare conditions were often challenging. This heartfelt stage adaptation examines the horse-human bond and draws the audience in for an evening where the subtle becomes pronounced and awe is often inspired by the ability to communicate without words. 


Recognizing the ongoing need for equine welfare awareness, Mirvish Productions has partnered with Equine Guelph and will generously donate $10 to the Equine Guelph-OEF ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund for each War Horse ticket purchased by OEF members for performances between February 10 – May 6, 2012. And, as a special thank you, at the performance, OEF members will receive a complimentary CD (one per order) of the music of War Horse. Call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 to order tickets and provide this special benefit code – WHFUND. 


In addition, Equine Guelph will be hosting a special gala fundraising evening on March 8th, 2012 for avid horse enthusiasts.   Be part of this magical evening at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto!  Enjoy premium seats in the orchestra section, pre-show reception and meet the 'puppets' on a backstage tour after production.  There are a limited number of tickets and cost is $200. Go to http://uofg.convio.net/warhorse or call 1-888-266-3108 to order today.


With over 16 intensive online equine courses dedicated to horse owners and caregivers, Equine Guelph at the University of Guelph understands the need for horse welfare education.  In an industry where well-intentioned old wives tales are often passed down rather than scientific knowledge, the horse is often the victim of mistreatment.  Education in horse welfare will result in the following benefits:  well-informed caregivers, healthier horses, lower vet bills and fewer unwanted horses.


Support Equine Welfare through Education and enjoy the show!  Visit www.EquineGuelph.ca for more information.




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Image Caption:   The upcoming ‘War Horse’ theatrical production will support the new

Equine Guelph-OEF ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund (Photo © Simon Annand)


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Media Contact:

Jackie Bellamy, Communications

Equine Guelph

Guelph, ON   N1G 2W1

519.824.4120 ext. 54230 



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Susan Raymond, PhD.

Communications & Programs Officer

Equine Guelph, University of Guelph

50 McGilvray St, Guelph, ON, Canada, N1G 2W1

Tel: (519) 824-4120, ext. 54230

Fax: (519) 767-1081





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New HiQual Livestock Equipment Dealer in Western Canada

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 16, 2011 07:11

We are pleased to announce Peavey Mart as the the newest dealer in the HiQual family. Peavey Mart in Alberta and Saskatchewan is now selling HiQual Livestock Handling Equipment. All locations have HiQual product available and within the coming months, will be stocking more HiQual product. Please contact Peavey Mart for additional information. Welcome to the HiQual family!


Technology Platform Revolutionizes Horse Show Tradition

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 9, 2011 21:48




BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Nov 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Horse enthusiasts worldwide can now take advantage of the launch of HorseShow.com, a revolutionary online platform for equestrians to instantly compete and network with a global audience. Offering a modern approach to an old tradition, HorseShow.com offers members year-round access to a variety of online competitions for multiple breeds and disciplines.

Upon its launch, HorseShow.com is presenting three horse shows, which will award ribbons and a total of $17,500 in prize money. Competitive riders and horse enthusiasts can enter today through mid-December to compete in the Landmark Hunter Challenge, the Arabian Liberty Fall Classic and the Fall Harvest Dressage Festival.

"Offering this unique online resource for competitions has leveled the playing field in the horse world, making participation in horse shows more affordable and accessible, for those at all levels and interests," said Jeff Sloan, founder of HorseShow.com. "Through HorseShow.com, we are excited to expand the base of horse show enthusiasts, attracting more people to horse sports and thereby supporting and energizing the horse show community."

To enter in to a HorseShow.com competition, participants simply video record their performance, upload it to HorseShow.com, and enter their class or level. HorseShow.com has carefully chosen a panel of nationally recognized judges that will review participants' entries and provide a complete scorecard offering expert feedback.

HorseShow.com. members can create a network of other competitors, earn sponsored awards, obtain educational information, and be judged by professionals -- gaining a competitive advantage for both online and traditional shows. Cost to participate in an online show through HorseShow.com is $15.

The powerful team behind HorseShow.com is a combination of equestrians and technology experts led by visionary entrepreneur and HorseShow.com founder, Jeff Sloan. Sloan's keen eye for business and his passion for horses of have evolved into a revolutionary platform that allows horse enthusiasts the opportunity to take an age-old tradition of horse showing and compete online. Joining Sloan is noted dressage expert and horse sport insider Gil Merrick, who brings his years of experience as a competitive rider and trainer to his role as director of online shows. To become a member and view show entry dates, visit www.horseshow.com .

Sources:  http://www.horseshow.com http://www.marketwatch.com/horseshowcom-launches-equestrian-competitions-online-2011-11-09

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Saskatchewan Party wins second majority.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 8, 2011 07:19



Canadian "Hickstead" dies

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 7, 2011 06:44


"Lest We Forget"

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Superior Equine Feed Inc. in Edmonton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 4, 2011 16:42



Superior Equine Feed Inc. is at the North Land Dodge City Western Trade & Christmas Show, Booth 112...Stop by and meet Gerry & Sherry.


"Beat The Bugs"

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 3, 2011 14:06

Grant Awarded to Equine Guelph for Biosecurity Initiative

From sporadic disease to outbreaks, infectious diseases have a tremendous impact on the equine industry and highlight the need for increased biosecurity awareness and education.


“The recent devastating outbreak of EHV-1 in North America has highlighted the importance of infection control and biosecurity, as well as the deficiencies in knowledge and application that are present across the industry,” says Scott Weese, associate professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Guelph. 


Equine Guelph is developing “Beat the Bugs,” a program promoting biosecurity throughout all sectors of the horse industry. The program is funded through the Agricultural Biosecurity Program (ABP), part of the Best Practices Suite of programs under Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of several Growing Forward programs in Ontario.


“Increasing knowledge of best biosecurity practices stands to benefit the horse industry by reducing the risk of disease transmission and, in turn, could create a huge positive economic impact and prevent a potential catastrophic outbreak,”  says Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker.


The “Beat the Bugs” program will be launched in March 2012, which  will allow participants the opportunity to learn and put a biosecurity plan in place before their busiest season. The program will include four workshops, conducted by biosecurity specialists, offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis. The workshops are scheduled for London, Sudbury and Kemptville. The fourth workshop will be held at either Woodbine or Mohawk racetrack. 


For those unable to attend a workshop, or who are looking to take their biosecurity knowledge to the next level, the two-week Equine Biosecurity e-Session will be available to participants at a fee of $75 (plus HST) per person. 


“Beat the Bugs” is being developed by Equine Guelph with the assistance of its 11 industry partners: American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Colorado State University, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, Ontario Veterinary College, Standardbred Canada, Vétoquinol Canada Inc. and Woodbine Entertainment Group.


For more information on the “Beat the Bugs” initiative, and to view the Biosecurity Risk Calculator, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca




Media Contact:

Jackie Bellamy, Communications

Equine Guelph

Guelph, ON   N1G 2W1

519.824.4120 ext. 54230 



Notes to Editor:

Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and care givers’ Centre at the University of Guelph.  It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups.  Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole.  For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca.