International & National

Hundreds of Wildfires Affect Thousands of Residents - The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Meaford Fire Department Training Centre in Ontario is opening its doors once again for intensive training on what to do in emergency situations involving large animals. Learn alongside first responders the best practices for successful rescue in these stressful and potentially life-threatening situations. Registration is now open to all (must be at least 18 years of age) for the next offering of Equine Guelph’s Large Animal Rescue Awareness/Operational Training to be held October 12 (evening), 13 and 14, 2018.

The 2018 Event is On Track to Have More Than 700 Participating Retailers in 19 Countries. Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day, to be held August 18 and 19, 2018, expects to have a record number of participating retailers this year.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events in a pre-determined location. The FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event. The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be held in Mill Spring, NC, over 13 days from September 11-23rd, 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Guelph, ON Aug. 8, 2018 - While most of us are more concerned with eliminating waste, the examination of manure and gut contents are providing fascinating upcoming studies for two Ontario Veterinary College researchers, Drs Scott Weese and Luis Arroyo.

How many ways can you think of to stress out a horse? Trailering, bathing, clipping, vet visits, hoof trims, bridling, saddling — the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, calming options are not. Thanks to research conducted at the University of Arizona (UA), horsemen and horsewomen have a new tool to help manage equine stress, and it’s as simple as a sniff. A sniff of lavender, that is.

The Swedish insurance company Folksam has independently tested 15 riding helmets for children and adults available on the Swedish market. Their test shows that only three out of fifteen helmets obtained the Folksam “Best in Test” or “Good Choice” label. If you are unlucky to find yourself in an accident, the right choice of equestrian helmet may prevent a concussion. The test also shows that the price is irrelevant in choosing a helmet as one of the most expensive helmets was among the worst performing ones.

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