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Another GREAT Mane Event!

See you at the Mane Event” is a pretty common phrase around these parts. We all look forward to a visit with our “horsey” friends after a long western Canadian winter. And, just like the crocuses, thousands of horse people from every discipline will suddenly show up, sometimes even poking through the snow, to see what the many, many vendors have brought to entice us or teach us. Along with this are knowledgeable clinicians teaching throughout the buildings and 2 arenas and, of course, you don’t want to miss the “Trainers Challenge”. There is lots to be learned.

Showing  you all the exhibitors, clinicians and vendors isn’t really an option so we thought we would concentrate on the ones who are also on Northernhorse.com. If you weren’t at The Mane Event this year, let us give you a good idea of what you missed. Continue reading “Another GREAT Mane Event!”

EQUINE CODE OF PRACTICE AWARENESS SURVEY OPENS

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If you own horses and / or are responsible for the care of horses please take five minutes to complete an important survey respecting the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines (the Code). This industry-developed survey is to gauge awareness, adoption and use of the Code. Follow this link
www.surveymonkey.com/r/equinecodesurvey to the survey.

“Health and welfare of the animals in our care is the cornerstone of our equine industry,” said Bill desBarres, horse owner and Chair of the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC). “The future of Canada’s equine industry is dependent on establishing and maintaining the confidence of horse people and the general public.”  Continue reading “EQUINE CODE OF PRACTICE AWARENESS SURVEY OPENS”

EQUESTRIAN LIFESTYLE CHANNEL SET TO MAKE DEBUT IN CANADA

Ride Television Network, Inc., (RIDE TV) and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) have announced that RIDE TV will be added to the list of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution in Canada. RIDE TV will be the first network of its kind in Canada and will be available to subscribers across the country. Continue reading “EQUESTRIAN LIFESTYLE CHANNEL SET TO MAKE DEBUT IN CANADA”

CQHA Seeks Team Canada Coach and Team Manager for 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup

NEW — EXTENDED DEADLINE TO APPLY

Calgary, AB — April 3, 2017 –The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce that the next American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Cup will be held June 28 – July 8 in College Station, Texas. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized worldwide.

The AQHA Youth World Cup features teams of five riders from up to 16 different countries. The host country provides a pool of horses for the competition. And, in the tradition of every Youth World Cup event since 1986, the CQHA will co-ordinate and field a youth team of up to five riders, plus alternates, to represent our country as Team Canada. Continue reading “CQHA Seeks Team Canada Coach and Team Manager for 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup”

Reining Horse Foundation Scholarship Deadline is May 1

High school seniors who are members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association are encouraged to apply for scholarships made possible by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2017, for consideration. Seven academic and need-based scholarships will be awarded by an independent committee based upon applicants’ academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement with horses and NRHyA.test

The scholarships range from $750 to $2,000, with three awarded at the highest level. Recipients in 2016 included Megan D’Andrea of Fowler, Ohio; Amber Edmonds of Pepperell, Mass.; Holly Lansidel of McKenna, Wash.; Nicholas Muir of Lynnwood, Wash.; Shaelyn Vering of Scribner, Neb.; Jarid Walton of Coleman, Mich.; and Blair Willette of Haleiwa, Hawaii. Previous recipients are eligible to reapply.

Chairman of the foundation’s Scholarship Committee is NRHA Vice President and Foundation Boardmember Mike Hancock. He said, “The foundation is committed to this scholarship program and what it means to our youth and their future. We appreciate every donor who makes the program possible through their support of fundraising efforts.”

Additionally, scholarship opportunities are available to NRHyA members through Youth Team Tournaments and the Varsity Reining Club. For details, visit http://www.nrhya.com/about.php.

For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, go to reiningfoundation.com or nrhya.com. You can call (405) 946-7400 to speak to NRHyA and RHF representatives about these programs.

The Boss Mare Calls

Yesterday when I went out to work with Hawk, my 4 year old gelding, I noticed that he was really not happy living alone away from the herd. I had just locked him up the day before. He was nervous about being alone. I decided to bring Elvis the 3 year old in to be with him and perhaps work with Elvis a bit too before he leaves to be started. I could see the herd up by the trees on the north quarter.

As I headed out to the pasture, Hawk was calling and begging to come along. When I got a little farther Josie the old boss mare saw me and she started yelling and pointing out she would like to be out with HER herd too.

I took a short cut across the hummocks in the swamp – not too scary, they are still frozen and don’t wobble – and was just nicely on the other side when I heard the sound of running horses. I am quite used to seeing them come when I call but they were running like they were on a mission. Their hooves were thundering on the partially frozen ground. Continue reading “The Boss Mare Calls”