Alberta Horse Industry

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

OTTAWA, October 31, 2011: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing new measures to verify that horses are being humanely transported in accordance with the Health of Animals Regulations.

Effective January 1, 2012, all shipments of feeder and slaughter horses entering Canada from the United States by ground transportation will be required to proceed through designated ports of entry. Shipments will only be accepted during the CFIA's regular hours of operation.

The designated ports of entry have appropriate unloading facilities for horses and are staffed by CFIA veterinarians.

As of January 1, 2012, shipments of feeder and slaughter horses will not be able to enter Canada at other border ports of entry.

The new requirements apply only to feeder and slaughter horses. Imports of other types of horses (for example, riding or breeding horses) and other types of livestock are not affected by this change.


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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. 


It may have been Friday the 13th, but superstition did not deter horse enthusiasts from all over the country to attend the 30th Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference in Red Deer. A total of over 520 people were onsite from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan and the exhibit hall hosted over 60aBucket_draw_winner booths sponsored by equine businesses and organizations. 

The weekend kicked off with the Stable Owners Seminar on Friday afternoon. The four sessions were specifically designed for the stable industry. Topics on biosecurity, bits, positive networking and social media were presented by Dr. Darrell Dalton, Ron Anderson, Nettie Barr and Andrew Campbell, respectively.

On Friday night, the “Open Barn” Welcome Reception was hosted by Pfizer Animal Health’s Equine Division. Delegates had their first opportunity to see the sponsor booths set up in the exhibition hall, shop, mingle, and enjoy drinks and cheese. Early bird draw prizes were distributed to the lucky winners and delegates entered into 15 additional bucket draw prizes, generously donated by sponsors.


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Spring is approaching – are you and your horses ready?  There are quite a few tasks you can be doing now so you are ready to get out and enjoy your horses once winter has left us.  Our outdoor equestrian activity season can be short so you want to be prepared to get out and take full advantage of the good weather and footing when we get it!

Inspect your tack – now is the time to go over all your horse related tack including saddles, harness, bridles, halters, blankets etc.  Insure everything is clean and repairs are completed where required – pay particular attention to straps and buckles making sure there are no tears or signs of excessive wear. Do some “spring cleaning” and organizing in your tack area so that you know where everything is and can find exactly what you want when you want it.  Make sure all your grooming supplies and clean and in good working order.  For those who clip their horses, now is the time to inventory your clipper blades to determine which ones need sharpening or replacing.

Inspect/service your truck and trailer – insure your truck is current on all servicing as you don’t want to start your season withP1020482 mechanical issues.  Pay particular attention to your trailer – inspect everything including the floor under the mats.   Check the tires – they don’t last forever even if you have low mileage on them.  Check the entire hitch assembly including the emergency braking system.  Insure all the electrical components are working properly including exterior and interior lights and brake lights.  Make sure the reflective material on your trailer is all intact – sometimes that material can wear out when exposed to the elements and actually come off your trailer.  The more visible your trailer is on the road, the safer you will be.



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