Alberta Horse Industry

Ottawa, ON, June, 27, 2013 --- Equine Canada (EC) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the release of the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines. The Code is available for download at

"The development of this new Code is perhaps the most important project in recent Canadian history for the health and welfare of equines in Canada," states Jack de Wit, Director with the Equine Canada Board of Directors and Chair of the Code Development Committee. "This is a Code of Practice we can all be proud to have. It is among the most comprehensive of equine Codes internationally, and will serve a vital role across our diverse industry."

The Code's development was led by an 18-person Code committee comprised of equine owners, caregivers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, veterinarians and government representatives. Aiding in their work was a five-person Scientific Committee that included researchers with expertise in equine behaviour, health and welfare.


Airdrie, Alta. – On January 10, 2015, at the 33rd annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference, the Horse Industry Association ofDistinguished Service Award Alberta (HIAA) proudly presented the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Wayne Burwash in recognition of his lasting influence and contributions to the equine industry in the province.

Dr. Burwash grew up on a mixed dairy farm in Balzac, Alberta. He graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) from their first graduating class in 1969 and, after an internship, joined The Animal Clinic in 1970. Early in his career, he was the first to do Commercial Embryo Transfer in Canada with Bob Church from the University of Calgary. In 1977, the clinic split up from being a mixed practice and Dr. Burwash decided to open his own clinic specializing in equine: Burwash Equine Services.


The 31st Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference in Red Deer welcomed hundreds of horse enthusiasts for a weekend filled with fun and education. In theaTemple_Grandin_audience largest turn-out since the 25th anniversary in 2007, a total of over 660 people were onsite, hailing from all over Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. The exhibit hall hosted over 50 booths sponsored by equine businesses and organizations. 

The weekend started off with the 7th annual Stable Owners’ Seminar on Friday afternoon and included four sessions specifically designed for stable owners. Topics on risk management, attracting clients and working with veterinarians were presented to a crowd of over 100 people by Christy Landwehr, Gary Millar, and Becky Taylor, respectively. The highly anticipated last session was a Q & A with three representatives from Strathcona County, Red Deer County, and Rocky View County.

Friday night’s “Open Barn” Welcome Reception was hosted by Pfizer Animal Health’s Equine Division and provided the first opportunity to see sponsor booths set up in the exhibition hall. Early bird draw prizes were distributed to the lucky winners and delegates entered additional bucket draw prizes. This year, the “Open Barn” Welcome Reception extended an invitation for the general public to experience a taste of what the event has to offer.


aCatalogueCover2011The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association Fall Classic Sale in Olds on October 15-16 saw some great horses go for top dollars. The two-day event includes chute jumping demonstrations and a gala before the auction on Sunday afternoon. New to this year’s sale was “Dancing in the Dirt,” a party in the arena following the gala on Saturday night which was met with great enthusiasm by consigners, bidders, and audience members alike.

This year, 84 quality Warmblood horses were consigned to the sale, with 66 of them being offered on Sunday. Horses ranged from weanlings to seasoned performance horses. And 38 of those horses found new owners with the average sale price being $6,838.16.


With two breed association sales in the last month showing an increase in the average sale price, things could be looking up for the horse industry in Alberta.  Alberta Standardbred Horse Association (ASHA) and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS), Alberta Division, both report successful results at their fall sales.

The sales ran on back-to-back weekends. Alberta CTHS ran the sale in Edmonton on September 18th and ASHA ran the sale the following weekend on September 24th in Olds.Alberta-Downs-01_1 
The average for Alberta CTHS was up this year to $7,445.29 for yearlings in both the main and supplementary catalogues. The 2010 yearling average was $5,389.13.

ASHA reported an average price of $6,242. Last year’s average price was $5,804.

In the USA, Keenland has also boasted their average price increased 18.05 percent at their September Yearling Sale.

For more information on the ASHA sale, visit their website.

For more information about the Alberta CTHS sale, read the article on the top 5 sellers, courtesy of Alberta CTHS.


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