International & National

Rhonda Reese, who had served as Executive Director of Midwest Horse Fair since 2007, has been charged with 61 counts of felony theft and writing false cheques. She is accused of redirecting more than $200,000 of the organization’s funds to her personal use. The Midwest Horse Fair is an annual event that draws horse enthusiasts from across the United States.

In the United States, military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often prescribed therapeutic horseback riding (THR) as a complementary therapy, but little is known about how these programs affect PTSD in military veterans. Now, a University of Missouri study has determined that veterans had a significant decrease in PTSD scores just weeks after THR.

Inmates are learning to care for large animals through a unique program on the grounds of the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) near Oliver. Through a partnership with the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), trained handlers are on hand each morning to guide up to six participating inmates in the care, feeding, grooming, and washing of two horses: Roanie, a red-roan, nine-year-old Mustang, and Gypsy, a gold-brown, 18-year-old Quarter-Mustang. While participants won’t be riding the range, the horse program is designed to put them back in the saddle with new job skills when they’re released from custody.

Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is pleased at this time to announce two new programs being introduced nationwide, with the mandate to support equestrian athletes across the country under the age of 25. The programs are being designed to help identify those who have the potential of becoming Canada’s next high-performance athletes.

Equine artist Fred Stone has died at the age of 87. He passed away on February 4th surrounded by family, from complications due to cancer. Stone was the most sought-after equine artist in the world. According to his website, more horse lovers own a Fred Stone print than any other equine artist in history. His works hang in Buckingham Palace and the White House.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is an 18-day fair held annually at the end of August in Toronto, Ontario. Visitors come to enjoy the variety of events hosted by the CNE reflecting the charming character of Toronto and the surrounding area while highlighting historical traditions. The CNE attracts youth to the equine industry through two main attractions: Horsepower Live and Horse Capades, both of which are free after general admission to the CNE, increasing the attractiveness of these events to potential visitors.

The spectacular pacer, Somebeachsomewhere, lost his battle with stomach cancer on January 14, 2018. After retiring from racing nine years ago, he became the most expensive breeding stallion in North America, siring horses that made more than $80 million in winnings.

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