2011 News Archive

On February 24th, horse industry professionals Muffy Knox, Ron Anderson, and Les Burwash took a road trip up to Whitecourt, Alberta, to present a Horses 101 seminar. The seminar, hosted by Whitecourt 4H Multi Club, was attended by almost 100 people. Ann Harvey, editor of the Whitecourt Star, wrote two articles about Muffy's portion of the seminar in the March 2 issue of the newspaper. Read "Trainer/Teacher Itemizes the Qualities of a Good Horse" and "Know your Horse, Get his Respect, says Trainer"

To learn more about hosting a Horses 101,click here.

A small step for stables became a tiny victory for their industry, their clients and future development. Throughout March, 13 Regional Stables Meetings were held in the province from as far north as Grande Prairie and as far south as Spruce Meadows (with more to come in April). Although meeting attendance was lower than expected, the information presented was highly valuable to all who attended. Touching on hot button issues like the traceability movement, equine welfare and evoking the Animal Keepers Act, the meetings were the perfect platform to discuss the concerns of horse professionals in the business. 


Horse owners can protect their animals in the case of an emergency or a disease outbreak with Premises Identification Program (PID). As of January 1, 2009 premises identification became law as part of the Animal Health Act. If you have horses (or any of the other "Recordable Animals" as defined by the act), you must register your premises. If you become an owner of a recordable animal you must apply for a PID account and ID number within 30 days of assuming ownership of the animal, even if you board on another person's property. To view the new Equine Traceability document, click here. The document includes information on

  • Premises Identification Program (PID)
  • Equine Information Document (EID)
  • National ID Program
  • Transportation of horses

For more information about Equine Traceability in Alberta, visit their website.

This past winter, Albertans have seen snow storm after snow storm hit.  In some places, snow drifts are as high as fence lines.  With all this snow, spring promises to be messy when the ground starts thawing and the snow starts melting.  Mud can cause problems for horse owners.  It affects pastures and can cause health issues or diseases in horses. 


altIt was a cold and snowy 14th of January but still the horse folk converged on Red Deer for the 29th annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference and 5th annual Stable Owners Seminar, presented by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA). The snow that had begun on Thursday evening continued through the night and into Friday morning, creating visibility issues and poor road conditions close to Red Deer, but still they came, by the hundreds. The saying goes, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." It was originally said of postal couriers 2,500 years ago but apparently applies to horse enthusiasts as well!  (View Photo Gallery)



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