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Peter Campbell Horsemanship Clinic in Saskatoon

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 3, 2011 13:37

November 12 & 13
Time:  9:00am-noon 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost:  $500
Location:  Sandhill Stables, Saskatoon, Sk.
Contact Quintin 306-492-2217



SassySandalsEtc November-December Show Schedule

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 22, 2011 08:37


Lacombe Power Shop Nov 13th

Foothills Hospital Nov 16th

Lloydminster Xmas Show Nov 18-20

Spruce Meadows Xmas Show Nov 25-27

Stettler Xmas Show  Nov 29


Red Deer Xmas Market  Dec 3 & 4

Peter Lougheed Hospital, Calgary Dec 7

Foothills Hospital, Calgary Dec 8





Rider selection for Ellen Bontje Workshop

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 16, 2011 07:17

Riders selected to participate in Ellen Bontje "An Experience That's More Than a Workshop" are:

1.  Rider Registration from: Chelsea Morton of Spruce Grove, Alberta
Discipline:  Dressage
Competition Level: 2nd Level
Personal Biography: I started my riding career at the age of nine years old. By eleven, I found a passion for Dressage of harmony between horse and rider. At which time, I acquired my first horse, Mac a three year-old bay thoroughbred gelding. Over the four years I had him; he taught me extreme patience and helped me overcome many challenges that arise in a young horse. I then graduated to Cascade, a four year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. I competed with her up to Second Level in dressage, obtaining scores up to 70.71% and winning Dressage Seat Equitation at the Provincial Dressage Championships in 2007. In 2007, I then graduated to my current mount Ushi, an imported Dutch Warmblood mare who is now 10 years-old. In 2012, I will be starting her son Damien who is sired by Contango. Recently in 2011, I have completed my certificate in Equine Massage Therapy to further my knowledge between horse and rider. Over my riding career, I have attended numerous workshops and clinics with; Bonnie Bonello, Jane Ayers in Wisconsin USA, Wendy Clark, and have been training consistently with Gordon Dalshaug since 2005. Many thanks to Gordon Dalshaug for his help throughout the years and allowing me this opportunity to attend this workshop.
Horse Name: Ushi
Horse Breed: Dutch Warmblood
Horse Sex: Mare
Horse Age: 10
Horse Biography: Ushi, my current mount was imported to Canada in 2004 from Holland and is sired by Goodtimes. Goodtimes is an all-purpose breeding stallion. He sires horses for dressage, jumping and beautiful types. Ushi's dam is Granada sired my Columbus. In 2008, Ushi gave birth to Damien sired by Contango. I am anxiously waiting to start him in 2012. Ushi and I recently competed in the Alberta Provincial Dressage Championships obtaining 3rd place over all at First Level - Open, with scores up to 65.8%. This wonderfully talented mare surprises me every day with her heart to work, and dedication for success.

2.  Rider:  Karen Metz of Redcliff, Alberta
Discipline: Jumper
Competition Level: 1.10 jumpers
Personal Biography: I own and operate Country Haven Stables in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Horse Name: Desert Storm
Horse Breed: Hann Oldenburg
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 7 yr
Horse Biography: Shown as a jumper but missed the fundamentals along the way. I bought him and have been taking dressage lessons with Gordon Dalshaug.

3.  Rider:  Gordon Dalshaug, Saskatoon, Sask.
Discipline: Dressage
Competition Level: Third Level
Personal Biography:
Horse Name: Luke by Lavita
Horse Breed: Holsteiner
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 12
Horse Biography: Luke is a 1999 17.3 hh Flea-bitten grey Holsteiner gelding by Lavita. Owned by Brittany Reid of Saskatoon, since September of 2010, Luke has successfully transitioned from the show jumping ring into the dressage arena where he shows continuous improvement. After being purchased from Calgary Alberta, Luke spent time with Brittany in New York at the Elsa Gunnison Riding Hall of St. Lawrence University. Upon his return in May, the duo competed until August which concluded a successful show season at first level during which he presented great potential for higher level work.
Luke has a sassy personality, while not being an exclusively independent type, and a drive to meet your expectations both under saddle and on the ground. He is a very respectful and interactive horse making his height a minor detail once you acquaint yourself. With an affectionate character, and a rarely clean coat, Luke greatly appreciates attention from visitors.

4.  Rider:  Jenneke Hoogendoorn Stony Plain, Ab.
Discipline:  Dressage
Personal Biography: My husband Rod Needham and I run a training and boarding facility in Stony Plain, Alberta. We specialize in reining and dressage, but will do cow work and jumping also. We start many youngsters for all disciplines. I have been riding my whole life. I spent some time overseas and several years in Kenya training dressage and polo horses.
Competition Level: FEI Young horse
Horse Name: Hallmark
Horse Breed: Hanoverian
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 5
Horse Biography: Hallmark came from Germany in April 2011. He will have been with Jenneke for 6 months by clinic time. He is has a very easy going nature yet elastic athletic gates. He will be an exciting horse once he matures.

5.  Rider:  Linda Johnston, Didsbury, Alberta
Discipline: Dressage
Competition Level: Third Level
Personal Biography: For the past 35 years my husband and I have owned and operated Peaceful Valley Stable; a Thoroughbred breeding, boarding and training facility.  We have started a vast number of horses under saddle for  both racing and pleasure.  I began the journey into the Dressage method of training about 15 years ago under the knowledgeable coaching of Mr. Gordon Dalshaug. Several horses have been with me within this time frame, and have partnered with "Voice Mail" for the past 4 years.Thanks to Mr. Dalshaug's coaching I'm at a level where Voice Mail and I have the honor of riding under one of the world's top coaches Ellen Bontje.  Voice Mail has been my partner in  this journey for the last 4 years.
I am looking forward to solidifying my present knowledge and expanding into new and exciting training experiences.
Horse Name: Voice Mail
Horse Breed: Canadian Warmblood by Voltaire out of Beluga by Beach Boy
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 9
Horse Biography: Voicemail is working well in third level and schooling in Prix St. George.  He won his warmblood classes as a weanling, yearling 2/3 year old in Saskatoon, Sk.  Voicemail scored 9-10 in jumping and movement at the Warmblood Inspections. 

6.  Rider:  Sherry Ross of Medicine Hat, AB
Discipline: Hunter
Competition Level: Novice hunter 2'9
Personal Biography: Started jumping just over a year ago. Have done limited showing in hunters to 2'9". Have done clinic with Gordon.
Horse Name: Tana
Horse Breed: Quarter Horse
Horse Sex: Mare
Horse Age: 10
Horse Biography: Tana has had extensive training in both hunter and jumper. I acquired her at the end of July.

7.  Rider:  Tamara Harach of Balgonie, Sask.
Discipline:  Dressage
Competition Level: third/fourth
Personal Biography: Having grown-up in rural Saskatchewan, Tamara started riding at a young age. Her love for dressage started when her family moved to Saskatoon where she was able to join the Saskatoon Pony Club and take riding lessons from Elaine Partington. After high school, Tamara rode with Dietrich von Hopffgarten as a working student. As an adult amateur, she continued to ride and purchased Kasanova in 2000. She trained with Betty Wells for many years and for the past five years has trained with Joan Johnston. As a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Tamara earned her B.SC, in 1989 and a Doctor of Medical Dentistry in 1994. She currently practices dentistry with her husband, Mike, in Regina. Along with their children, Hannah and Sam, they live east of Regina and have a private horse facility.
Horse Name: Kasanova
Horse Breed: Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 13

8.  Rider:  Wendy Wotton Dryburgh of Brandon, Manitoba
Discipline:  Dressage
Competition Level: presently training
Personal Biography: Have been involved with horses riding, training, and showing for 40 plus years. Level one coach for 20 plus years. Have ridden and trained to fourth level dressage. As well as riding and showing in the hunter/jumper ring. Have earned the bronze and silver Dressage Canada rider pins. My riding goal is to earn 8’s on my riding.
Horse Name: Rhubi
Horse Breed: Canadian Warm Blood
Horse Sex: mare
Horse Age: five
Horse Biography: Rhubi is a 5 year old mare, which I raised off a MM Hanoverian called Falken. She received the top marks in her inspection for Canadian Warmblood in Manitoba, and was awarded first premium. I backed her as a four year old and she has limited showing two hunters shows and one bronze dressage show (training level). We have been taking in as many training experience as we can. I am very excited to have her to ride as she is by far the most talented horse I have owned! (Rhubi is working on connection and strength, can do lateral work, counter canter. She is very supple and balanced and forward moving.)

Coach and auditor registration details found at:  http://www.horseownertoday.com/ellenbontjeworkshop.aspx


EIA (Swamp Fever) in North East Saskatchewan update

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 15, 2011 18:30

A farm in North East Saskatchewan has 3 positive cases of EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia aka Swamp Fever) from the initital testing.  Sequential testing for all in contact horses in now occuring.


Sassy Sandals Etc. Show Schedule

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 11, 2011 11:18

Week of Oct 10th Etc.

Foothills Hospital  Monday, Oct 10,  9-5

Peter Lougheed Hospital, Tuesday Oct 11,  9-5

Grande Prairie Womens Show Oct 14-16

Eckville Xmas Market  Oct 22, 10-2


The Stewardship of Antibiotics in Horses

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 22, 2011 16:47


EIA (Swamp Fever) Confirmed in North East Saskatchewan

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 22, 2011 10:13

A farm in North East Saskatchewan has been placed under quarantine (jointly by the owner and the CFIA)  for the prescense of EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia aka Swamp Fever).


Breeding the Fastest Horse - Quarter Horse Industry Breeding Seminar

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 21, 2011 16:08

Breeding the Fastest Horse
A forum to advance racehorse breeding and business practices
Bridgewater Country Club, Fort Erie
Friday, October 7, 2011
Commencing 12:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this industry seminar if you are interested in producing a racehorse with solid
conformation, a competitive spirit and the genes for speed. Intended to benefit all
interested horse breeders, particularly those with an interest in Quarter Horses, the
seminar will focus on:
 Planned breeding, herd improvement and crosses that work for racing
 Factors affecting fertility and early conception in the broodmare
 Herd management practices to improve the chance of full-term pregnancy
 Marketing stallions
 How to get started breeding racehorses for the Ontario Quarter Horse Program
This seminar will be followed by a reception and dinner.
Cost: $69 (includes seminar and meal).
Cost for the seminar only - $39 per person Cost for dinner only - $30 per person
A Horsemen’s Rate is offered at the Clarion Hotel, 1485 Garrison Road, Fort Erie
Tel: 905-871-8333
Pre-registration for this seminar is required through the
Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (416) 213-0520.
Opening day for the October Quarter Horse meet at Fort Erie is the next day -- Saturday,
October 8th-- featuring the $150,000 added Ontario Jackpot Futurity and the $150,000
added Ontario Jackpot Derby.
12:30 P.M. - Welcome guests.
1:00 - Bloodlines and crosses that work in Quarter Horse Racing. Dan Lucas, AQHA
Champion Breeder in 2004 and breeder of multiple stakes winners including top
producing stallions Ocean Runaway and Wave Carver (World Champion), will talk about
planned breeding, herd improvement and crosses that work for racing; including
commercial bloodlines for market and lesser known crosses that produce fast horses.
2:00 – Influences on the early stages of conception. Dr. Keith Betteridge of Biomedical
Sciences at the University of Guelph will impart an understanding of the interactions
between the early embryo and the dam, and provide the base of knowledge essential to
understanding the maintenance of pregnancy in the mare. This presentation includes
current research from the University of Guelph, and insight into factors that may affect
3:00 - Break
3:30 - Preparing your mare for the breeding season. Dan Lucas will talk about his
experience with herd management practices that improve conception and increase the
chance of full-term pregnancy.
4:30 - Marketing stallions. Anna Meyers of Emerald Ridge Farm will talk about creating
effective print advertising, use of other forms of media including video, building and
working a contact list to market your stallion; and the use of frozen semen for added
revenue streams.
5:30 –How to get started breeding for the Ontario Quarter Horse Program. A
representative of the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program will answer
the questions - Why breed for racing? Why now?
6:15 – Cash Bar
7:00 – Dinner
Dan Lucas and wife Michelle are the owners and operators of Lucas Racing, Inc. in New
Market, Maryland. Dan Lucas, a retired emergency physician, started his racing and
breeding operation in 1975 and began running American Quarter Horses at Pompano
Park (Florida) in 1978. Dan is a current member of the AQHA Racing Committee and the
AQHA Racing Council and is an AQHA representative to the American Association of
Equine Practitioners subcommittee on racetrack veterinary costs. He currently serves on
both the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association board of directors and the Pacific
Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association board of directors. Dan has bred champions
Ocean Runaway, Wave Carver, and Cash For Kas, along with 2005 Broodmare of the
Year and Dam of Distinction, Runaway Wave. Dan was champion breeder in 2004.
Lucas Racing Inc. produces 20-25 foals annually using shipped semen and embryo
Born in Lyndhurst (‘capital’ of the New Forest in Hampshire, where the ponies come
from), Dr. Betteridge received his early education in England. He earned two degrees in
veterinary medicine – a BVSc from the University of Bristol in 1959 and a MVSc from
the University of Toronto (Ontario Veterinary College) in 1961. Dr. Betteridge met his
future wife while studying in Guelph. The Betteridges traveled back to the UK where Dr.
Betteridge practiced in a veterinary clinic specializing in large animals. Next, he returned
to research, completing his PhD at the University of Reading while studying pig
reproduction. After postdoctoral studies at the Medical School in Birmingham, Dr.
Betteridge returned to his wife’s native Canada. From 1967-1980, Dr. Betteridge was
employed by Agriculture Canada (Animal Diseases Research Institute). He then moved
to Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec to become the Director of the Centre of Research in Animal
Reproduction at the Université de Montréal for six years. In 1986, Dr. Betteridge
assumed a Research Chair at the University of Guelph and continued his studies on
embryo transfer in farm animals. In 1996, Dr. Betteridge became a University Professor
Emeritus and is currently enjoying his ‘retirement’ by continuing his studies of equine
reproduction with 17 research mares at the Ontario Veterinary College. He continues to
work with these mares to advance our knowledge in the area of reproductive biology.
Anna and her husband Patrick own and operate Emerald Ridge Farm on 134 acres in
Rockwood, Ontario. Emerald Ridge is a full service reproductive facility offering a
separate stallion barn with accommodations for resident stallions complete with a
laboratory and breeding shed. In any given year, 300 to 700 mares are serviced between
resident stallions and frozen semen. The main barn consists of 32 stalls housing
temporary and full time resident mares. Loafing sheds provide additional room. During
the breeding season, an additional farm is used to accommodate overflow. Emerald
Ridge Farm is an affiliate lab of Select Breeders Service (SBS). There are SBS affiliate
labs throughout the world, each using the latest technology and advances as it relates to
freezing horse semen. Anna has her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and
worked for many years in marketing and sales of veterinary pharmaceuticals. Patrick is a
DVM and Board Certified Theriogenologist specializing in equine reproduction. Emerald
Ridge Farm stands three Standardbred stallions on site, and has facilities and where
stallions can be collected and semen can be frozen for storage and for shipment globally.


News Release - Quarter Horse Industry Breeding Seminar

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 21, 2011 16:05



Quarter Horse Industry Breeding Seminar




September 2, 2011, Toronto, ON A special seminar on horse breeding practices is being held this fall in Fort Erie.  The seminar will be of benefit to all interested horse breeders, particularly those with an interest in Quarter Horses.  The session will be held:


Friday, October 7, 2011

1:00 p.m.

Bridgewater Country Club

700 Gilmore Road

Fort Erie, ON L2A 5M4


Topics will include:


·         Planned breeding, herd improvement and crosses that work for racing;

·         Herd management practices to improve conception and increase the chances of full-term pregnancy;

·         Factors affecting fertility and early conception in the broodmare;

·         Marketing stallions; and,

·         Breeding racehorses for the Ontario racing programs.


Keynote speakers:


·         Dan Lucas of Lucas Racing Inc. in Newmarket, Maryland, USA

·         Dr. Keith Betteridge, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Guelph


The seminar will be followed by a social and dinner. Tickets for the event are $69.00 and include the seminar and dinner. Pre-registration is required through the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program at 416-213-0520.


The following day, Saturday, October 8th, is opening day for the October Quarter Horse meet at Fort Erie Race Track and will feature the $150,000 added Ontario Jackpot Futurity and the $150,000 added Ontario Jackpot Derby.


The Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program is administered by the Ontario Racing Commission.  For information on other initiatives supported by the Program, please visit the Quarter Horse section of the Ontario Racing Commission website at www.ontarioracingcommission.ca or by contacting:


Sandy Anthony

Program Coordinator



What 's Your Biosecurity Risk?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 20, 2011 15:42

News Release

September 20, 2011

 With winter and flu season approaching, you’re ready to do everything in your power to reduce your chances of catching a cold, but how do you rate in keeping your horses safe from infectious disease?  See how you score.  Calculate your horse farm’s risks with Equine Guelph’s new and improved Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator, a tool designed for horse owners to generate a report that grades them on their biosecurity management practices on their farms.  

Live and online now at www.EquineGuelph.ca (click Biosecurity Risk Calculator), the interactive tool is an educational resource of Equine Guelph (University of Guelph) developed in collaboration with Colorado State University and sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.  

“Every horse owner should think about a biosecurity management plan,” says Karan Ann Paradis, Equine Product Manager of Vétoquinol. “Having a solid understanding of equine health, infectious disease and disease control is paramount in reducing biosecurity risk in a high-risk industry. Vétoquinol is delighted to support the development of this important educational tool for caretakers.”

The online resource helps horse owners calculate the biosecurity risk on their farms and also provides educational feedback on ways to decrease the risk of infectious disease.  It takes about 10 minutes to answer 42 questions in 10 categories about their farms and rates their individual biosecurity risks in each category.  Possible scores include: green for go (keep doing what you’re doing), yellow for caution (consider improvements) and red for stop (reassess to reduce serious risk). 

“The online resource will give horse owners a great starting point by revealing the potential risks currently present on their own farm and the most practical ways to decrease those risks,” says Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, AAEP Foundation Chairman.  “AAEP Foundation is pleased to collaborate with our partners in Canada and the U.S. to provide this valuable tool for horse owners in North America.”


Photo (horse in trailer) Caption:  Biosecurity is a major concern in the equine industry especially given the high rate of horse movement.

Photo Credit:  Photo by Jacquie Labatt

 - by Henrietta Coole




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.