Our Mission

Alberta Horse Industry MissionTo provide a unified voice for the Alberta horse industry and strengthen it through advocacy, education and research.

Our Vision

Alberta Horse IndustryA growing, profitable, united Alberta horse industry, recognized nationally and internationally.

Alberta Farm Animal Care

Alberta Horse IndustryHave a concern about an issue of equine welfare?
Call:  AFAC

at 1-800-506-2273


Alberta Horses

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36th Annual Alberta Horse Conference Postponed

Horse Industry Association of Alberta regrets to inform everyone that we have postponed the 2018 Alberta Horse Conference until 2019. We will be looking to incorporate alternative and new educational opportunities over the next year.

Canadian Horse Racing Celebrates 250 Years

Our entire nation will be celebrating 150 years of confederation in 2017, but for Canada's horse racing industry, this year represents an even bigger anniversary, the 250th Anniversary of our great sport in this great land.
On July 1, 1767, exactly 100 years before our country's confederation, a race took place on The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Gazette de Quebec recounted the race as follows:
"The horse race for a purse of forty dollars was held on Wednesday, first of the month, on the Hill of Abraham. It was easily won by Captain Prescott's mare Modesty, much to the discomfiture of those who, purporting to know about such things, had wagered against her and were thereby parted from their money."
From that day forward horse racing has been part of the fabric of our country. From coast to coast, for generation after generation, people from all walks of life have participated in and enjoyed the sport, whether on grass-root tracks, at agricultural fairs, on frozen rivers dotting the countryside, or in today's modern facilities.
Wagers have been made, crowds have cheered, champions have been crowned.
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is partnering with the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, and Standardbred Canada to create a series of celebrations of this spectacular milestone throughout 2017.
Today we announce the launch of the '250 miles for 250 years' initiative and 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada funding campaign.
Racetracks, training centres, agricultural societies, communities, farms and fans are invited to take part in honouring Canada's racing history by hosting a commemorative mile.
Miles in honour of the 250th Anniversary could include:
  • Hold a 250th Anniversary race day highlighting your track and community's racing history and feature a race and special cooler presentation in honour of the 250th Anniversary.
  • Post parades or exhibition races using antique race bikes and buggies harkening back to days gone by.
  • Participate in a community parade with a float or entry that represents local horse racing history. The miles of the parade can count as commemorative miles.
  • Hold an open house at your training centre or farm, invite the public to visit and experience what horse racing is all about, display memorabilia and trophies representing your
    accomplishments and history, offer rides around the training track, hold stick horse races for the kids.
  • Contact your local agricultural society about participating in this year's fair or festival and help them showcase the role horse racing has played in your community.
To help you with your event, you will be provided a 250th Anniversary kit containing 250th Anniversary logos, advertising and press release templates, and much more.
We invite you to take a look at how you can become a 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing Celebration supporter as a sponsor or by making a tax deductible donation. Follow this link for complete details.
Watch for upcoming announcements for details of local launch events at racetracks across Canada.        

For additional Information contact:

Stacie Roberts - 416-230-5190
Linda Rainey - 416-417-9404

35th Anniversary Alberta Horse Conference

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 The 35rd Annual Alberta Horse Conference took place January 13-15, 2017 in a new venue and location at the Strathcona County Community Centre in Sherwood Park, and the changes were exciting! Over 400 horse lovers gathered for a great weekend of Equine Education and Enjoyment! Presented by the non-profit organization Horse Industry Association of Alberta, the conference was attended by equine enthusiasts who were able to enjoy a wide variety of educational topics and speakers. New this year was the very popular live demonstration by Jim Anderson at Ash-Bren Equine Stable. 

The Friday evening reception kicked off the popular conference. Participants and public were treated to a video welcome by Sherwood Park Mayor Ms. Roxanne Barr, greetings from Horse Racing Alberta, and a picture/music montage by the sponsor, the Alberta Trail Riding Association. The conference is an opportunity for people from all horse breeds and disciplines to meet new friends, network, and get up to date on everything equine.  The variety of sponsor booths, speaker topics, and the diversity in the people attending the conference gave everyone a chance to exchange ideas, satisfy their curiosity or learn new ideas about old topics.

The conference presentations ranged from the development of new and cutting edge veterinary advancements and products, to the age old question about when to deworm your horse.  Horse welfare was a popular subject, and there were some lively discussions about marketing, farriery, horses used for therapy, and when to make the painful decision to euthanize. 

The 40 sponsor booths included Breed and Riding Associations, Equine Health and Veterinary Medicine, Post-Secondary Education and Training, Feed, Tack and Supplies, Publications and Equine Facilities. There really was something for everyone!  

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. Be sure to visit the Horse Industry Association of Alberta or Alberta Horse Conference Facebook page  and Twitter .

Humane Handling Guidelines for Horses


Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC), and their partners the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF), have produced an updated version of the Humane Handling Guidelines for Horses. This in depth booklet is available by contacting either AFAC, AEF, or by coming to our HIAA office at the Airdrie Agriculture Building.

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Upcoming Events

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June 7-11, 2017





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