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Calgary Children's Hospital to Benefit from Visions & HorseOwnerToday.com

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 5, 2011 16:51

Thanks to Chris from Visions, Saskatoon Faithful Ave. Branch for helping make possible the gifting of a 32" television to a Calgary Charity (yet to be determined).  This television will be used in our booth #106 at Spruce Meadows "The Masters" from September 7-11, 2011.  HorseOwnerToday will gift a lucky Calgary charitable organization with the television at the conclusion the "The Masters".  Come visit!


Canadian Karting Champion Chad Gruno

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 1, 2011 11:20

Congratulations to Chad Gruno of Saskatoon, Sk., Canadian Senior Karting Champion!  Chad will represent Canada at the World Karting Championship, in Italy this October.  This is Chad's 3rd Canadian Championship and his 3rd World Championship competition.


Muck Boots and More Trade Shows 2011

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 31, 2011 07:44
Aug 2, 3, 4,  - Northern Lights Futurity & Derby along with Rocking W Horse Sales 2011 - Keystone Center (Westoba Ag. Centre of  Excellence) Brandon, Man.


Sept 10, 11 - Moose Jaw, Sk. Gun Show - Royal Canadian Legion, 268 High St. W


Sept 17 - Arcola, Sk. Trade Show 10 - 4pm at the Prarie Place Hall


Oct 22 - Milestone, Sk. Trade Show in the Sports Arena


Nov. 4, 5, 6 - Saskatoon, Sk., 16th Annual Snowmobile Show - Prarieland Park:  Fri. 5 - 9, Sat. 11 - 7,  Sun. 11 - 5 
 Nov. 21 - Nov. 26 - Regina, Sk., Canadian Western Agribition - Agribition Building - open 10am - 7pm daily.



Hay and Crop Report for August 16-22, 2011

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 26, 2011 11:26

Warm and dry weather in many areas of the province has allowed Saskatchewan producers to combine nine per cent of the 2011 crop. Eighteen per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

The five-year (2006-2010) provincial average for this time of year is 10 per cent combined and 17 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest has progressed most in the southwest where 21 per cent of the crop has been combined.

Sixty-four per cent of the winter wheat, 69 per cent of the fall rye, 37 per cent of the lentils, 34 per cent of the field peas, five per cent of the canola and six per cent of the mustard have been combined. Thirty-five per cent of the canola, 23 per cent of the mustard, five per cent of the spring wheat and oats, seven per cent of the durum and 12 per cent of the barley are swathed or ready to straight-cut.

The majority of crop damage is due to wind, insects and hail.

Pasture conditions across the province are rated as 11 per cent excellent, 68 per cent good, 19 per cent fair and two per cent poor. Ninety-nine per cent of livestock producers have indicated they have adequate livestock water supplies.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as three per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and one per cent very short.

Farmers are busy swathing, combining and hauling bales.


For more information, contact:

Grant McLean
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306-694-3592


Hay News August August 9-15, 2011

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 24, 2011 17:20

Livestock producers in many areas of the province are finished haying; however, rainfall delayed progress in some areas this past week. The average provincial hay yield for both dryland alfalfa and alfalfa/brome stands is 1.9 tons per acre, which is the five-year average (2006 to 2010). Average yield on irrigated alfalfa and alfalfa/brome stands is 2.9 tons per acre. Average greenfeed yield is 2.2 tons per acre on dryland and 3.4 tons per acre on irrigated stands.

Thunderstorms throughout the province brought heavy rain, high wind, and damaging hail in some areas. The majority of crop damage is due to hail, wind and insects.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as eight per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short.

Farmers are busy swathing, combining and hauling hay.


For more information, contact:

Grant McLean
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306-694-3592



Cartier Equine Learning Center Academy of Equine Assisted Learning

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 19, 2011 20:19

Certified EAL Level-I Course Dates: (register) 

  • May 2 - Jun 16, 2011
  • Sep 6 - Oct 20, 2011
  • Oct 31 - Dec 15, 2011
  • Jan 2 - Feb 16, 2012
  • Feb 27 - Apr 19, 2012 (No Class during Easter Break)
  • Apr 30 - June 14, 2012

NCCP Equine Theory Course Dates:

  • May 12 - 13, 2011
  • Sep 15 - 16, 2011
  • Nov 10 - 11, 2011
  • Jan 12 - 13, 2012
  • Mar 8 - 9, 2012
  • May 10 - 11, 2012





posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 18, 2011 08:39


Equine Canada Reprints Popular Equimania, Danger Detective Activity Book!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 17, 2011 14:43


The popular 'Danger Detective on the Horse Farm' kids workbook is now available through Equine Canada!  Due to industry demand and thanks to a generous donation from Equine Canada, the popular youth safety activity book created by Equine Guelph and over 20 industry sponsors will be reprinted and made available through Equine Canada at no charge (large quantity orders will be subject to shipping charges).  Call 1.866.282.8395 ext. 133 or e-mail recreation@equinecanada.ca to order.



Star-Struck Equimaniacs Fill Kitchener Museum

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 17, 2011 14:13

THE MUSEUM and Kitchener-Waterloo youth camps were given a special treat August 4th as stars of equestrian sport made a special appearance at the EquiMania! attraction, currently on display at THEMUSEUM, 10 King Street West, Kitchener ON.

Equine Guelph’s Director Gayle Ecker, THEMUSEUM president David Strucke and Kitchener’s Mayor Carl Zehr were all present to welcome renowned equine celebrities including:  top drivers Doug McNair and Scott Zeron, International level eventer Karl Slezak, famous horse breeder Doug Nash and a host of other industry professionals.  The pros signed autographs and shared their horse experience engaging youth using the interactive EquiMania! stations.  Activities included: face painting, diggin’ the bone box with special guest Veterinarian Brenda Gough, leg wrapping, tail braiding, grooming and more!  Veteran horse breeder Doug Nash gained mixed reactions as the kids watched the birth of a foal, either exclaiming “cool” or “gross” but all were enthralled.  One camper insisted the foal be named Rosie.  Doug McNair and Scott Zeron certainly measure up when it comes to harness racing with thousands of wins between them.  At EquiMania! they helped the kids measure up to see what size horse  they compare to at the “How Tall am I?” activity.  And of course, no one (including THEMUSEUM’s camp coordinator Mark Mastrandrea) could resist taking a ride on, ever-popular, “Shorty Legs” especially with racing silks to wear and advanced eventing competitor Karl Slezak giving riding tips!

Many thanks to our equine celebrities for sharing their passion for all things equine on this special youth education day! 

Check out EquiMania! at THEMUSEUM up until August 28th.  Future EquiMania! appearances include: Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre in Guelph on Sept 24th, Brigden and Erin Fall Fairs on Oct 7th – 10th and  The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto November 4th – 14th.  Visit www.EquineGuelph.ca for more details.



Big Bidders at the horse auction spend 16 million!!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 10, 2011 07:16

The market for thoroughbreds seems immune to the down economy.

At least in Saratoga Springs, where horse owners spent more than 16 million dollars in just a few hours during the first night of the yearling sales.

While many of us were watching our 401-K’s drop yesterday, the world's rich and famous were shelling out an average of $330,000 for a thoroughbred horse.

Attendees of the annual Fasig-Tipton yearling sales are not a group that typically pinches pennies.

Tuesday afternoon, prospective owners were taking a sneak peak at the horses to be auctioned off.

On Monday, 49 horses were auctioned for more than $16 million.

Sheik Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, spent more than $4 million on six horses.

The annual horse sales followed troubling economic news and a 634 point drop in the stock market.

But the company that runs the auction says buyers seem unfazed.

Terence Collier, Director of Marketing of Fasig-Tipton says, "It's a strange thing. I mean, they are willing to put down, two, three, four-hundred thousand dollars more on a fragile thoroughbred, mainly because they love the sport so much. And that's what this is really all about. This is not a market for savvy investors. They made their money being savvy investors, they're here to enjoy their money."

The sales resumed 7:00 Tuesday night.



by Mark Mulholland