01 February 2016
A total of 400 horse enthusiasts left their farms and convened at the 34th annual Alberta Horse Conference in Red Deer for a weekend filled 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".