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33rd Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference


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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. 


Dr. Wayne Burwash named the 2015 Alberta Horse Industry Distinguished Service Award Winner


Airdrie, Alta. – On January 10, 2015, at the 33rd annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference, the Horse Industry Association ofDistinguished Service Award Alberta (HIAA) proudly presented the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Wayne Burwash in recognition of his lasting influence and contributions to the equine industry in the province.

Dr. Burwash grew up on a mixed dairy farm in Balzac, Alberta. He graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) from their first graduating class in 1969 and, after an internship, joined The Animal Clinic in 1970. Early in his career, he was the first to do Commercial Embryo Transfer in Canada with Bob Church from the University of Calgary. In 1977, the clinic split up from being a mixed practice and Dr. Burwash decided to open his own clinic specializing in equine: Burwash Equine Services.


33rd Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference


The 33rd Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference takes place January 9-11 2015 in Red Deer, Alberta, at the Sheraton Hotel.HBOC Three Horses logo Presented by the non-profit organization Horse Industry Association of Alberta, the conference is a must-attend event for horse breeders, owners and riders with topics of interest for every horse enthusiast.

The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference welcomes delegates at 7pm on January 9th with an "Open Barn" reception in the Exhibit Hall. Due to popular demand, the “Open Barn” reception is once again open to the public free of charge to attend, socialize, network and shop around the equine trade show of over 50 sponsor booths. Quarter Horse News editor, Stacy Pigott, will kick off Saturday morning’s session at 8:40 am. Saturday evening provides a chance to network and socialize with wine, dessert, and entertainment. The conference continues until Sunday afternoon, and closes with the Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture delivered this year by Dr. David Fraser.

Internationally recognized speakers are coming from all over Canada and the United States:

Dr. Brenda Abbey (Alberta) - Healing with Horses: The Impact of Horses on the Human Brain
Martin Black (Idaho) - Reading the Horse: An Operator’s Manual
Claudia Cojocar (British Columbia) - Being Better Caretakers of Competitive Horses
Dr. Bob Coleman (Kentucky) – The Young Horse: Growing Up Is Hard Work and Is My Horse Fat? There’s an App for That
Dr. David Fraser (British Columbia) – Understanding Animal Welfare
Dr. Rebecca Gimenez (Georgia) – Emergency Preparedness on the Road and on the Trail
Dr. Sheryl King (Illinois) - How Stable Management Practices Impact Horse Behaviour Patterns
Dr. Stephen Peters (Utah) - Your Horse’s Brain: An Owner’s Manual
Stacy Pigott (Texas) - Training Practices for a Positive Image
Dr. Tony Willing (Ontario) - Fair Market Value: Equine Appraisals
Panel Discussion – Strategies to Grow the Horse Industry

Tickets for the Horse Breeders and Owners Conference are $125, $110 for additional registrants when pre-registering.  Registration is online here. Registrations will also be accepted at the door for $125 a person.

The Domestication of the Horse (part 2)


By Carolyn Willekes, PhDneohittie

The domestication of the horse had a massive impact on the development of human civilizations.  Although the horse continued to be used as a food source, he also came to fulfill a number of other essential roles in day-to-day life.  With domestication came the discovery that we could also ride and drive these animals.  For the first time in human history rapid, long-distance travel became possible.  The speed and stamina of the horse allowed people to venture beyond the familiarity of their villages and valleys into the wider world, resulting in the emergence of new cities, civilizations, religions and trade routes.  At the other end of the spectrum, however, was war.  So, on the one had, the horse helped civilizations to flourish, while on the other hand he became our most important tool of war.


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