FAQs

The 5 Ws and How
What is the Annual Alberta Horse Conference?
When is the conference?
Where is the conference?
Who is speaking at the conference?
How did the conference start?

Nuts and Bolts
How long is the conference?
What does it cost?
What are the benefits of pre-registering?
When does online registration open?
What time does the on-site registration desk open?
How much is parking?
Are meals included in the registration cost?
How is the schedule laid out?
I’m from out of town, is there a hotel that offers a reduced rate?
Do I have to stay for the entire weekend?
Why are certain businesses in the trade show?
Are CE credits available?

What if…?
I just want to come one day; is there a reduced rate?
I just want to come to hear one speaker; is this possible?
I just want to visit the trade show?
I don’t breed horses; can I still come to the conference?
I registered for the conference but now I’m unable to attend; can I get a refund?
I couldn’t attend the conference; can I buy the proceedings manual so I can read the speaker’s papers?

What is the Alberta Horse Conference?
Formerly called the Horse Breeders and Owners Conference (HBOC), the Alberta Horse Conference is North America’s premiere equine conference. It is an annual event that took place in  Calgary, Red Deer and in 2017 in Sherwood Park, Alberta. This equine event features internationally recognized speakers on a wide range of topics of interest to horse owners, breeders and professionals alike.
 
When is the conference?
The conference takes place every year on the second full weekend in January after New Year’s Day.

Where is the conference?
***New for 2017: Sherwood Park, Alberta. The conference has been in Red Deer since 1983 and for 2017 we've decided to try something new! Find a map here.

Who is speaking at the conference?
We take pride in bringing a variety of internationally recognized and knowledgeable speakers to our conference. Our conference planning committee considers many factors when selecting and approaching prospective speakers. The program changes every year! For a list of our current confirmed speakers, please click here. If you would like to see a sampling of the quality of information at the Alberta Horse Conference, read through some of the past conference proceedings.

How did the conference start?
The conference was first run by the University of Calgary. In 1978, Ron Cole, the coordinator of the continuing education department organized the first University of Calgary Equine Reproduction Symposium. The feature speaker at this inaugural symposium was Dr. Peter Rosedale from England. After the success of the first symposium, a decision was made to run the symposium annually. When Ron Cole retired from the University Of Calgary Department of Continuing Education, Doug Milligan, Les Burwash and Bob Coleman were on staff at the Horse Industry Branch with Alberta Agriculture conducting extension programs for the horse industry. In 1982, the Horse Industry Association of Alberta was informally established to conduct the annual conference. In 1983, the first Alberta Horse Breeders and Owners Conference was held in Red Deer, where it remained until 2016.

How long is the conference?
The conference starts on Friday evening and continues through until Sunday afternoon.

What does it cost?
Registration is $100 per individual when pre-registering either online or in the mail. Registration is available at the door for $105. Registration includes admission to any and all lectures, all receptions, and access to the trade show (Sasturday evening dinner is an additional $45). As part of the conference, there are three breaks where free refreshments are provided. There are also refreshments offered at the evening receptions. In addition, you will receive a proceedings manual which includes written papers by our speakers (value $25), a delegate bag with sponsor donated items, identification badge and lanyard, and many chances to win prizes throughout the weekend.

What are the benefits of pre-registering?
Pre-registrations will receive a small discounted rate ($5/person), check in at the door is faster and in addition, all pre-registrations are eligible for early bird registration prizes (if registering by December 1st).

When does online registration open?
Online registration opens in September.

What time does the on-site registration open?
The conference registration desk opens on the Friday at 6pm. Our lovely registration ladies (Dawn, Maxine, Sharon, and Shirley) have full time jobs and volunteer their time for the weekend. Opening the registration at 6 pm ensures delegates have an hour to register prior to the Friday night reception, which begins at 7pm.

What forms of payment do you accept at the door?
We accept cash, cheque, major credit cards (except America Express), and debit. 

How much is parking?
Parking is free.

Are meals included in the registration cost?
No, in an effort to keep registration fees affordable, meals are not included. *** ThIs information is currently being updated, check back for local restaurants close to the Strathcona County Community Centre. Refreshments are provided at the morning and afternoon break, as well as snacks during the Friday night and Saturday night reception. For lunch and dinner, the Sheraton Red Deer has two food outlets just steps away from the session rooms. In addition, there is a concession set up in the trade show area for your convenience. You are also welcome to bring a bag lunch or visit any of the restaurants in Red Deer.

How is the schedule laid out?
Speaker topics are either 50 minutes or 90 minutes in length. Other than our plenary sessions, there are two conference rooms running at the same time so you have the choice of which topic you wish to attend.

I’m from out of town, is there a hotel that offers a reduced rate?
Yes, we have room blocks set up with some local hotels (rates may vary), indicate you are with the annual Alberta Horse Conference and contact either of the following hotels: The Holiday Inn & Conference Centre Sherwood Park at 1-780-464-4900, The Ramada Sherwood Park at 1-780-467-6727, Super 8 Sherwood Park at 1-780-464-1000. When calling, be sure and tell them that you’re with the Alberta Horse Conference to receive their reduced rate. Please visit our accommodations page for more information.

Do I have to stay for the entire weekend?
No, you are welcome to stay for the entire three days but you may come and go as you please.

Why are certain businesses in the trade show?
The trade show is open to all equine businesses and organizations. We approach them throughout the year and tell them about our trade show. If you know of a business that you think would benefit from exhibiting, please tell them about us! 

Are CE credits available?
Yes, The Alberta Horse Conference applies annually for the approval of CE (Continuing Education) credits through the Alberta Veterinary Medicine Association (ABVMA) for registered veterinarians and animal health technicians. Generally, 8 hours of CE credits are approved. 

I just want to come one day – is there a reduced rate?
No, we are not set up to accommodate a one-day entrance fee. The conference is run by a non-profit organization comprised of a volunteer board and a small staff. 

I just want to come to hear one speaker, is this possible?
Sure, registration for one speaker is the regular rate of $105 and the rest of the sessions are free!  Besides, with so much to learn at the conference, why would you just want to attend one session?

I just want to visit the trade show?
The trade show is open to the public for free only during the Friday night reception. Come on down and see what we are all about!

I don’t breed horses, can I still come to the conference?
Yes! The conference is designed to have topics of interest to all horse enthusiasts. You don’t need to breed horses or even own a horse. The conference addresses a variety of topics, which can include equine training, behaviour, nutrition, dentistry, farriery, health, care, welfare, current scientific research, conformation, physiology, breeding, the business of horses, and currents news in the horse industry.

I registered for the conference but now I’m unable to attend, can I get a refund?
Yes, we will issue full refunds up until one week before the conference. After that time, we are unable to issue refunds.

I couldn’t attend the conference, can I buy the proceedings manual so I can read the speaker’s papers?
Yes, we sell the conference proceedings for $25 (shipping included in Canada). Contact our office to order.

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