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QMS Equestrian Team Hits the High Jumps

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 30, 2013 14:45

 

Photo (courtesy of Barbara Rankin): QMS Head Coach Cheryl Keith rode Go Shorty to win the BCHJA Canadian

QMS Riders Start the School Season
September 30th, 2013 ‐ Duncan, BC, Canada – It may have been a soggy start to the season, but the Queen
Margaret’s School Equestrian Team didn’t let the weather bring them down at the British Columbia Hunter
Jumper Association (BCHJA) Fall Finals at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley the weekend of September 21‐22.
Weather aside, the BCHJA Fall Finals is an incredibly challenging competition for riders of all levels to compete at.
“We enjoy taking team members to this show in Langley because of the great facilities, wonderful riders and team
atmosphere,” explains QMS Head Coach Cheryl Keith. “Their poise and professionalism were there each time they
entered the arena.”
Christine Coels (Grade 10) on QMS’ Clockwork continued her winning streak with a Championship win in 2’3” Short
Stirrup Hunter and Reserve Champion 2’6” Pre‐Children’s Equitation, while teammate Kassidy Keith rode Wallabee
to a Championship finish in the B Equitation division.
Grade 10 rider Catherine Rankin’s horse Go Shorty has been called “the little engine that could” and continues to
earn top marks in the Pacific Northwest. Not only did Rankin ride him to win Champion in 3’ Children’s Equitation
(14 & Under) and Reserve Champion in the 3’ Children’s Hunter (14 & Under), Cheryl Keith chose to compete with
him as well. Keith describes Go Shorty as an outstanding horse.
Keith won 3’3” Pre‐Green Champion on Go Shorty and stunned the audience in the BCHJA Canadian Hunter Derby
division by earning a score of 93, plus 20 bonus points for a total of 113. “This was the highest score we have seen
all year in the Canadian Hunter Derby series at Thunderbird,” says Jane Tidball, President Thunderbird Show Park.
“Go Shorty is a real favourite at Thunderbird. Congratulations!”


About Queen Margaret’s School
Established in 1921, Queen Margaret's School (QMS) is located on 27 country‐like acres in Duncan, BC. QMS offers
a co‐ed ECE Program and Junior School (Kindergarten‐Grade 6), all boys Grade 7/8 Program, University‐Preparatory
School for girls (Grades 7‐12) and all girls Boarding School (Grades 6‐12). Queen Margaret’s School is home to
Canada's only on‐campus Equestrian Riding Program and a small intensive ESL Program. The school's
comprehensive scholastic and extra‐curricular programs provide opportunities for achievement and personal
growth through academics, sports, visual and performing arts, riding and community service.

660 Brownsey Avenue
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada V9L 1C2
T (250) 746‐4185 | F (250) 746‐4187 | hpicard@qms.bc.ca
www.qms.bc.ca


For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Hayley Picard
Communications Coordinator
Queen Margaret’s School
250‐746‐4185 ext. 236 | hpicard@qms.bc.ca

NEWS RELEASE - RIMBEY AG-RIM PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 12, 2013 08:28

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

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

EQUINE CANADA, the Olympics and FEI's Hypersensitivity Protocol

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 8, 2012 15:15

CLARIFICATION ON THE STATEMENT FROM EQUINE CANADA REGARDING THE DISQUALIFICATION OF VICTOR, CANADIAN SHOW JUMPER FROM THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES August 8, 2012, London, England - Equine Canada has issued the following further statements regarding the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) hypersensitivity testing protocol. "Equine Canada agrees that the FEI's hypersensitivity protocol is in place to protect the welfare of the horse and the fairness of our sport," states Mr. Gallagher. "Victor sustained a superficial cut on the front of the left front coronary band," states Canadian Olympic Team Veterinarian for Jumping Dr. Sylvie Surprenant. "In our opinion the horse was fit to compete as he showed no signs of lameness. However the FEI hypersensitivity protocol is such that if the horse is sensitive to the touch, regardless of the cause, the horse is disqualified. While the FEI rules for the hypersensitivity protocol were followed, we believe that there should be a review of this protocol." "We feel that further discussion of the hypersensitivity protocol needs to take place in order to ensure a balance is reached between the philosophical intent and the real-world application. Canada looks forward to playing a role in those discussions along with other nations within the FEI family," states Mr. Gallagher "Equine Canada wants to make it clear that there is absolutely no accusation of any wrongdoing on the part of our athlete Tiffany Foster or any member of the Canadian Team. Equine Canada fully stands behind and supports our athlete Tiffany Foster, as well as our entire team. Everyone at Equine Canada and the Canadian Olympic Team are disheartened and extremely disappointed over the premature ending of Tiffany Foster's Olympic dream, and remain fiercely proud of both her incredible sportsmanship and athletic achievements," states Mr. Gallagher.

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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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New Import Measures for Horses Entering Canada from the United States

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 11, 2012 13:16


OTTAWA, May 4, 2012: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is implementing new import measures to protect Canadian livestock from an outbreak of vesicular stomatitis reported in New Mexico, United States.
Effective immediately, horses originating from the state of New Mexico will not be permitted to enter Canada. Canadian horses returning from New Mexico will be allowed entry into Canada if additional import requirements are met. In addition, all horses entering Canada from the United States must be accompanied by official US documents certifying that they have not been in New Mexico within the previous 21 days.
Details on these import measures can be found in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS).
Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that can affect horses, ruminants (such as cattle, sheep and members of the deer and llama families) and swine. It can also cause influenza-like symptoms in people who come into contact with infected animals. Protective clothing should be worn when handling suspect animals to help prevent exposure to the virus.
Canada is currently free of vesicular stomatitis. It was last diagnosed in Canada in 1949. An outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in Canada could result in a loss of markets for live animals, meat and animal genetics.
For more information on vesicular stomatitis call 1-800-442-2342, visit www.inspection.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter for the latest on animal health: www.twitter.com/CFIA_Animals

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Biosecurity Update: New EHV-1 case in Canada

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 23, 2012 14:18

   Veterinary Update

Animal Health and Welfare Branch/Office of the Chief Veterinarian for Ontario

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs


 

                                                    January 19, 2012

Confirmed Case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy in Southern Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been notified of a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1),  in Southern Ontario.  A blood sample from a horse with severe neurological signs tested positive for EHV-1 in early January. The horse was euthanized after its condition deteriorated.  On a second farm in the same area, another horse with similar signs was euthanized in late December.  No samples were collected from that horse.

 

In 2011, there was one laboratory-confirmed case and one suspect case of EHM in Ontario.

 

EHV-1 infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion, neonatal foal death, and/or neurological disease.  EHV-1 is not a federally Reportable Disease.  

 

Because infected horses may show no clinical signs, but still shed the virus, the temperature of suspect animals should be monitored twice daily for 14 -21 days and any abnormalities discussed with a veterinarian. Neurological signs include loss of muscle coordination, lethargy, inability to urinate, reduced tail tone and/or head tilt.  It is important that a veterinarian assess suspect cases of EHM, since it can be difficult to distinguish between this and other serious diseases, such as rabies, that can affect the nervous system in horses.

 

EHV-1 is easily spread by sharing contaminated equipment, contact with an animal carrying the virus, or by the clothing, hands or equipment of visitors to farms who recently had contact with an infected horse. 

 

All horse owners should be reminded to practice vaccination and appropriate biosecurity protocols and procedures (see links below) for horses and equipment coming on and off the farm, particularly if traveling to shows or events. 

 

Current EHV vaccines may reduce viral shedding but are not protective against the neurological form of the disease. Implementing routine biosecurity practices is the best way to minimize the spread of this disease.

 

Increased vigilance is needed in the equine industry at this time.  In cases of neurological disease, a veterinarian’s first obligation is to rule out rabies if the animal dies or is euthanized, by submitting a brain sample to CFIA. Appropriate personal protection, such as gloves and a face shield, should be used when collecting samples.

The resources listed below contain excellent information on basic biosecurity practices and infection control.

 

Equine Herpes Virus is an opportunity to remind your clients that the best method of disease control is disease prevention.




 

 

RESOURCES

 

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

 

http://blogs.usask.ca/EHRF/EHV%20fact%20sheet-1.MAR.20.pdf

 

 

OMAFRA

 

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/prev-disease-spread.htm

 

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/health.html

 

 

EQUINE GUELPH

 

http://www.equineguelph.ca/education/equiplanner_guidelines_strangles.php

 

http://www.equineguelph.ca/pdf/facts/vacc_guidelines_print_FINAL.pdf

 

 

AMERICAN PLANT AND HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE

 

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/equine/ehv/equine_herpesvirus_brochure_2009.pdf

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