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NEWS RELEASE - RIMBEY AG-RIM PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 12, 2013 08:23

Rimbey (December 10,2012) – The Rimbey Agricultural Society heads into 2013 with plans for the group’s most ambitious project ever. At the annual general meeting December 6th, members heard an update on the Agrim Centre facility. The $3.4 million building will boast close to 60,000 square feet of space, including a riding arena and 900 seat grandstand, plus meeting space and a board room. It’s to be located inside the existing track and infield of the rodeo grounds.
“We’re excited to move forward with the Agrim,” said Rimbey Ag Society President Will Mackinaw. “It’s going to be a big year for our group, and we look forward to support from the community.”
“Our feasibility study showed the potential for a two million dollar annual boost to the town of Rimbey from the building,” added Agrim spokesman Tim Edge.
A 3D model of the planned ag recreation facility was shown at the group’s meeting. Features include an outside balcony, and use of new ‘green’ technology in construction, such as a solar wall, and the ability to collect rainwater for the building’s non-potable water needs.
The project has been in the works for about a year, but organizers say the need for such a facility has been evident for years.
“Our old building has been too small for any feasible equine or bovine events in central Alberta,” said Edge. “After seeing the success of the Ponoka Ag Events Centre, our Ag Society decided to follow suit, with the full support of Ponoka County.”
In fact, the County has already committed a million dollars over two years to the project.
While some might question whether the region could support two large new ag buildings, Edge is confident the demand is already there.
“We’ve already had calls from numerous rodeo and horse groups, as well as oil related companies looking for trade show space. We can pencil in a profit if it’s used even thirty weekends a year, and we think that’s an achievable goal.”
“The possibilities for its uses are limited only by imagination, because it’s designed to be so multi-functional.”
The first phase of the project, which included the feasibility study, is complete, and a down payment has been made. Phase two, with some initial construction, is slated to begin early in the new year, after blueprints are completed.
“We appreciate the County’s support,” Edge noted. “We’re still looking for individuals and corporate partners to help make the facility a reality.”
A website with the latest information on the Agrim building project has also been launched at www.agrim.ca.
For further information contact:
Tim Edge 403-354-6730

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Community Infrastructure in Central Saskatchewan

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 12, 2013 08:18


Lanigan, Saskatchewan - Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for nine projects that are set to take place across the province over the next two years under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

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Gagliano Elected AHC Trustee

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 10, 2013 07:34




James L. Gagliano of The Jockey Club has been elected to the American Horse Council Board of Trustees.  Gagliano has been the president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, the breed registry for all Thoroughbred horses in North America, since January 1, 2010.  He had been the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of that organization for five years before that.

“The Jockey Club was a founding member of the American Horse Council when it was organized in 1969 and we have been an enthusiastic supporter and member ever since,” said Gagliano.  “I have a great appreciation for the need for an organization such as the AHC.  In addition to promoting and protecting the equine industry by representing its interests in Congress and before federal regulatory agencies on national issues of importance, the Horse Council is an invaluable resource to the industry itself.  I look forward to helping in all these efforts.”

“The AHC is very pleased that Jim Gagliano has agreed to serve on the board,” said AHC president Jay Hickey.  “He has been involved in racing for many years and active in the legislative process, including testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee on the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act.  He has industry and Washington experience.”

Prior to joining The Jockey Club’s management team, Gagliano served as executive vice president of Magna Entertainment Corporation’s Maryland racing operations, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Maryland Jockey Club. He also served as president, MEC OTB, and group vice president, MEC Northern Group.  Before that, Gagliano served as executive vice president and general manager of Greenwood Racing Inc. and worked in various roles during a 10-year stint with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

Since October 2010, Gagliano has served as vice chairman representing the Americas for the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ Executive Council.

Gagliano is married with three children and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Providence College.


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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.

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AHC Urges Horse Community to Take Part in USDA Agricultural Census

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 10, 2013 07:25



The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is preparing to conduct its 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. Horses will be included in the Census.  Every five years, USDA conducts an agriculture census to determine the number of U.S. farms and ranches and gather vital information about U.S agriculture, including the horse community.   The census is a valuable tool to help the USDA determine land use and ownership, livestock populations, operator characteristics, production practices, farm income as well as other important information. 

“It is very important that the American horse community is properly accounted for in the upcoming Census,” said AHC president Jay Hickey.  “The information collected by the Census will influence agricultural policy for the next five years. It’s vital all farms and ranches with horses participate in the Census so the USDA has accurate information regarding the size and scope of the horse community.”

Farm or ranch owners who participated in the last Census in 2007 will automatically be mailed a survey that can be filled in and mailed back. If a farm or ranch was not part of the 2007 Census and has not received a form in the mail, the owner can go to the USDA’s census website, http://www.agcensus.usda.gov, and register. Once this form is submitted online, a survey will be mailed. Once they have received their form in the mail owners will have the option to fill out the Census online or mail back the form. 

Further information on the 2012 Census of Agriculture can be found on the USDA’s website at http://www.agcensus.usda.gov.  Farmers and ranchers should receive a Census form in the mail by early January.  Completed forms are due by February 4, 2013.
    
“Members of the horse community need to understand that even if they have a very small farm or ranch they still qualify to take part in the Census. If you made $1,000 from selling horses, stud fees or some other equine activity you should participate. If you made $1,000 from any combination of agricultural activity and have horses on the property you should participate and list those horses,” said Hickey. “But don’t forget to send in your form before the February 4th deadline.”

According to the USDA guidelines for the Census, a farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products, including horses, were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the year.


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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.

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STEWART ANNOUNCES THIRD ANNUAL AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 2, 2012 12:54


Agriculture Presents Promising Career Choices for Youth
Today Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the launch of the third annual Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship.
"I am pleased to announce this scholarship to help encourage our youth to pursue careers in the agriculture industry," Stewart said. "We have a strong, vibrant industry in Saskatchewan with many opportunities, creating a high demand for skilled, dedicated people."
Ten scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to Saskatchewan youth. Students in Grade 12 and recent graduates entering agriculture-related post-secondary studies in 2013 are eligible to apply. Applicants are asked to produce a three-minute creative video or write a well researched 750-word essay describing why agriculture, today more than ever, is a vibrant, diverse industry. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2013. Winning submissions will be posted on the ministry website in the spring.
"There are an abundance of opportunities for our youth in agriculture, including farming and ranching, research, manufacturing, sales and agronomy, to name just a few," Stewart said. "Having well-trained youth will be critical to the future of our province and help to ensure Saskatchewan continues to be a global leader in agriculture."
For more information on the Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship, visit www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/scholarship.
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For more information, contact:
Charlotte McGraw
Agriculture
Regina
Phone: 306-787-6969
Email: charlotte.mcgraw@gov.sk.ca

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Survey of Current Biosecurity Procedures at Breeding Farms

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 17, 2012 08:53



 
 
Healthy horses are the key to a sustainable equine industry. Biosecurity plays a vital role in both individual horse and herd health. To help assess current biosecurity practices and training needs at breeding farms, breeding farm owners are invited to participate in a research study being coordinated by Dr. Ulrika Gronlund Andersson and Dr. Scott Weese from the University of Guelph.  The confidential survey will take between 45 - 60 minutes to complete.
 
If you have any questions about this study, please contact Dr. Scott Weese of the Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph at 519-824-4120 ext 54064 or jsweese@uoguelph.ca.
 
Take this survey online at:http://www.easyresearch.se/s.asp?WID=868515&Pwd=75871771
 
 
 
 
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EQUIMANIA! RETURNS TO THE ROYAL

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 17, 2012 08:47

 



 
 
EquiMania! has been busy this year traveling all over Ontario and the U.S, recruiting EquiManiacs keen  on learning more about horses and safety. 
 
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Kubota, Ontario Equestrian Federation, SSG Gloves, System Fencing, Pfizer Animal Health, ShurGain and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services;  EquiMania! continues to be a family favorite!
 
After being featured at many local fall fairs, EquiMania!  will bring its hugely popular interactive display to Toronto for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to wind up its 2012 tour.  Look for the new displays featuring "Report on Research" videos and a Colic Prevention exhibit.   And back by popular demand - EquiMania! Explorer - an interactive safety activity for kids.
 
Learn how to become an EquiMania! volunteer!   You could bring your whole barn to volunteer for the day - find out what we have to offer.
Contact: equimania4kids@uoguelph.ca   
Learn how to bring EquiMania! to your event in 2013.

 
 
 
 
                                                                    
 

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HOW CAN HORSE OWNERS PRACTISE GOOD BIOSECURITY?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 19, 2012 11:04

 
Equine Guelph's eWorkshop Helps You Protect Your Horse from Infectious Diseases -  "Beat the Bugs" with Biosecurity
 
 
Guelph, Ontario - Back by popular demand, Equine Guelph has announced the second offering of the Biosecurity Prevention eWorkshop from October 22 - November 4, 2012.  Equine Guelph's new eWorkshops are two-week online short courses designed for busy horse owners. They provide the latest evidence-based information available from University of Guelph and industry experts.
 
Take a look at Equine Guelph's Report on Research video with University of Guelph's Dr. Scott Weese outlining practical points of what a horse owner can do to reduce the chances of his or her horse catching an infectious disease such as West Nile Virus.
 
Dr. Weese, who also authors the "Worms and Germs" blog, says "Having a basic infection control plan in place is probably the biggest thing someone can do to reduce the risk of disease."
 
Weese goes on to stress, "It does not matter what you do with your horse(s), or whether you have only one horse, or a herd of 100, as an owner you should have a general idea of the measures you are going to take in order to reduce the risk of infection."
 
Weese has been working in the area of biosecurity and infection control for over 15 years, always looking for better ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases with a strong emphasis on prevention. He gives talks at Equine Guelph's new biosecurity workshops and two week eWorkshop.
 
In fact, Weese was the first speaker at Equine Guelph's "Beat the Bugs" biosecurity workshops launched last April for horse enthusiasts around the globe. He says, "Equine Guelph's biosecurity programs are great for getting people thinking in a broader context when it comes to infection control and putting into practice the easy day-to-day steps which can reduce outbreaks of disease."
 
The two week eWorkshop introduces practical steps that are easy to make into daily habits including:
 
1. Identifying risks of infectious disease in the barn and creating a practical biosecurity plan.
 
2. Reducing risks of disease by having and using hand washing stations, clean footwear and rules for visitors.
 
3. Having protocols for isolating new and returning horses. Biosecurity is just as important on the road and when visiting other venues. Disease is easily spread through equipment sharing.
 
The first eWorkshop was positively received:
 
Patty Russen, New York, USA said, "This course offered extensive information on biosecurity. I believe it to be valuable, and even essential, for any barn owner or for any horse owner/boarder that wants to protect and give their horse the best and safest conditions possible." 
 
"Beat the Bugs" is an awareness campaign developed by Equine Guelph with the assistance of 13 industry partners: the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Colorado State University, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Grand River Agricultural Society, 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.
 
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.
 
For more information about Equine Guelph's biosecurity programs and to view the Biosecurity Calculator please visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.php or contact Susan Raymond at
Equine Guelph, slraymon@uoguelph.ca.
 
Equine Guelph offers award-winning online education from one of the top universities in Canada - the University of Guelph.   Students benefit from insights offered by leading industry experts from across North America. Equine Guelph's online program has attracted over 1,000 students from all around the world, including every province in Canada, the United States, France, United Arab Emirates, Korea, Egypt, Australia, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Israel, Columbia, India and South Africa. Equine Guelph is known worldwide as one of the most respected online equine learning communities.
 
Don't miss out- on the next two-week eWorkshop October 22 - November 4, 2012. Cost is $75 + HST.
 
Visit http://www.equineguelph.ca/biosecurity_esessions.php for course details.
 
 
                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
 

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EQUUS Foundation Joins UHC and Teams up with R.O.A.R. Campaign

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 13, 2012 18:13

 

 

Washington, DC – September 13, 2012. The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) welcomes its newest member, The EQUUS Foundation.

The EQUUS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, promoting the use of horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal.

The Foundation provides financial support through grants to horse-related charities across the United States, operating a network of equine organizations and equine enthusiasts; providing scholarships to reward volunteer service on behalf of horses, and conducting information outreach to educate the public about horses.

In 2012 the EQUUS Foundation awarded over $290,000 in grants to charities dedicated to the well-being of horses, and improving the quality of life of people through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

The EQUUS Foundation has also been selected as the newest member of the Animal Planet’s Reach Out. Act. Respond. (R.O.A.R.) Campaign. From September 1 through October 31, Animal Planet will provide each participating partner with money based on the donations that they receive in association with the R.O.A.R. eight-week matching campaign. The donations received will be used to rescue, retrain, and re-home unwanted and abandoned horses as therapy horses. Animal Planet is also awarding a bonus to the charity with the highest number of Facebook shares. To donate, follow this link:  http://www.equusfoundation.org/ROAR; Click ‘share’ to spread the word.

“We are pleased to be joining forces with the EQUUS Foundation. It is truly a pleasure to work with an organization that does such wonderful things for unwanted horses in our industry. We look forward to helping many of our nation’s unwanted horses and horse rescues together,” said Ericka Caslin, Director of the UHC.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses.  

For more information about joining the UHC or unwanted horses, please visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Ericka Caslin at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org.


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The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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Equine Extravaganza, with Rags-to-Riches Talent Search, Collaborates with Unwanted Horse Coalition

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 25, 2012 07:40



Washington, DC – August 21, 2012. The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) announces its newest member, Equine Extravaganza.

Equine Extravaganza is a Mid-Atlantic region equine trade show that occurs in Richmond, Virginia in November each year. This year marks Equine Extravaganza’s eighth anniversary and the event will occur between November 2nd and 4th. The mission of the Equine Extravaganza is to provide an annual comprehensive horse industry exposition that will promote all aspects of the Mid-Atlantic horse industry and offer a variety of educational opportunities for horse enthusiasts of all types and across all disciplines.

The Rags-to-Riches Talent Search is the newest feature of Equine Extravaganza’s Horse Rescue Initiative, which aims to promote the adoption of unwanted horses and aid for horse rescue groups. The Rags-to-Riches Talent Search will feature rescued superstar horses and their comeback journey, giving the selected rescuers and their rescued steeds the chance to share their story and strut their stuff for Equine Extravaganza fans, both online and at the event.

The competition, which will be held on November 3rd at the Equine Extravaganza, will feature these rescued horses’ talents that may range from jumping, dressage, liberty work, flatwork, tricks, barrels, or other unique abilities. The horses’ stories may be equally as heartwarming and entertaining as their talents. The goals of the competition are to showcase the rescued horses’ talents, highlight their potential as spectacular partners, and educate attendees about rescued horses and horse rescues in an effort to increase support for horse rescues nationwide.

The panel of celebrity judges will include, Harry De Layer, owner of Snowman, and Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty Dollar Champion, the story of Harry and Snowman. The judges will select the winner of the Rags-to-Riches competition and the winner will be awarded a cash prize. A special care package will be given to a rescue of the owner’s choice.

“Equine Extravaganza is committed to encouraging adoption of unwanted horses whenever possible,” said Vicki O’Hara, President of Equine Extravaganza. “We began our Horse Rescue Initiative 3 years ago with a showcase of horses that are available for adoption. This year we’ve taken it a step further by including our Rags-to-Riches Rescue Horse Talent Search, which will give our attendees a flavor of the magic that can happen when these horses are given a second chance.”

The UHC is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses. 

“The Equine Extravaganza is an event that is truly dedicated to helping our nation’s unwanted horses and aiding rescue horses and facilities. The UHC is looking forward to collaborating with the Equine Extravaganza and the Rags-to-Riches Talent Search Competition,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC director.

For more information about Equine Extravaganza, the Rags-To-Riches Talent Search, and how you can enter your rescue horse, please visit http://www.equineextravaganza.com.

Additional information about the Unwanted Horse Coalition is available by logging on to www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or by calling 202-296-4031.

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.


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