International & National

Get your boots polished and your coattails pressed because Toronto is about to saddle up for the 95th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 3 to 12. The Royal began in 1922 and is the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian event. Whether you are into world-class competition, learning about locally-sourced food, or getting up-close to show animals on their own turf, The Royal has something for everyone, making it a perennial favourite for close to a century.

The popular feed supplement ingredient Dimethyl sulpone, commonly known as MSM, will be removed from the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List (EPSL) effective January 1, 2018.

Heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the late Susan Grange, who passed away on October 19, 2017 at the age of 63. She succumbed to complications related to a terminal illness, which she had been battling with courage and strength. Grange was tremendously active as an athlete, owner, and bolster of equestrian sport in Canada. At age 12, little did she know that accompanying a friend to a riding lesson would kick off a life-long passion for horses.

The 23rd annual Fall Classic Breeders Sale held October 7 and 8, 2017, at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, offered 35 horses of which 28 found new homes. This year’s event featured a very nice selection of horses, including an embryo from top bloodlines, some well-bred foals and yearlings, several exciting two-year-olds, a large selection of well-started young prospects with good pedigrees, and performance horses with show records.

On September 29, 2017, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced that Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical company and the world’s biggest equine health business, has joined forces with the FEI – the global governing body for horse sport - to promote equine health and education.

The ongoing wildfires in British Columbia this summer have destroyed the largest area in recorded history, burning through nearly 900,000 hectares, much of that in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. There are estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 wild or free-roaming horses in the Chilcotin.

Two horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ontario this week. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of two positive cases on August 21, 2017. One of the horses, a 10-year-old gelding in Simcoe County, had to be euthanized, but the other, a 25-year-old mare in Bruce County, is recovering under a veterinarian's care.

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