2017 Equestrian Canada Rules Now Available Online


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.

2017 EC Rules

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”

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”

Things of Interest


NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tracy Barton nearly summersaults off NRR Cat King Cole when the stallion kicks it up another notch.


Canadian Cowboys Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler win the 2016 PRCA Team Roping Championship


Very interesting visual of human growth.


Youth Essay Contest

Rocking Heart Ranch and the Garner family are lifetime breeders of American Quarter Horses and are pleased to be donating a pretty blue roan filly for the winner of the Youth Essay Contest held in conjunction with The Mane Event in Red Deer, AB on April 21-23, 2017. If you are between the ages of 13 – 18 you qualify to enter. Deadline 4:30 PM PST on Monday, April 10th, 2017.

You can view a video of the prize filly here.


How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses



The 81 Point Ride of Tanner Miller aboard RMP’s Hillbilly Stomp

Some kind of bronc rider.


Hollywood wrangler: an inside look at John Scott’s famous film sets

(From Alberta Venture) He got his start in movies 47 years ago as a riding extra. Since then, he’s worked with scores of Hollywood legends on dozens of Oscar-nominated films, and become something of a legend himself. (photography Bruce Meyer) Click on photo to read more.



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Winter Pasture – A Cold and Dark December

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


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.


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”