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35th Anniversary Alberta Horse Conference

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The 35th Anniversary Alberta Horse Conference is on the move ... and the changes are exciting!
 
The 2017 Alberta Horse Conference will feature several fresh new changes. The conference is moving to Strathcona County, in the new Sherwood Park Conference and Community Centre on January 13, 14 and 15th, 2017. This exciting new venue will allow the conference to maintain the high level of quality education from our presenters that we've become use to and offer several new options. One new feature is that the trade show venue will be right in one of the main presentation rooms: The Agora. This room features state of the art technology along with the space that we can all be together with our trade show exhibitor sponsors.

Conference attendees have asked for years that we incorporate live horses.... we have listened! There will be live horse sessions on our Saturday afternoon at a nearby amazing equine facility, Ash-Bren Equine (we'll even transport you there on modern comfortable buses). At the same time we will be reaching out to the public to come through the trade show centre on the Saturday afternoon. They will  be presented with a program of outreach, featuring mini presentations geared to attracting people to consider getting involved with the horse industry. There will be a Vet Room available for the whole conference where you can come and talk to a veterinarian, see wrapping demonstrations and ask those questions you've always wanted to ask your vet but just didn't have the time to sit and talk.
 
The one thing that will not change is the integrity of of the educational value of our presenters. As we book speakers we will be sending out Facebook & Twitter messages and giving you details about their presentation topics. If you are not on Facebook yet, now is your time to get onto the Alberta Horse Conference Facebook page.
 
For the past 34 years the Annual Alberta Horse conference has been dedicated to delivering current, quality, unbiased equine information to all horse enthusiasts in western Canada. Regardless of breed, discipline, industry involvement or interest in horses: the 35th Anniversary Horse Conference promises to deliver. For the full history of the horse conference click here.
Plan to be in Strathcona County in 2017 & stand by for more details and information about hotels and services in lovely Sherwood Park, Alberta. The 2017 Sponsor Package is available now, click here.

New horse racing agreement reached

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HRA AGreement 2016

Courtesy of Horse Racing Alberta's website: A renewed 10-year funding agreement with Horse Racing Alberta will help ensure the viability of Alberta 's horse racing industry and reflects government's focus on responsibly managing provincial finances during the economic downturn.

The Government of Alberta and Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) have signed a new 10-year agreement, which will support rural communities and the agriculture sector. The agreement replaces a previous 10-year funding arrangement expiring at the end of March, which supported the industry using a portion of slot machine revenues from Racing Entertainment Centres (RECs) located in a number of locations around the province. This new agreement is expected to directly support 1,600 Alberta jobs and result in significant additional indirect economic benefits for rural communities and businesses.

For further information go to http://thehorses.com.

Bill 6 and the Horse Industry in Alberta

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Please click here for a collaborative position from the Western Stock Growers’ Association with regards to the contraversial Bill 6, which the Horse Industry Association of Alberta has signed without prejudice.

For media coverage about Bill 6 click here to visit the Western Producer.

For further information about the bill click here to get Alberta Government Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

To get involved, take the online survey about Bill 6, until January 3rd, 2016, by clicking here.

A Brief History of Saddles

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By Carolyn Willekes, Ph.D.Roman

When was the last time you took a good look at your saddle? They are a piece of equipment that most of us take for granted. Saddles are also a bit of a mystery to most riders: we know what they are for and how they are generally supposed to work, but the nuances of saddle construction and fit remain a grey area for many of us. Modern saddles have also become very discipline specific: whether you ride English or western you are most likely going to purchase a saddle for a specific competitive event or job, be it jumping, dressage, reining, barrels, roping cattle, racing etc.

Riders have not always had the option of reaching for this very specialized piece of tack. The earliest riders rode bareback or with a plain saddlecloth. The first attempt at creating a ‘structured’ seat was made by the nomadic Scythians of Central Asia in the 5th-4th centuries BCE.

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