Alberta Horse Industry

By Lindsay Ward

It is interesting to have a look at some Alberta Bred highlights and horses to watch as a new season of live racing opened on May 2, 2014 at Northlands Park. For Cash Alberta Breeders Fall Classic sm

The four year old gelding For Cash had a win in the Beaufort Stakes at Northlands followed by a victory in the Zia Park Derby last November. He has been running down south at Sunland Park and Turf Paradise over the rest of the winter. The multiple stakes winning runner by Stephen Got Even comes in to this season with over $200,000 in earnings. For Cash was bred and owned by Lyle & Phylis Farkash and trained by Dale Greenwood. 

Highfield Stock Farm has an exciting season to watch unfold with the return of the three stakes winners bred by their farm - Bet on Soup, Tell Me Lies and Kingoftherockies. Bet on Soup earned over $50,000 as a two year old with a win in the Sturgeon River Stakes. This Alphabet Soup filly is owned by Jim and Susan Hill and trained by Tim Rycroft. Tell Me Lies was sired by the Highfield stallion Captain Bodgit and comes into this season with over $200,000 in earnings and victories that include the Alberta Oaks, the Sonoman Handicap and Chariot Chaser Handicap. This now four year old filly is owned by Curtis and Darrell Landry. Kingoftherockies will be running as a five year old this season with over $114,000 in career earnings to date. The Cape Canaveral gelding won the Three and Four Year Old Sales Stakes last season for owners Rod Cundy, Robert & B MacDonald, K Miller and R & M Stable.  He is trained by Robert MacDonald. Canaveral Leader is a multiple stakes winner who comes into the new season off a win in her last start in the Duchess of York Handicap. The four year old filly by Highfield Stock Farm stallion Cape Canaveral has over $175,000 in career earnings to date. Her other victories include the Northlands Oaks and the Three and Four Year Old Fillies Sales Stakes. Canaveral Leader was bred by Jim and Norma McDonald and is owned by Central City Stable and Bar None Ranches Ltd.


Washington, D.C. - Last night, November 14, 2011, the Conference Committee on HR 2112 consolidated appropriations for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science and Transportation - Housing and Urban Development signed a conference report resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill that for the first time since 2005 does not contain annual riders that prohibit USDA from providing necessary inspection for horse processing facilities.
The International Equine Business Association (IEBA) is a new association that is an outcome of the alliances that United Horsemen has formed with hundreds of entities like the National Tribal Horse Coalition, Charros Federation USA, horse councils, production agriculture, pet animal and animal entertainment groups, as well as international partners like the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada.  The Association is eager to work with equine businesses, organizations, state, tribal, and federal agencies to maximize this opportunity.  


Equine Canada Releases Special Report: The Economics of Horse Racing in Canada

The Ontario horse racing industry is contributing $4.5 billion or 77 per centof the total annual economic contributions from racing in Canada, according to a new study released today by Equine Canada and Strategic Equine. The Economics of Horse Racing in Canada, an in‐depth report on the horse racing industry on a province‐by‐province basis, identifies the significant economic contributions realized through horse racing in Canada – the industry generates more than 47,000 full-time equivalent jobs and $5.7 billion annually to the national economy.

The racing sector represents a small percentage of the total number of horses in Canada, but a significantly higher percentage of the overall economic contribution that comes from horses in Canada. With 45,000 horses active in the racing sector (five per cent of the total Canadian herd), the horse racing sector provides 26 per cent of the total economic contribution, and a $5.7 billion annual economic impact. Racing in Ontario represents the largest provincial sector for the national racing industry, with more than 68 per cent of the total racing opportunities and 86 per cent of the total purses earned in 2010.


Students at the University of Calgary faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) now have the use of three full-size horse simulators. According to a statement from UCVM, they are the only models of their kind in the world.aUCVM_equine_simulator

With added funding from Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC), the models now not only help students learn techniques such as rectal palpation and abdominal (belly) taps, but also a wide range of other procedures. Students practice on the simulators before moving on to live horses.


$50,000 was the highest price paid for a yearling at the 2013 CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale. The sale topping chestnut wasHip 44 High Seller North Light Golden Made bred and consigned by Highfield Stock Farms Ltd. of Okotoks, Alberta and sold to Curtis & Darrell Landry of Sturgeon County, Alberta and Red Diamond Stable of Strathmore, Alberta. The high selling gelding by North Light out of Golden Made is a half brother to Highfield bred Alberta stakes winner TELL ME LIES ($207,881) who won the $50,000 Alberta Oaks at the Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic the day prior to the sale.



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