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

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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


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.

34th Annual Alberta Horse Conference Summary


A total of 400 horse enthusiasts left their farms and convened at the 34th annual Alberta Horse Conference in Red Deer for a weekend Billy Smith 2016filled with fun and education. Delegates came from all over BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Montana. The exhibit hall hosted over 40 booths sponsored by equine businesses and organizations. 

Friday night’s “Open Barn” Welcome Reception, hosted by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta, treated delegates and public alike to snacks and drinks while giving them their first look at the trade show. Early bird draw prizes were distributed to the lucky winners and delegates entered for numerous door prizes.

Saturday’s technical sessions began with APHA Executive Director Billy Smith, who spoke about “Promises to Keep – How We Can Reclaim our Horse Heritage in Jeopardy of Irrelevance" sponsored by the Alberta Equestrian Federation. After the Western Horse Review sponsored coffee break, delegates had the choice of attending sessions presented by Dirk Stroda "Mental Coaching in the World of Equestrian Sport", sponsored by Canadian Horse Journals, and Dr. Joseph Bertone's completely interactive session "Common Conditions in Horses".


34th Annual Alberta Horse Conference

The 34th Annual Alberta Horse Conference (Formerly named the Horse Breeders and Owners Conference) takes place January 15th-17th, 2016 in Red Deer, Alberta, HBOC Three Horses logo w purple thirdat the Sheraton Hotel. Presented by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta, a not-for-profit organization, the conference is a must-attend event for horse breeders, owners and riders/drivers with topics of interest for every horse enthusiast and professional alike.

The Annual Alberta Horse Conference welcomes delegates at 7pm on January 15th 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. Billy Smith, executive director of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), will kick off Saturday morning’s session at 8:40 am. The days lectures wrap up with the News Hour, which is open to the public, and features news tidbits relevant to the horse community in Alberta. Saturday evening provides a chance to network and socialize with wine, dessert, entertainment and prizes. The conference continues until Sunday afternoon, and closes with the Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture delivered this year by Dr. Sid Gustafson.

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

Tickets for the Horse Conference are $125, $110 for additional registrants when pre-registering. Online pre-registration is available until January 12th, 2016. Registrations will also be accepted at the door for $125 a person.

Join us for north America's premiere equine conference!

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