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34th Annual Alberta Horse Conference Summary

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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".

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34th Annual Alberta Horse Conference

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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!

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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