August 2013

By Pat Barriage      

The days are getting shorter and the nights are starting to cool off.  In just a few short months many riders will be heading togo with the flow center arena their local indoor arena to stretch their riding season well into the winter months. As horse folks gather in these smaller spaces, extra consideration for the safety of horses and riders should be given. By following a few basic etiquette principles, confusion and accidents can be avoided. If you are new to riding, this list should help you feel more confident as you navigate riding in a group setting.  If you are a more experienced rider, always take it upon yourself to stay safe and flow out of harm’s way.  It’s a great opportunity for you to educate by setting a good example. 

1. Posted Arena Rules - Several private and public arenas have rules posted and you should become familiar with them before entering the arena.

2. Stay Safe – Helmets are recommended for all types of riding and driving. Spectators should stand outside the rail.   

3. Knock, Knock - If there is a doorway to the riding area, listen first, knock second or say “door” loudly enough to be heard inside and be extra careful when entering.

4. Lessons - If a lesson is in progress, ask the instructor for permission to enter.  If permission is granted, the right of way must always be given to the students.

5. Entering - Enter the arena safely by waiting for a break in the flow of riders.  Riders should be considerate of those waiting to enter by slowing down or moving out of the way.  Head straight for the center of the arena to adjust tack and/or mount up.

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You are driving down the highway with three horses in your trailer, when suddenly a truck appears out of nowhere EFC trailer 1heading right for you. You swerve, hitting the ditch, and over goes your unit, ending in a crumpled mess. A nightmare for anyone who hauls horses down the road, or any livestock for that matter!

The police, ambulance and fire truck are called and soon arrive. And the fire department pulls up with its Livestock Emergency Rescue Trailer which contains all sorts of equipment and trained first responders to get your horses out of your mangled trailer. You are very fortunate to be in an area which has one of these Rescue Trailers.

These trailers are under a program of Alberta Farm Animal Care, and financed by the Federal and Provincial governments by the Growing Forward plan.  Some have partial or total local financial support (such as Rural Crime Watch).

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Through a rigorous selection process, the team representing Alberta in the upcoming Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC September 13 – 15, 2013) and held at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, Alberta, have been selected.

The disciplines participating at the CIEC are Dressage, Jumping and Reining, all Federation Equestre International (FEI) sports with both junior and senior participants.

The Alberta Equestrian Federation is pleased to present the team Alberta members. This year, our Alberta ladies will be showing skill, talent and determination against equally qualified competitors from the other provinces. "We are extremely proud of all our Team Alberta members that worked so hard over the past few months to secure a spot on Team Alberta," says Les Oakes, AEF President, "our selection committee had a difficult time reviewing all of the applications; everyone was very close to qualifying."

The Alberta team is made up of the following team members. In Dressage, the junior members are: Annie Coward, Calgary, age 13 and Samantha Mills based in Calgary, age 17. Senior members are: Mary-Anne Eeuwes, Calgary, age 26 and Carol Hall, Calgary, age 51. The Dressage Coach is Doreen Horsey, Calgary. Doreen Horsey is an Equine Canada Senior Dressage judge and a licensed USEF "S"

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