2013 eNews

$50,000 was the highest price paid for a yearling at the 2013 CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale. The sale topping chestnut wasHip 44 High Seller North Light Golden Made bred and consigned by Highfield Stock Farms Ltd. of Okotoks, Alberta and sold to Curtis & Darrell Landry of Sturgeon County, Alberta and Red Diamond Stable of Strathmore, Alberta. The high selling gelding by North Light out of Golden Made is a half brother to Highfield bred Alberta stakes winner TELL ME LIES ($207,881) who won the $50,000 Alberta Oaks at the Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic the day prior to the sale.


What it means and why it's important

By Amanda Preston

Have you ever brought your horse in from the pasture, or out of the stall, and he was just not right?  To anyone else who didn’tpreston1 know your horse, he would have seemed fine, but you know your horse, and you know he’s not right. 

Having this relationship and knowing your horse’s personality and habits can be of incredible value, especially if he’s sick or injured.  So let’s talk about your horse’s “baseline” and how it can save his life. 

The “baseline” is your horse’s normal vitals values at rest, pulse, respirations, temperature, weight and physical make up. 


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).


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.


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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