April 2012

From April 18-22, HIAA and ASI were involved with Aggie Days in Calgary teaching urban school students all about horses with our popular equine welfare and care education5photo centre. From Wednesday to Friday, around 10 000 students were on the grounds being educated about agriculture. They were accompanied by 3500 teachers and 4000 volunteers. Thanks to Linda Jesse and Kathy Marston for teaching these students with us.


For those of you who attended the 30th Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference in January, you may have experienced some problems with the hotel. The Capri Centre had recently changed to the Sheraton Red Deer, which created problems in reservations and food service.

HIAA reviewed the conference evaluations and heard your complaints. Earlier this month, we sat down with Jeannine Tattari, Director of Catering, and Gil Vallee, the General Manager of the Sheraton Red Deer to share your feedback and concerns. After a very constructive meeting, we are confident that the problems experienced this year will be resolved for 2013.


The Horse Industry Association of Alberta has a new free publication entitled Basic Care Considerations for Horses. The publication provides information about:acover

• General cost of owning and caring for horses in Alberta
• Feeding and care information
• Basic horse behaviour
• Horse care duties for owners
• The aging horse
• End of life decisions



Equine Canada Releases Special Report: The Economics of Horse Racing in Canada

The Ontario horse racing industry is contributing $4.5 billion or 77 per centof the total annual economic contributions from racing in Canada, according to a new study released today by Equine Canada and Strategic Equine. The Economics of Horse Racing in Canada, an in‐depth report on the horse racing industry on a province‐by‐province basis, identifies the significant economic contributions realized through horse racing in Canada – the industry generates more than 47,000 full-time equivalent jobs and $5.7 billion annually to the national economy.

The racing sector represents a small percentage of the total number of horses in Canada, but a significantly higher percentage of the overall economic contribution that comes from horses in Canada. With 45,000 horses active in the racing sector (five per cent of the total Canadian herd), the horse racing sector provides 26 per cent of the total economic contribution, and a $5.7 billion annual economic impact. Racing in Ontario represents the largest provincial sector for the national racing industry, with more than 68 per cent of the total racing opportunities and 86 per cent of the total purses earned in 2010.



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