16 January 2015
A total of 486 horse enthusiasts left their farms and convened at the 33rd annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference in Red Deer for a weekend filled with fun and education. Delegates came from all over BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Yukon, and even one from California. The exhibit hall hosted over 50 booths sponsored by equine businesses and organizations.
Friday night’s “Open Barn” Welcome Reception was hosted by Horse Industry Association of Alberta. Delegates and the public were welcome to get their first look at the trade show and were treated to popcorn and beer. Early bird draw prizes were distributed to the lucky winners and delegates entered additional bucket draw prizes.
Saturday’s sessions began with Stacy Pigott, who spoke about training practices in the public eye, sponsored by Alberta Equestrian Federation. After the coffee break, which was sponsored by Western Horse Review, delegates had the choice of attending a session on the young horse given by Dr. Bob Coleman or Dr. Rebecca Gimenez educating about emergency preparedness. Thank you to break-out session sponsor Canadian Horse Journal, who sponsored Dr. Gimenez’s session.