2012 eNews

$68,000 was paid for a yearling by Old Topper out of Miami Margie - a number not seen in many years at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta division) annual sale. The gelding was consigned by Vern & Debbie Hrycuik of Wanham, Alberta and sold to Riversedge Racing Stable of Okotoks, Alberta.

The CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale was held at Northlands Park EXPO Centre in Edmonton on Sunday September 16, 2012. Results from the sale show positive increases in the number of yearlings sold and overall gross sales.  The 2012 yearling average of $8437.93 remains constant from the 2011 number of $8,468.57. This figure is encouraging given the recent uncertainty in the thoroughbred industry.

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Excerpted with permission, from Field of Dreams (by Jessica Patterson) in the September/October issue of Western Horse Review. Find the full feature in the issue now on newsstands, and find out what really happened to the Balzac race track and what the future my entail for it.

Balzac. In Canada’s horse racing world, the name conjures up not the quaint little village on the edge of metropolis Calgary, but rather, images of the track that never happened – despite dedicated efforts by players in the industry and a great deal of money. The grandiose plan encountered court-ordered creditor protection, death, the financial crisis, recession and water woes. The Balzac track was intended to breathe new life into an ailing Alberta horse racing industry. Now six barns sit empty and what was meant to be a world-class racing complex is a fallow field.

The Balzac racetrack was the brainchild and dream of the late Calgarian Dwight McLellan, a former businessman and real estate developer. McLellan’s first passion was real estate, but horses came a close second, says Mat Monaco, executive director of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) of Alberta.

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Following extensive industry consultation, the Livestock Identification Services Ltd. (LIS) will increase its cattle inspection fee, effective September 1st, 2012, to $1.25 from the current $1.00. This fee increase, the first in 20 years, is supported by all sectors of the cattle industry and remains significantly lower than the neighbouring provinces of British Columbia ($1.60) and Saskatchewan ($2.00). There will not be an increase to the inspection fees for horses.

Download a PDF of the press release here.

August 8, 2012 - A horse tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Las Animas County, Colorado on August 2, 2012. Vesicular Stomatitis is a reportable disease as per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), meaning that horse owners must immediately report the presence of any horse suspected of being affected by the disease. The disease causes blister-like lesions to be formed on the inside of the mouth, nose and hooves, alongside flu like symptoms and anorexia.

The affected horse in Colorado had not travelled recently and was believed to have contracted the disease from an insect bite. The facility was quarantined following the diagnosis. Several cases have been identified in New Mexico in 2012, however, this marks the first case confirmed in Colorado. A release issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture stated that this “represents a northern movement of the virus”. No cases have been suspected in Canada.

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