In the early 80’s, a horse owner and native Nova Scotian had a vision of forming a group which would benefit the welfare of the horse, unbiased as to breed or area of the country. George Wade spent much time and energy having the Morgan Horse Foundation registered as a charity with Revenue Canada. In the early years, the Foundation, recognizing the growing shortage of equine vets, mainly provided scholarships to veterinary students who were going into equine practice. These students were at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the Equine Research Centre at the University of Guelph, the University of Montreal Equine Centre, and the Atlantic University Vet College.

 

In the late 80’s the name of the foundation was changed to the Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC) and it began focusing on providing grants to vet colleges on a rotating basis, with each college deciding where the money would be spent. In most cases, the funds are used for specific research or related equipment. The most recent grant went to the Atlantic University Vet College for the purchase of equipment needed to offer equine chiropractic services, as well as teach this skill to their students. With previous grants, the University of Montreal Equine Centre purchased a an arthroscope and a newly developed sling to lift horses, and the University of Guelph purchased a ‘super computer’ which will be utilized by Dr. Vale, a world leader in equine pulmonary research. The next grant will go to either the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon or the University of Calgary Veterinary program. During the lifetime of the Equine Foundation, just under $200,000 has been given for scholarships, research & equipment and equine education.

In order to provide these grants, the Foundation depends on the generosity of Canadian horse enthusiasts. Over the years, many trail rides, raffles, auctions and other events have been held in all provinces with funds raised going to the Foundation. For events bringing in more than $600, the EFC provides an attractive horse cooler which can be given to the individual bringing in the most money. A recent event was a Ride, Drive and Walk held June 1st east of Millet, Alberta, where more than $4,500 was raised for the EFC. An August ride was held in Kananaskis Country with nearly $1,500 raised. In 1999, watercolour artist Graham Flatt of Millet created a painting called “Who’s Watching Who” which was raffled to raise money for EFC. Three hundred prints were produced, signed by the artist, and are also being sold as a fundraiser. Other sources of income for the Foundation are the Memorial Fund for remembering a loved one or the Book of Memory for recognizing a special horse. For that person who is hard to buy for, there is also a provision for gifting a donation for a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. 

For more information on the Equine Foundation of Canada visit www.equinefoundation.ca.

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