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Horse owners in Alberta are keeping a close watch on their horses after an outbreak of Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) in the province.

Alberta has seen clusters of cases so far this year, according to Dr. Ashley Whitehead, DVM, BSc, DVSc, Diplomate ACVIM (large animal), University of Calgary.

Caused by the bacterium neorickettsia risticii, symptoms include fever, depression, decreased appetite, mild colic, and diarrhea. More serious symptoms include abortion of fetuses by pregnant mares, laminitis, and death in approximately 30% of infected horses.

The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) has launched an online training program, in an effort to increase awareness around nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of equines.

The FEI Board has suspended the National Federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following a detailed investigation into the circumstances around two National Endurance Events (CEN) in January and February 2020 - the Sheikh Mohammed Cup and The President's Cup – that should have been held as International Endurance Events (CEIs) as the number of foreign athletes far exceeded the quota permitted for National Events.

The horse community is shocked and saddened by the loss of young eventer, Zara Buren, in a tragic riding accident in the late afternoon of Monday, September 21, 2020.

As part of the Competitions Structural Alignment project, Equestrian Canada (EC) is collaborating with the University of Guelph on a research project to identify the cost of participating in sport. The findings from this research will provide important data and support EC with their review of the competition system to help them better align the pathway from pony to podium. Your participation is strongly encouraged and, by doing so, you have the chance to win a fantastic prize!

For 25 years the Canadian Warmblood Alberta Chapter has hosted the Fall Classic Sale. Over those years, the Fall Sale became known to buyers across North America as a auction to attend to see what quality Warmblood riding horses, mares, young stock, and embryos would be presented for auction. This year marks The Fall Sales 26th year running, and will be run as a fully online auction.

A Forward-Moving Equestrian Community - After a “spring of surprises,” a “summer of fluctuation,” we move into a “fall of uncertainty,” and with a nod to Shakespeare, possibly a “winter of discontent.” We’re talking about COVID-19 of course, and how it has affected horse owners and competitors, and those wishing to become certified as Equestrian Canada Coaches and Officials.

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