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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

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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Equine Education

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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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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Equine Education

Equine Guelph Combats Colic with Your Help!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 4, 2012 09:17



 
 
Guelph, ON. - Colic is the number one killer of horses (other than old age!) and Equine Guelph is launching a comprehensive colic survey across Canada to better understand colic management practices in the industry and how people are dealing with colic. "Understanding the horse owners' experiences with colic will assist in developing targeted educational programs," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. 
 
Results from the survey will help develop Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program that includes a Colic Risk Rater and a Colic Prevention eWorkshop (a two-week online short course) with the aim of reducing horse owners' risk of colic. Dr. Judith Koenig, associate professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, states, "Colic is a major health issue facing horse owners both emotionally and financially. If horse owners are able to reduce their risk of colic through management, it will improve both the overall health and welfare of the horse." 
 
This is the first survey of its kind in Canada. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and is available online through www.EquineGuelph.ca. The survey will be open from July 25th September 25th, 2012.
Participants of the survey will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of two registrations to Equine Guelph's upcoming Colic Prevention eWorkshop!
 
In addition to funding from Standardbred Canada, investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council. 
 
For more information about Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/education/colic.
 
                                                                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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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UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH – EQUINE GUELPH CELEBRATE NEW WAR HORSE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTING TO CONTINUED EDUCATION & WELFARE OF THE HORSE

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 12, 2012 13:40

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH – EQUINE GUELPH

CELEBRATE NEW WAR HORSE PARTNERSHIP

CONTRIBUTING TO CONTINUED EDUCATION & WELFARE OF THE HORSE

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Over 160 horse enthusiasts assembled for the highly acclaimed production of War Horse and a special Equine Guelph Gala evening at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto on March 8th 2012.  Gala attendees were delighted to hang up the ‘wellies’ and gather for an enchanting evening thrown in support of Equine Guelph’s new horse welfare education programs. 

 

Partnership is the best descriptor for the special fund raising evening that benefitted the Equine Guelph-Ontario Equestrian Foundation ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund.    "The War Horse Toronto production brings back into the spotlight the welfare issues that faced millions of horses in the First World War," says David Mirvish, producer, Mirvish Productions and Chancellor of the University of Guelph.  "Recognizing the ongoing need for equine welfare awareness and education, we are pleased to partner with Equine Guelph and the Ontario Equestrian Federation to create the 'Equine Guelph-OEF War Horse Welfare Education Fund' in honour of these brave horses and to develop courses that teach horse care and welfare to future champions of the horse.  Through education, we hope to help Equine Guelph in their admirable quest of 'helping horses for life.’” The incredible turn out of horse industry supporters at Equine Guelph’s pre-show meet-and-greet was a testament to the shared sentiment.

 

The wine was divine and the appetizers appealing, but it was the puppets that brought the passion with a spellbinding show.  The crowd of horse lovers did not need any convincing of how near and dear the bond between horse and human can be.  Not a dry eye could be found as the audience rode along on the journey of “Joey”, the beloved War Horse.  To top it off, after the production, gala attendees were treated to an exclusive introduction to the life-like puppets and their marvelous, detailed craftsmanship.  Breyer (through Kroeger Distributing in Canada) donated 24 Traditional limited edition 'Joey' model/War Horse book box sets, signed by David Mirvish, as a fundraiser for Equine Guelph’s gala evening.   Many attendees arrived early for the opportunity to trot off with one of these very special mementos.

 

For future performances, War Horse Toronto will generously donate $10 to the Equine Guelph-OEF ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund for each War Horse ticket purchased by OEF members for performances between February 10 – May 6, 2012. And, as a special thank you, at the performance, OEF members will receive a complimentary CD of the music of War Horse (one per order). Call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 to order tickets and provide this special benefit code – WHFUND.  Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation comments, "I thought that the puppets were magical and found the original stage production to be absolutely mesmerizing. I am certain that "War Horse" will have a very successful engagement!"  She adds, "The Ontario Equestrian Federation in partnership with Equine Guelph is proud to be part of a collaboration which which will ultimately benefit the welfare of all horses."   Equine media in attendance were awe-struck and nearly speechless with initial reactions:  “Wow, terrific!”, “Not what I expected”, and “How Lifelike.” 

 

Funds raised are helping Equine Guelph develop new courses, teaching the highest degree of skills in horse care and welfare.  This will help ensure horses receive the best possible care and will contribute to the reduction of welfare issues.  “In an industry where well-intentioned old wives tales are often passed down rather than scientific knowledge, the horse is often the victim of mistreatment, says Equine Guelph Director, Gayle Ecker.  Education in horse welfare will result in benefits including:  well-informed caregivers, healthier horses, lower vet bills and fewer unwanted horses.”

Ecker continues, “Tonight, Equine Guelph is pleased to announce that we are able to offer the first Equine Welfare Certificate online program in Canada. The support of the industry has enabled us to open this opportunity for students starting in May of this year, with the first offering of the new Equine Welfare course in September of this year.  We will be developing further courses that will become available online throughout the year.”

 

Support Equine Welfare through Education and experience War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre.  Visit www.EquineGuelph.ca for more information and to learn about another special evening Equine Guelph will be hosting at War Horse Toronto on May 10, 2012.  

 

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