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2019 Canadian Horse Wellness Expo


Canadian Horse Wellness Expo 20191

Brought to you by Farmfair International and the Horse Industry Association of Alberta

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Second Schedule of Speakers 2019 AND HEADING



November 9th & 10th, 2019. First Session - 11:00 am

The Canadian Horse Wellness Expo is being held during Farmfair International, and features a number of speakers on a wide range of topics of interest to horse owners, breeders and professionals. Click on CHWE logo or the schedule to find out more!

A Great Saddle Fit Makes for Effective and Comfortable Horses- Commonweatlh Saddles and Rose Schwinghamer

Comfortable horses last longer, and we all want of our partners to have long & happy careers. In this seminar we will examine the basics of saddle fitting and what we can do to ensure our equine partners are comfortable and effective while in the ring. We will also examine key points that you can use to check your own saddles at home, and employ while searching for new saddles. Join us to gain a wealth of knowledge around saddle fit for you and your horse - we guarantee you'll feel comfortable and confident in your saddle decisions going forward!

Biography: Rose Schwinghamer, owner of CommonWealth Saddles (a nationally run saddle company) and BreedChamp.com (an international equine breeding platform), holds a Masters of Veterinary Sciences from the University of Calgary. Upon graduation, Rose worked for the University of Calgary in the Veterinary Anatomy Department allowing her to further explore and develop her passion for equine physiology. During this time, she also became a certified Equestrian Canada NCCP Instructor.Rose has been involved with saddle fit for more than decade, and was most recently recognized for successfully launching Devoucoux Saddles within Canada in 2017. Following this accomplishment, Rose proudly launched CommonWealth Saddles in 2019 to which she established partnerships both with Amerigo Custom Saddles and Meyer Custom Saddles acting as a brand developer and providing fittings and custom orders to clients across Canada. “I wanted to build an honest, transparent, Canadian company that exists for the common well-being of both horse and rider, ultimately allowing both to benefit from long & happy careers,” states Rose.

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"Why Did My Horse Do That?" - Muffy Knox

Biography: Muffy Knox is an equine educator with a lifelong involvement with horses. Her resume includes coaching 4-H members and instructors, teaching at Olds College, presenter for HIAA's Horses 101 and 201 and weekly Calgary Stampede School presentations. She has been involved with the Alberta Paint Horse Club since its inception. She is still training a few horse and coaching anyone who wants to learn (from the recreation level to those aspiring to the show pen). Muffy was named Western Horse Review's "Horse Person of the Year".

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Maximizing Your Horse's Full Potential Through Whole Body Massage - Vitality Equine and Brigette Meyer

For Vitality Equine, whole body massage is an integral part to the well-being of a horse. Vitality Equine brings an anatomic based therapy to ensure performance enhancement, injury prevention and an overall improvement in disposition. Horse-owners will find that a tension and stress-free horse, that is provided regular massage, is a much more willing and eager to please partner.

Horses are intuitively athletes, but they are also our treasured companions. Horses give us so much yet ask for so little. Even when ridden properly, with the best training and conditioning methods, horses will exhibit body sensitivity and muscle inhibition. It is in their nature, and even in our own human nature, to limit how we use certain muscles when we feel sore. This limitation causes biomechanically flawed habits - like not lifting their backs properly, gait abnormalities and possible injuries. We, as humans, generally know when to stop and rest, the difference in our equine partners is that they will continue to work through pain.

Equine Canada performed a study in 2010 that show most horses owners - whether recreational or competitive - have, ride and own their horses because they LOVE them. It is our belief at Vitality Equine, that you have come to this page because you are looking to enrich your horses day-to-day life, and equine massage and bodywork will do just that. Massage is not only a fantastic way to give back to your equine partner, but a dynamic tool in your horse’s overall program to provide a skillful assessment on how their muscles are functioning. Competition, recreation, love, and care, all comes together through Equine Massage with Vitality Equine.

Biography: Bridgette is a certified and insured equine massage therapist. Her educational background includes a biology degree which shapes her philosophy of looking at the body of the horse as a whole.

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Find Your Calling with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association - CanTRA
The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is a registered charity that promotes challenge, achievement and empowerment for children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse. CanTRA also provides education and instructor certification.

There are now 80 plus member centres across Canada providing high quality therapeutic, recreation, life skills and sport programs. CanTRA is a member of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) and is recognized as the only governing body for therapeutic riding.


Clean Up and Restoration of All Things on the Farm - WideOpenSpaces and Michelle Wright

If you live on a farm, you've got lots of "stuff " and animals that you do not know what to do with. This presentation is more than just how to purge, it's about our relationship with our animals and stuff, ours and inter generational stuff (which many on farms deal with). It's also light hearted, because our things might be wearing us down, so it's good to have a laugh or two about it! Michelle has been helping folks deal with their collections for several years, hopefully some of their stories will help you on your journey to clear out, clean up and calm down

Biography: Michelle Wright has been ranching for 20 years, and on farms for more than 30. She is a heirloom rescuer, a trained life coach, a farm cleaner-upper, and a horse person!

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Common Internal Problems for Horses: Stomach Ulcers - Dr. Jessica Romanow

One of the most common internal issues that horsemen deal with every day are stomach ulcers. The reasons why they have become so common, symptoms associated with ulcers, and the best way to control the problem, will be discussed.

Biography: Dr Jessica Romanow was raised in central Alberta and had been highly involved with horses her whole life. She pursued biological sciences at the University of Alberta and then completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, focusing on equine medicine. Upon graduation, she completed an internship and several years of practice specializing in equine sports medicine.
Jessica currently works out of the Alberta Veterinary Centre, Red Deer, Alberta. and travels extensively throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan providing ambulatory services. Jessica's primary clinical is focus on sports medicine and rehabilitation for the equine athlete.

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The Helmet of the Future! - Back on Track

Back on Track is a Swedish company that creates Far Infrared textiles for horses, people and their dogs to help with chronic pain and daily performance. Back on Track is passionate about helping those in pain, and bringing to market unique and effective products for better health, wellness and head safety. Back on Track launched the first equestrian riding helmet with MIPS (Multi Directional Impact Protection System) in 2018, and have been passionate about educating riders about head injuries.

Extreme Cowboy Racing - The Ins and Outs of Horse Preparation

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Christina Hambrook
Owner operator of Brayco stables just north of Cochrane Alberta, Christina prides herself on teaching horsemanship to every age or level rider. She has been teaching riding lessons for 25 years and training horses since the age of 12. She was involved in 4-H growing up and is now currently the equine coach and leader of the Springbank Rawhides 4-H club. She was stampede show rider for two years and then a Stampede Ranch girl for 8 years. She has been competing in Extreme Cowboy racing for 6 years at the pro level and loves the sport!

Nicole Hirsekorn
Nicole runs a training, breeding and lesson program at her barn west of Leduc. She has been riding since she was 8 when her parents bought two Tennessee Walking Horses. Three years later she began showing and ever since has been actively involved in promoting the Tennessee Walking Horse throughout Alberta. She has numerous wins including several year end high point awards, two TWHBEA Youth Superior Versatility Titles, and one TWHBEA Adult Supreme Versatility Title. In 2014, she was looking for a new challenge and started competing in Extreme Cowboy Racing. Her passion is teaching. She loves introducing riders to the smooth gaited Tennessee Walking Horse and the fun and exciting sport of Extreme Cowboy Racing. She offers lessons to riders of all levels. In addition to her regular lessons she also offers weekly obstacle classes and the occasional playday where riders can work on obstacles on their own. Nicole has coached several young riders who have been very successful in Extreme Cowboy Racing. In 2018, two of her students competed at the EXCA World Championships and both placed top 10 in their age category.The Extreme Cowboy race is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles demonstrating both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed. Extreme Cowboy Alberta is committed to offering and providing a fun, safe, equine sport for the whole family. Our western spirit will encourage, respect, and support all rider levels. Through this, ECA is partnered with The Extreme Cowboy Association. Extreme Cowboy Racing provides all ages of riders and horse breeds the oportunity to compete in a timed obstacle event.

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Click here to find out all the exciting Equine Events being held at this year's Farmfair International!

Equine Health Education


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Equine Health Education for Horse Owners

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Sponsored by Horse Industry Association of Alberta and the University of Calgary - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Our First New Educational Platform for 2018!

Saturday April 7, 2018
University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine Building, Libin Theatre,
3320 Hospital Dr. NW, Calgary, AB

Registration for Event opens at 9:00 am

Ticket Price:Adults $60.00 Students $50.00
Youths 15 & under accompanied by an Adult are Free
(Paypal, Credit Card, Cheque or Cash accepted)

Ticket includes: unlimited coffee, tea and water throughout the day and
access to our Special Sponsor Booth Area

Fresh and Delicious Lunch will be available to purchase (for $6.00) offering Gluten-free options.
Parking available in Lot #6 on level 1, 2 or 3 for
a cost of $14.25 for the day (right across the road from UCVM).

Walk-in registration opens at 9:00 am, April 7, 2018 with the event starting at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

To Register Online Click here

Join us to learn about the newest and most pertinent information so YOU can take ownership of your own horse’s health. The following are the subjects we will address:

BREATHING AND PERFORMANCE - “Let’s Look Inside Your Horse”
Dr. Renaud Leguillette will delve into airways; dust ramifications; equine asthma; how to determine what is happening when your horse STOPS; how to identify throat problems; and some up to date solutions for helping get your horse back to peak performance.

EQUINE NUTRITION - "The Basics of Equine Nutrition"
Dr. Ashley Whitehead will identify basic nutritional requirements, matching the performance expectations of the horse, with the appropriate feeding programs.

EQUINE ACUPUNCTURE - “Equine Acupuncture – A Complementary Therapy”
Dr. Jean-Yin Tan will explain why acupuncture is a viable complement to the mainstream medicines that are available to the horsemen today.

Dr. Ashley Whitehead will outline one of the most common internal issues that horsemen deal with every day - stomach ulcers. Dr. Whitehead will discuss why they have become so common, symptoms associated with ulcers, and research to help fix the problem.

THE HORSE ATHLETE - “The Mechanics Behind the Performance”.
Dr. Renaud Leguillette will look at basic equine anatomy and how it influences the horse’s performance.

The following specialists being featured are:

Dr. Renaud Leguillette - an Associate Professor and Interim Department Head of the department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. Dr Leguillette specializes in inflammartory lung diseases, like heaves, and IAD (Inflammmatory Airway Disease), as well as a focus on cardio-respiratory physiology. The topic will include issues concerning equine breathing and up-to-date research.

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Dr. Ashley Whitehead - Dr. Ashley Whitehead completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. Dr. Whitehead obtained the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM) in 2012. Dr. Whitehead practices within UCVM’s Distributed Veterinary Learning Community at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre. She is clinically involved in equine infectious diseases, gastrointestinal conditions, neonatal foal intensive care and acupuncture.

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Dr. Jean-Yin Tan
- Dr. Jean-Yin Tan is board-certified in internal medicine. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Dr. Tan completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 2005. Dr. Tan completed her large animal internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota in 2008. Dr. opened a highly successful ambulatory and referral equine veterinary clinic outside of Syracuse, New York in 2011. She joined University of Calgary as an instructor in Equine Clinical Sciences in 2015 and is trained in equine acupuncture and certified in equine rescue.

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Be sure to visit Horse Industry Association of Alberta for updates!

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

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