International & National

The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Canada has been officially awarded to Thunderbird Show Park (Thunderbird) in Langley, BC for a three-year term beginning in 2019. Thunderbird held its first Nations Cup in 2016, and by 2018 was hosting CSIO 5* level competition. Widely considered one of the top venues in North America, the prestigious facility will continue to act as the site of the Canadian qualifier for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ for the next three years

Put the dates of August 19 to 21, 2019 into your calendar for the 15th Annual Equitation Science Conference to be held at The University of Guelph – Canada’s largest and most renowned agricultural university and one of only five veterinary colleges in Canada. Come and be fascinated by what science has uncovered about the unique horse-human connection. With the theme “Bringing Science to the Stable,” the conference will focus on mankind’s history with horses, what we have learned about horse-human interactions, and how we can continue to improve our relationships with these amazing animals.

January 8, 2018, St. Catharines, ON – A Brock University Labour Studies professor is looking for the public’s views on how Ontario should handle animal cruelty investigations and humane law enforcement in the future. Kendra Coulter, Chair of Brock’s Labour Studies Department, is leading a larger research project examining different approaches to animal cruelty enforcement.

The three-year-old Clydesdale mare, Puzzle, owned by Willow Way Farms near Ohaton, Alberta, captured the title of Supreme Grand Champion at the World Clydesdale Show held in Madison, Wisconsin from October 25 to 28, 2018.

Sixty charges of animal cruelty have now been laid against Patricia Moore by Evansburg RCMP, who announced the new charges in a statement on January 9. The previous day, Alberta SPCA, RCMP officers, and a veterinarian removed 65 horses and six dogs from the acreage west of Edmonton, the result of a continuing investigation into reports of starving and emaciated horses.

In the early morning hours of Friday, December 21, 2018, a barn fire at First Line Training Centre in Milton, Ontario, claimed the lives of five horses. Thirty-seven Standardbreds and one pony were in the barn when the fire started at around 1:40 a.m. Two died in the fire, and three were euthanized due to their injuries after assessment by a veterinarian. The uninjured horses were taken to the nearby Mohawk Racetrack for housing.

Saskatoon Prairieland Park, along with volunteers from Saskatchewan Horse Federation, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and various equine breed groups, are working together to facilitate the eighth annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo.

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