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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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Do I Need A Premises Identification Account and Number?


Alberta horse owners and operators of stables are being reminded of the requirement to register for Premises Identification (PID) and the importance of obtaining a PID Number.  Registering is free, simple and helps protect your horse(s) in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster or disease outbreak. 

Premises Identification (PID), one of the pillars of traceability, links livestock (including horses) and poultry to land locations or premises. Alberta’s PID Program was established to plan for, control, and prevent the spread of agricultural diseases. It is also used as an early warning system to notify animal owners of a natural disaster such as a flood or fire that could affect their animals or operations. Regulations requiring premises identification became law January 1, 2009 as part of the Animal Health Act.

Who Must Apply for PID Account?

Horse Owners

If at any time during the year, your horse(s) is under your care and control at your farm or acreage, you must apply for a PID Account and obtain a PID Number for the land location where the horse(s) is located.
If your horse(s) is only ever kept a commingling site (e.g. stable), you are not required to register for a PID Account.  However, you will need to obtain the PID Number from the operator of the site.

Stable Operators

As an operator of a commingling site, you must apply for a PID Account and obtain a PID Number for each land location you operate a stable on.  You must also provide the PID Number of the stable location to the horse owners who board there animal there.



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.

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