International & National

This past week, Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. was honoured twice – once locally as a finalist for Innovator of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards through the Chamber of Commerce, and once with a prestigious, globally recognized award as winner of Female CEO of the Year in the category of Women in Business through the International Trade Council. The “Go Global – Think Globally 2019” international conference was held October 22-23 in Chicago and saw more than 200 attendees from over 37 countries around the globe. Over 3800 entries for 60 categories were received, with the conference offering non-stop workshops and seminars on everything to do with exporting and global positioning.

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Principal Investigator, Dr. Laurie McDuffee and her team from Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. The purpose of this project, Psychophysiological Effects of Equine-assisted Therapy on Horses and in Veterans Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is to explore the efficacy of equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) on human-horse dyads through changes in measures of stress hormones and PTSD symptoms.

The 25th anniversary of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Association’s Fall Classic Sale was a great success. The arena at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta, was standing-room only as the sale got underway at 6pm on Saturday, October 5. The decorations were outstanding, the food and wine offered were superior, and the horses set a new standard in quality and pedigree.

October 7, 2019 – The Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) Group Inc is very pleased to announce that the third film in the ECIR Group NO Laminitis film series is complete and available for viewing on the ECIR website.

Calgary, AB, Sept 23, 2019 – Induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is the highest honour that can be bestowed by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Those chosen for induction are recognized for their lifetime of accomplishments and service. No one is more deserving of this honour than the late Hans Hansma of Alberta, Canada. Hans was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame on March 10, 2019.

Forty-eight thousand dollars was the top price paid for a yearling during the annual Alberta Thoroughbred Sale on Friday, September 13th at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta. There were 111 quality yearlings on offer with 67 selling for total gross sales of $451,300. The top five highest priced yearlings were all Alberta-bred yearlings.

The International Equitation Science Conference, with the theme of Bringing Science to the Stable, kicked off on Sunday, August 18, 2019 with two pre-conference workshops. The first was Lost in Translation presented by two members of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Council, Cristina Wilkins of Horses and People Magazine, and Kate Fenner of Kandoo Equine. Using their media background and experience, they discussed ways to improve the communication of science in equestrian communities.

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