2010 News Archive

alt*UPDATE* - Following the distribution of a press release containing the following information, Alberta 4-H reconsidered their decision and pulled their new helmet policy. Helmets will continue to be "recommended".

Alberta 4-H has taken a big step forward in an effort to make their equine programs safer for 4-H youth. Effective October 1, 2010, it will be a requirement that a properly fitted ASTM/SEI (American Society for Testing and Materials Safety Equipment Institute) or BSI (British Standards Institution) approved equestrian helmet be worn for all mounted 4-H events. This policy was put in place to reduce the risk of horseback riding injuries at 4-H events.


 altThe 2010 Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships were held July 28–August 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.


alberta_image(Originally published in the Apri/2010 edition of the Western Horse Review)

"If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail."  Winston Churchill

It isn’t difficult to see why we can be divided as an industry. We ride, we drive, we race, we jump, we slide, we compete, we recreate, and all of this using a diverse variety of equipment on a wide range of sizes, shapes and breeds of horses. On top of this diversity, we care for our equine friends in vastly different ways depending on circumstances and philosophies.

Compare this to, for instance, hockey. Everyone needs a pair of skates, a stick, a puck and some protective equipment. The various leagues tell you where to play, and how seriously, the rules are largely the same for each league and team and a hockey stick is, for the most part, a hockey stick. And, although they may have an opinion, most players probably don’t care how often their teammates sharpen their skates or who does it for them.


It's that time of year again...the sun is shining, the birds are singing and we at the Horse Industry Association of Alberta are thinking about the depths of winter. Crazy? Well, maybe a little, but mostly just doing our best to provide yet another conference filled with education, information and some much needed mid-winter fun with other horsey folks.


Ialtn the May issue of the HIAA eNews, we announced that the Pasture Recovery Initiative (PRI) launched by the provincial and federal governments was available to horse producers. The press release for the initiative did include equine breeding stock, but horses have been excluded from this program other than PMU (none in Alberta) or horses raised specifically for meat. Other species included in the program are beef cattle, bison, elk, deer, llamas, sheep, goats, and alpacas. 
Alberta is horse country, home to some of the most respected purebred and commercial breeding operations in the world. Virtually all of them depend on grazing lands to make their efforts economical. The drought has had a significant impact on these operations and the same $60 per breeding animal allowed for PMU and meat horses would offer some much needed relief to the many producers of horses for sport and recreation.
The Horse Industry Association of Alberta has written to the Alberta Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Jack Hayden, to object to the exclusion of the vast majority of equine breeding stock from this vital recovery program. We encourage breeders and breed organizations in the province to do the same, with copies of letters sent to your MLAs.
Write to:
Honourable Jack Hayden
Legislature Office
#423 Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5K 2B6
Saskatchewan producers have also been excluded from this program, other than meat and PMU, and we encourage you to write to your Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture and local MLAs.


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