2017 Equestrian Canada Rules Now Available Online

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Ottawa, ON, Jan. 16, 2017 – Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce that the online edition of the 2017 EC Rules are now available at www.equestrian.ca/programs- services/rules.

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The 2017 EC Rules are available free of charge in a clean digital version, as well as a version with changes from 2016 visible. Continue reading “2017 Equestrian Canada Rules Now Available Online”

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Canadians Are Eligible For STEP

AQHA has confirmed that Canadians are eligible for STEP!

Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships

STEP is a trail conservation program.

Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships is a program to increase participation in trail stewardship among equine enthusiasts while casting a positive light on horseback riders to land managers and other trail users.

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Heads Up! EC Concussion Protocols

Heads Up! Equestrian Canada to Implement Ground-Breaking Athlete Concussion Protocols

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Ottawa, ON, Dec. 14, 2016 – Equestrian Canada (EC) has become one of the first national governing bodies for sport in Canada to release official, sport-specific guidelines on return-to-play protocols for athlete concussions.

“Parachute congratulates Equestrian Canada in creating a Return-to-Play protocol that will help educate and monitor concussion in their sport,” said Pamela Fuselli, Interim CEO of Parachute, a national charitable organization in Canada dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

EC’s concussion-related Accidents & Return-to-Play rule will come into effect Jan. 1, 2017 for all EC sanctioned competitions in Canada. Continue reading “Heads Up! EC Concussion Protocols”

Winter Pasture – A Cold and Dark December

A cold and dark December. Certainly not the first but it’s been awhile.

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I could have lightened these photos but because the days are so short it seems we are always doing chores in the semi darkness so many of the photos were taken in the semi darkness. Even at midday the sun appears weak and far away and the shadows long.

The nights are cold and there just isn’t enough heat coming from that far away sun to warm the days. Some years colder than others. This December it got cold.

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Winter Pasture – December 2016

I am a bit late in getting this post done, I’ll use Christmas as my excuse, LOL.

What being late with this post has allowed me to do though is see how the winter is progressing. As I anticipated this is a really good winter to document a horse herd as they range for their feed in a tough, west central Alberta winter. Lots of snow. Lots of cold. Like I remember as a kid.

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December 1st brought us a good dump of snow. The young horses almost enjoy the new snow. It is no hardship for them. Continue reading “Winter Pasture – December 2016”

Winter Pasture – Late November 2016

The daytime temperatures were just above freezing up until the very end of November. The nighttime temperatures were around -8. Nice comfortable weather for horses if not perhaps a little warm. Some of the warmer days they even rolled in the snow to cool down.

The kind of days that make working with the young horses particularly fun. No bugs and just a light jacket.  The snow was gradually decreasing, the paddocks were a bit icy but not bad.

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