2011 News Archive

The 2011 CTHS Thoroughbred Sale was held at Northlands Park in Edmonton on the Sunday of Fall Classic weekend - September 18th. The sale was a success with a total of 71 yearlings, 2 weanlings, 20 mares and 6 horses of racing age offered for sale in the catalogues. A total of 42 yearlings were sold for a total dollar amount of $312,700 giving an average yearling sale amount of $7,445.29.

The highest selling yearling was a gelding consigned by Bar None Ranches as Agent who sold for $35,000. The grey/roan gelding is sired by SAINT STEPHEN who is a graded stakes winning full brother to the Horse of the Year, Ashado. The first foals sired by Saint Stephen are two year olds of 2011 and his daughter, Holy Tempest, just had the first win for a Saint Stephen sired runner. The Alberta-bred Holy Tempest won the 5 1/2 furlong race at Northlands on September 11 for Dragon Reach Stables. The 2011 Sales Topping yearling is out of the stakes placed mare Withoutapproval who has produced the winner SIN TORO ($219,871). The yearling was purchased by Rick Wathen of Strathmore, Alberta.


Alberta's 4-H Council has approved a mandatory helmet policy for young people who sign up for its horse-riding programs. Starting Oct. 1, all beginner riders and anyone born in 2000 or later and enrolled in 4-H equine clubs must wear a protective helmet if they want to mount up.

Stacy Price, president of Alberta 4-H, says the rule is about keeping young people safe, especially from dangerous head injuries such as concussions.

"Safety is our first concern at 4-H. We are trying to improve our safety. We are trying to be proactive here," Price said Wednesday. "We see it as a growing trend and we don't want to be the ones that are lagging behind."


People came from all over the world to enjoy the horse sports, family entertainment, trade show and beautiful sunny weather at the 'Masters.' The tournament, running September 7-11, brought in record attendance. The final Sunday brought in 89 632 people, which is an all-time record and up 10 000 from last year. From Wednesday to Sunday, the total attendance was 255 202. a2011Masters-sm


Don’t “Freak-Out” About Fructans
by Dr. Vern Baron
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Lacombe, AB

Horse owners have become acquainted with fructans and their role in pasture laminitis over the past five years. Articles have been published in the popular horse-press, which tend to imply that a relationship between fructans and pasture laminitis is a new and unique discovery and is due to newly developed pasture grass species noted for high sugar content. On the contrary, pasture laminitis is the same pasture laminitis that horse-related cultures have dealt with since horses and humans have come in contact.  It is closely related to the same laminitis that my Shetland pony suffered when she overloaded on grain after breaking into a grain bin when I was a kid.


Equine Canada has just released its 2010 Canadian Equine Industry Profile Study — the State of the Industry. The 2010 study reports on statistical data derived from the largest equine industry participant survey sample ever completed in Canada. The demographic and economic information garnered in the survey underlines the significant role Canada’s equine industry plays in the country’s overall economic health.   "This is the broadest and the deepest analysis of the state of Canada's equine nation our sector has ever produced," states Akaash Maharaj, Chief Executive Officer of Equine Canada.  "Our report confirms the enormous — but too often underestimated — contribution made by Canadian equestrians to our country's economy and quality of life.  It also empowers us with the fact base we need to work with the government of Canada to improve our country's public policy framework for Canadian equestrians: to uphold higher standards of horse welfare, to expand theEC_report_cover Canadian equine industry domestically and internationally and to better serve the hundreds of thousands of Canadian horse people from coast to coast to coast."



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