International & National

May 23-27, 2017 - Over $115,000 in Added Money! The Time Has Come – The Competition Is Set – We’ve Broken Tradition! The first Wild Card Reining Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada was held May 25th through the 29th, 2016. Hosted by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center, the “Wild Card” was specifically created to offer young reining horses more time to receive the training they need to begin long and sound careers in the demanding sport of reining.

We have taken note of the recent article published by Horse Sport on February 17, 2017 titled “7 Times Equestrian Canada’s Board Broke Their Own Rules” and quoting an anonymous former Director of EC. The article alleges breaches of By-laws by the Equestrian Canada (“EC”) Board of Directors (“Board”).

March 31 – April 2, 2017. Throughout its 15-year history, the Can-Am Equine Expo has demonstrated a vigorous tendency to reinvent itself. This year’s show, taking place at the Markham Fairgrounds on March 31 to April 2, is no exception. Visitors familiar with the latest trends and products in the horse industry will find lots of carryovers from previous years – but also lots of new features, attractions, and clinicians, to make a return trip a welcome start to the spring season.

Principal Investigator Dr. Megan Kiely Mueller recently shared the news that the findings of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) funded project “Effects of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Youth” were recently published in the peer-review Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Principal Investigator Katrina Merkies of the University of Guelph shared the following findings from her team’s HHRF-supported project which asked: “Can horses distinguish between neurotypical and mentally traumatized humans?”

Cabral, affectionately known as “JP”, the horse ridden by Rio Paralympic Games Grade II medallist Natasha Baker of Great Britain, has been put down. The 2001 dark bay Polish-bred gelding sustained a small cut while grazing in his field on February 22, 2017 at Baker’s parent’s farm, and subsequently developed a bacterial infection.

West Coast Dressage Convention – April 8-9, 2017

An amazing two-day teaching clinic with Carl Hester, MBE Olympic Gold Medalist, will be held this spring at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California. On the weekend of April 8 and 9, 2017, SHProductions will present the Fourth Annual West Coast Dressage Convention with Carl Hester.

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