2011 News Archive

Thursday December 8, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Edmonton, Alberta – Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) announced today the appointment of Mr. Rick LeLacheur as Chairman of the Board for a term of three years.

Rick LeLacheur comes to HRA with extensive business experience and community involvement. He brings to the industry many years of senior management experience in economic development, and tourism/sports management.

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The Horse Industry Association of Alberta's educational booth was showcased in Edmonton as part of Farmfair for ten days this November. Three of the days were spent teaching elementary students how to care for horses as part of "The Fair at Farmfair." Farmfair welcomed 1106 kids in 49 classes from 27 different schools with 53aIMG_2671 teachers supervising. The other days were open to the public and many people from the Edmonton area stopped by the booth.

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How to be prepared and what to do until your veterinarian arrivesAmberlistentoheart

Written by Dr. Amber Myers, c/o Moore Equine Veterinary Centre, Ltd.

Accidents happen and the most important thing a horse owner can do, although at times it may be the most difficult, is to stay calm.  To prepare for the inevitable equine emergency, a horse owner can learn a few simple techniques to assess the condition of the horse, and to help the veterinarian in the case of an emergency. This article will cover how to take a horse’s vitals, some common horse emergencies, how to differentiate colic from choke, and what to do while waiting for the veterinarian to arrive.

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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.  

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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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