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Distance Learning Program Offers Ease of Equine Education

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 5, 2012 11:48

 


Equine Guelph unveils the first offering of Advanced Equine Behavior this fall as part of their award-winning course lineup.

Guelph, Ontario - June 14, 2012 - Building upon its success in providing quality education in an easy-to-use online format, Equine Guelph at the University of Guelph is pleased to announce the first offering of Advanced Equine Behaviour as part of the newly introduced Equine Welfare Certificate program.

Through this 12-week online course, students will develop a higher level of understanding regarding equine behaviour, including abnormal behaviour and the management practices which contribute to them. Students will also be provided with an in-depth look at the behaviour research process and apply this evidence-based learning to current practices in order to build upon their knowledge of horses both as individuals and as a species.

Course instructor Kelly Jimmerson is an alumnus of Michigan State University's horse management certificate and graduate programs and has worked in the horse industry since 1991. "I have studied the science and psychology of animal behavior and horse training, and it continues to be my favourite topic of study and practice," says Jimmerson. She feels that this course will be of great interest to young professionals coming into the industry, as well as for mid-life professionals and hobbyists with an interest in equine behaviour.

Key topics of Advanced Equine Behaviour will include equine learning and the roles of positive and negative reinforcement; equine stress, sterotypies, and management practices; and management practice evaluation in regards to equine behaviour and welfare.

"A growing number of people are concerned with acting in accordance with the horse's nature during training, handling, and care," says Jimmerson, who is certified as a riding instructor through the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International, and through the Certified Horsemanship Association. "This course will give students the opportunity to delve into the evidence-based research that is informing our understanding of the horse's nature and well-being, apply it to real-life situations, as well as the tools to evaluate how closely current management systems fit with the horse's nature."

Students will also be provided with the opportunity to conduct a research project, giving them the opportunity to focus on a behaviour topic of their choice and allowing for an intense literature review of a specific part of equine behaviour that is relevant to their interests and situations.

"One of the larger goals of the research project is to give students the skills necessary to stay 'current' and to evaluate sources of information and theories so that they may conduct research independently after the course is complete," says Jimmerson.

Other courses offered in Equine Guelph's Fall 2012 lineup include: Management of the Equine Environment, Equine Health & Disease Prevention, Equine Nutrition, Growth & Development, Exercise Physiology, Equine Business Management, Equine Journalism, and Stewardship of the Equine Environment. Registration is now open, with early bird registration ending August 10. Courses run from September 10 to December 2, 2012.

For more information, please contact the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at info@coles.uoguelph.ca, call 519-767-5000 or visit http://www.equinestudiesdiploma.com.

About Equine Guelph

Equine Guelph is the horse owner's Centre at the University of Guelph, supported and overseen by equine industry groups, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.

Equine Guelph partners with the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support to provide accessible, evidence based knowledge to the equine industry in Canada and Internationally. 19 online courses are currently being offered.

www.equineguelph.ca

About The Centre of Open Learning and Educational Support

The Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise and leadership to the University of Guelph community and our partners in the following: the scholarship and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced education, open learning and professional development. We provide support for teaching and learning that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental, and based on best practices.

www.coles.uoguelph.ca

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AHC Presents 2012 Van Ness Award to Kentucky’s Madelyn Millard

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 3, 2012 12:59

 



Each year, the American Horse Council presents the Van Ness Award to a person who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in her state.  It is awarded in memory of Mrs. Marjorie Van Ness, one of the founders of the New Jersey Horse Council and the AHC’s Coalition of State Horse Councils.  This year’s award was presented to Madelyn Millard of Lexington, KY for her great service to the horse community in Kentucky and nationwide. 

“As president of the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC), Ms. Millard has made her state council effective and critical to the industry’s health and involved at the state and national level,” said AHC president Jay Hickey in presenting the award at the recent AHC annual meeting.  “During her tenure as president, Madelyn guided the KHC board and staff to develop novel programs in such diverse areas as horse welfare, equine professional education, youth support and recognition, trail protection, and legislative involvement and communications.”

One of Ms. Millard’s major goals was to educate both the general public and Kentucky elected officials that the term “horse industry” not only applies to big racing and breeding operations in Kentucky, but to all breeds and all activities.  She helped to create programs that emphasized that horse farms, whether commercial or recreational, play a large part in the agricultural life of Kentucky.  Other noteworthy programs she helped create are: Save Our Horses, which funds programs helping unwanted horses; Gelding and Euthanasia Clinics, which supplemented funding for horse owners’ whose incomes did not allow them to pay for these services; and an Equine Disaster Relief Fund to assist horse owners nationwide if they are victims of floods, tornadoes, or other natural disasters.  “These are all great programs and models for other states to follow,” said Hickey. 

Ms. Millard also had the vision to recognize that the Kentucky Horse Council was not just a state organization, but also an important participant in the national industry through equine connections and partnerships.  She believes it is critical to be involved with the equine industry at the national level and has been active in the Coalition of State Horse Councils, first serving as vice chair in 2010-11 and then being elected Chair in 2012 at the AHC’s Annual Meeting.

"I am honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the Van Ness award.  However, without the support of a great Kentucky Board of Directors and a truly outstanding Executive Director I would not be accepting this award today. They shared my vision and supported the creation of so many new programs and I share this award with them,” said Millard.
                                                                                                                         
Ms. Millard currently manages the Equine Division of Waterwild Farm, a 530-acre family-owned farm in Lexington, Kentucky.  She is responsible for 40-50 client horses, as well as twelve Waterwild-owned horses, most of which are sport/pleasure horses involved in disciplines from Dressage to Eventing.  She personally rides gaited American Saddlebreds, an off-the-track Thoroughbred or a Morgan.

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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. Organized in 1969, 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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Emergency Response Deficit - Sask. Power

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 27, 2012 13:50

Our family, like many others in Saskatchewan in the past several days is experiencing a power outage.  We understand that situations occur where we have little or no control.  However, I do have an issue with not being able to report (via telephone) the outage (when our neighbors have power).

Our next door neighbor went to pay his two power bills today, his thoughts were "I'll report out outage in person because I have not been able to via telephone"....HE WAS TOLD THAT HE COULD NOT REPORT THE OUTAGE, BUT HE SHOULD USE THE 310-2220 TELEPHONE NUMBER!  Hello Sask. Power people, we can't report outages because you are not accepting any more calls!

We understand shutting down your outage report line BUT REPLACE IT WITH A MESSAGE THAT SAYS (JUST AN EXAMPLE)  "Please listen carefully, We have multiple outages in the following towns, cities, hamlet, villages and R.M.'s.........the list........if you have an outage NOT on the list please press 1 to report it now"  followed by "If you are in distress,  have a disabilitity that requires power, special needs or other, please press 2 for immediate assistance (and be connected to EMO)

http://www.saskpower.com/customer_service/outages/?ftr_link=power_trouble

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Damaging winds, severe thunderstorms, and hail across southern Saskatchewan

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 25, 2012 12:27

 

Forecasters began monitoring a storm system in southern Saskatchewan Monday, which has potential to produce severe thunderstorms, hail, and damaging winds. It is expected to track eastward throughout the day.
The gusts are extremely powerful with this system and may cause damage to property and hydro lines. Environment Canada last measured the winds to be in excess of 120 km/h.
"The gusts with this system are about 30 km/h stronger than the winds associated with Tropical Storm Debby" compares Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
The severe thunderstorm is capable of producing quarter-sized hail in some areas. Residents are urged to seek shelter and to stay indoors, as the hail may pose a threat to ones personal safety.
The severe thunderstorms located west of Kincaid will move toward the east throughout the day. Forecasters are reminding residents that some severe thunderstorms have the potential to produce tornadoes. People are advised to take immediate safety precautions if threatening weather approaches.
For latest watches and warnings visit our Alerts page.

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=Damaging_winds__severe_thunderstorms__and_hail_across_southern_Saskatchewan_25_06_2012&warningtype=aw&ref=wxnetappactivewxV5&var1=537122432

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New Marketing Initiative to be Highlighted at AHC National Issues Forum

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 14, 2012 19:36




The American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum, entitled “Reinvigorating the Horse Industry,” will feature a new national marketing initiative for the horse industry that involves ten national associations and large corporate industry stakeholders.  It will be announced at the forum on June 26 in Washington, DC, during the AHC’s annual meeting, which will run from June 25 to 27 at the Washington Court Hotel.    

“This initiative involves major organizations and corporations in the horse industry,” said AHC president Jay Hickey.  “They have been meeting for about nine months; formed a coalition under the American Horse Council; committed funding for the effort for several years; and hired Patti Colbert Enterprises to draft a marketing plan.  While the full marketing plan has not been finalized, the group thought the AHC’s Issues Forum would be a good place to announce its existence and activities to date and how other organizations can participate in the initiative in the future.”

A key component of the marketing initiative is a study that Pfizer Animal Health has completed to determine why people interested in horses do not own a horse and why they are not more involved with equine activities, either as participants or spectators.  Stuart Meikle, Marketing Director, Equine, Pfizer Animal Health, will present the findings of that study, which is intended to identify recommendations for messaging strategies that will encourage more ownership and participation.

Patti Colbert and Janet Greenlee of Patti Colbert Enterprises, which will be leading the effort, will provide an outline of what the initiative hopes to accomplish and its plans to date.  Patti Colbert has produced events and drafted marketing plans for the horse industry for some time.  She developed the highly-successful Extreme Mustang Makeover events with the Bureau of Land Management and has produced several television programs on horses.

“The AHC is very pleased this initiative will be highlighted at the National Issues Forum so that others in the industry will be aware of it.  Hopefully, this will lay the foundation for others in the horse community to take advantage of the proposals to connect horses and people once the plan is finalized,” said Hickey.

Already on the agenda for the program are presentations by The Jockey Club and the American Quarter Horse Association on their ongoing efforts to reinvigorate the horse industry. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the National Issues Forum will host speakers on “Legislative Advocacy in the Electronic Age.”  Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY) will be the featured speaker.  Mr. Owens serves on the House Agriculture Committee. 

The AHC’s annual Congressional Reception will take place on Tuesday night and the Congressional Ride-In on Wednesday, which provides an opportunity for the horse community to meet with their Members of Congress.   

The AHC’s various committees, including the Unwanted Horse Coalition, will meet on Monday, June 25, to discuss issues affecting the equine community. 

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


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. Organized in 1969, 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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Canadian Equestrian Championships

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 4, 2012 13:38

Saskatchewan Horse Federation
   
Calling all prospective Team Saskatchewan Members... if you intend to pursue a spot on Team Saskatchewan to attend the Canadian Equestrian Championships in Bromont Quebec (September 2012), please submit your Declaration of Interest as soon as possible.  (This applies to Dressage, Jumping and Reining.)
     Forms can be mailed to:
     2205 Victoria Avenue
     Regina, SK  S4P 0S4
or faxed to 306.525.4009.

 CEC - Declaration of Interest

Please remember to submit your Results for calculation no later than August 15th.
 

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An End to Canada’s Horse Slaughter Industry in Sight?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 3, 2012 20:52

An End to Canada’s Horse Slaughter Industry in Sight?

Orangeville, Ontario:  On May 31, 2012, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) released its report “CFIA and the Art of Evasion”, http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/cfia-and-the-art-of-evasion.pdf, in response to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s deflection tactics to questions concerning the welfare of horses in Canada’s horse slaughter plants, as well as the safety of horsemeat for human consumption.

On the same day, the Daily Racing Form reported that two slaughterhouses, Bouvry Exports in Fort Macleod, Alberta, and Viandes Richelieu in Massueville, Quebec, will no longer be accepting Thoroughbreds: http://www.drf.com/news/canadian-slaughterhouse-firm-no-longer-accepting-thoroughbreds.

Thoroughbreds comprise approximately 14% of the total number of horses slaughtered in Canada for the meat market.  The vast majority of horsemeat is shipped overseas to Europe and Asia for human consumption.  It is a known fact that 99% of Thoroughbreds in the racing industry, at some point in their careers, have been administered drugs such as phenylbutazone, which are prohibited from entering the food chain.

Today we ask the CFIA:  What now?  This news may be the beginning of the decline of the horsemeat industry.  Thoroughbreds are not the only horses to receive drugs prohibited from being used for human consumption.  Horses from all directions enter the slaughter market.  They come from trail riding businesses, family farms, the rodeo circuit, and other facets of the racing industry, such as Standardbred harness racing and Quarter Horse racing.

The CFIA relies heavily upon an Equine Information Document (EID) system to determine whether horses headed for slaughter have been administered drugs.  However, this faulty system is, in turn, reliant upon the honesty of irresponsible owners wishing to offload their horses, as well as unscrupulous feedlot operators whose only interest in horse slaughter is the profit that can be made from this practice.

The safety of Canadian horsemeat cannot be guaranteed.  Neither is equine slaughter a humane process.  It is fraught with animal welfare violations, as proven by numerous undercover investigations:  http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/investigations.html

Today, we further ask the Thoroughbred racing industry:  What now?  The slaughter option has been removed from two large Canadian slaughter plants.  Will the industry now begin to truly work to protect its race horses through industry subsidized adoption programs and promote responsible horse husbandry that will include retainment and rehoming of Thoroughbreds, instead of silently allowing the untimely deaths of the very horses who make their industry possible?

The Canadian government can run, but it cannot hide from the truth.  There is no such thing as the humane slaughter of an easily-panicked flight animal such as the horse.  Further, there is no way to guarantee that the meat of horses can be free from drug contaminants.  They are our companions and our working partners, and many have been medicated with substances that can be risky to human health if consumed.

Canada must abolish horse slaughter without delay.

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/an-end-to-canadas-horse-slaughter-industry-in-sight-2/

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Jean-François Pignon at the Dublin Horse Show 2012

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 31, 2012 07:41
 

The RDS is delighted to announce that the mystifying Frenchman, Jean-François Pignon and his free roaming Camargue ponies are set to take centre stage at the 2012 Dublin Horse Show, with demonstrations twice daily.

Jean-Francois Pignon has become something of a phenomenon, having developed and refined his skills of natural horsemanship to an unimaginable level.  He will demonstrate the true trust and understanding that can exist between man and horse through a series of daredevil acts and acrobatics in the RDS Main Arena & Simmonscourt during this year’s Show which takes place from the 15th to the 19th of August inclusive.

About Jean-François
It is almost 30 years since Jean-François Pignon took part in his first performance. Born in 1968, in Chalones sur Loire, in Western France.   As a young boy Jean-François was mainly interested in sports; running and soccer, that is until the day his father André, arrived home with a yearling filly which they subsequently named Gazelle.  There was an immediate and extraordinary link between Jean-François and the filly from the day she arrived.  They would play for hours and even go to school together!  It was obvious to all that Jean-François had a very natural way with horses.

After a period of time working in the family’s trail riding business, Jean-François and his brother Frederic decided to form their own company, where they put on circus-like acrobatic demonstrations with horses.  These shows proved very popular and as a result the brothers got roles in the riding scenes for the "Wilhelm Tell" TV series.  They were now also working with the offspring of Gazelle, a filly named Salsa.

In 1991 Jean-François and Frederic presented a show they called ‘Cheval Passion’ (Horse Passion) in Avignon, and this was the first time they worked with their horses without any tack.  It was a great success.  It provided opportunities to perform in Verona and Paris followed by many other big shows all over the world.

The brothers now work separately, with Jean-François choosing to continue to perform with his horses at ‘liberty’.  His performances take place with up to eight horses with Jean-François demonstrating time again, how he has achieved the maximum trust that there can be, between man and horse.

Jean-François now also runs training programmes which are attended by people from all over the world where he imparts his unique method of training and working with horses.

www.dublinhorseshow.com

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Marketing Initiatives and Advocacy Are Topics of AHC National Issues Forum

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 30, 2012 20:31

The American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum, entitled “Reinvigorating the Horse Industry,” will feature several important initiatives undertaken by major organizations in the last year.  The forum will be held June 26 in Washington, DC, during the AHC’s annual meeting, which will run from June 25 to 27 at the Washington Court Hotel.    

“Many industry leaders are concerned with the decline in horse ownership and the falling trend in public interest in our various activities,” said AHC president Jay Hickey.  “Several organizations are striving to rebuild the fan base and attract young people to the magic of horses.  We are very pleased to have The Jockey Club and the American Quarter Horse Association outline their ongoing efforts to reinvigorate the horse industry.” 

James L. Gagliano, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Jockey Club, will provide an update on The Jockey Club’s multi-year plan to implement many of the wide-ranging recommendations that emanated from The Jockey Club’s comprehensive economic study of the Thoroughbred industry in 2011.

That study, conducted by the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and entitled “Driving Sustainable Growth for Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding,” analyzed the current state and prospective future of Thoroughbred racing and breeding in North America.  Since its release last August, The Jockey Club has been undertaking the various recommendations, including: increased television coverage of racing, a new interactive website for fans, the creation of a free-to-play game and a social game, and development of a new resource to encourage Thoroughbred ownership.

Todd Branson, director of Youth Development, American Quarter Horse Association, will describe AQHA’s efforts to bring tomorrow’s horsemen and horsewomen into the horse industry through its new Digital Oats program, a new, all-breeds youth organization that hopes to unite the world’s most active equine groups through a mixture of horse games, activities and a new website.  The program’s objectives are to introduce America’s youth to the world of horses and the equine lifestyle, ignite a lifetime passion for horses, and seek parental support for equine activities that can benefit their child mentally, physically, socially and spiritually.   

On Tuesday afternoon, the National Issues Forum will host speakers on “Legislative Advocacy in the Electronic Age.”  Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY) will be the featured speaker.  Mr. Owens serves on the House Agriculture Committee. 

Also speaking will be Neil Shader, Communications Manager of the Wilderness Society, who will give a presentation on how organizations can use social media to engage and communicate with their members and the broader horse community to improve grassroots advocacy efforts.

The afternoon will conclude with a panel discussion with Congressional staff about how the increase in electronic correspondence and the use of social media is impacting how Congressional offices hear from, and respond to, constituents in this new age.

The AHC’s annual Congressional Reception will take place on Tuesday night and the Congressional Ride-In on Wednesday.  This year’s meeting will also host the AHC’s Breed Roundtable, a popular event that brings together leaders of horse associations to discuss common issues of importance to the industry.   

The AHC’s various committees, including the Unwanted Horse Coalition, will meet on Monday, June 25, to discuss issues affecting the equine community. 

More information on these Forums and the entire AHC annual meeting, including registration and hotel information, can be found on the AHC’s website, http://www.horsecouncil.org/2012-annual-meeting or by contacting the AHC.

The American Horse Council was organized in 1969 to represent the horse industry in Washington before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies.  It is a non-profit corporation that represents all segments of the equine industry. All individual horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, trainers, competitors, recreational riders, service providers, or anyone who desires to join the grassroots efforts of the horse community in Washington are encouraged to Join the American Horse Council <http://www.horsecouncil.org/ahc-memberships> .

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12 x $250 000 Grants to Small Business Available to U.S. Business

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 29, 2012 10:34

 

Chase and LivingSocial want to help fuel that drive by awarding up to 12 individual grants of $250,000 to 12 small businesses.

Submit your Mission: Small Business℠ application today! Program ends June 30, 2012.

https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/

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