The Friday evening reception kicked off the popular conference. Participants and public were treated to a video welcome by Sherwood Park Mayor Ms. Roxanne Barr, greetings from Horse Racing Alberta, and a picture/music montage by the sponsor, the Alberta Trail Riding Association. The conference is an opportunity for people from all horse breeds and disciplines to meet new friends, network, and get up to date on everything equine. The variety of sponsor booths, speaker topics, and the diversity in the people attending the conference gave everyone a chance to exchange ideas, satisfy their curiosity or learn new ideas about old topics.
The conference presentations ranged from the development of new and cutting edge veterinary advancements and products, to the age old question about when to deworm your horse. Horse welfare was a popular subject, and there were some lively discussions about marketing, farriery, horses used for therapy, and when to make the painful decision to euthanize.
The 40 sponsor booths included Breed and Riding Associations, Equine Health and Veterinary Medicine, Post-Secondary Education and Training, Feed, Tack and Supplies, Publications and Equine Facilities. There really was something for everyone!